Game of Thrones: Why Didn't Lady Stoneheart Appear?
During last nights season finale of Game of Thrones, many fans were eagerly anticipating the reveal of a new character. This post contains absolutely huge SPOILERS for Game of Thrones, so if you don’t want to know them then stop here.
In the books, Lady Stoneheart first appears in the epilogue of A Storm of Swords. She first leads the Brotherhood without Banners as they hunt down and then kill two young member of House Frey.
It is eventually revealed that this Lady Stoneheart is actually a resurrected Catelyn Stark. She still bears the scar on her throat where it was cut at the Red Wedding, and her body looks like corpse. All kindness and goodness has been drained for her, leaving only vengeance as she hunts down anyone connected to the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters.
There’s still the question of how Catelyn is alive at all. It turns out that Berric Dondarrion and the Brotherhood came upon her body floating in a river three days after the Red Wedding. Using Thoros of Myr’s power of resurrection, Dondarrion sacrificed his life in order to bring Catelyn back.
Stoneheart now leads the Brotherhood, but their mission has become one of bloodthirsty revenge, splitting the group over her motives. Stoneheart and the Brotherhood have mostly been background players in the books so far.
So did Lady Stoneheart make her appearance in the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale, as Lena Headey had hinted? Well, it turns out that the biggest shocker of the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale was that this character that everyone had expected to see was not shown. Immediately after the episode, fans turned to social media to express their disappointment and outrage over Lady Stoneheart not appearing.
It would have made for the perfect ending and tease for Season 5 if Lady Stoneheart had popped up at the end. Some fans expressed on social media that they even watched through the credits, expecting that Game of Thrones might give fans a post-credits surprise. But sadly, there was no Lady Stoneheart even after the credits.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Alex Graves (who directed a couple of pivotalThrones episodes) revealed whether or not they even filmed a Lady Stoneheart scene. Here's what he said:
“It’s a great question, because it’s all I asked about last year when I was doing [the episode with Brotherhood Without Banners leader] Beric Dondarrion — who ultimately is the person who finds Catelyn and turns her into Lady Stoneheart. But no, they didn’t do it. It was never on the docket to do this season — ever.”
Well, that is rather disappointing. Graves then added:
“They [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have such a challenge adapting the books into a really focused television experience. It’s very hard, it’s very complicated, it’s much harder than they’ve been given credit for, I think — and they do a brilliant job. But to bring back Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, to be a zombie for a little while — and just kill people? It is really sort of, what are we doing with that? How does it play into the whole story in a way that we’re really going to like? It just didn’t end up being a part of what was going to happen this season. And finally one [more] reason: In case you didn’t notice, a lot happens this season … To add that in is something they opted out of. But what’s funny is that it was never going to be in the season, yet it took off on the Internet like it was going to happen.”
But when pressed on whether or not there was still a chance that Lady Stoneheart could make her eagerly anticipated, ghoulish appearance in Season 5, Graves said:
“As somebody who’s worked deep inside the show, begged to have an answer and wants more than anybody, I have no idea,” he said. “They won’t tell me. They’re very good at being secretive.”
Not a very encouraging answer; but since showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are keeping the show’s secrets and storylines close to their hearts (pun intended) there’s still a chance that Lady Stoneheart may yet terrorize us — and the Freys, Boltons, and pretty much everyone in the whole of the Seven Kingdoms — in next year’s fifth season.
As for the ultimate fate of The Hound (Rory McCann) — who was left badly injured in the wake of his fight with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), but still alive after Arya (Maisie Williams) refused to kill him and simply left him there, Graves suggested that he wouldn’t be coming back [something we absolutely doubt since a) we didn’t actually get to see him die and b) that joke about a maester hiding behind the rocks? Well, book readers will have an idea about THAT one and c) The Hound may die, but will Sandor Clegane survive?]. Here’s what Alex Graves said:
“As far as The Hound, as I told the story … he’s gone. How is he going to survive that? The real point of it was that she walks away, it wasn’t that it’s left open ended.”
What do you guys think? Were you as disappointed as we are that we didn’t get that Lady Stoneheart reveal at the end of Game of Thrones’ Season 4 finale? And do you think The Hound, or rather Sandor Clegane, will be back?