Season four of Game of Thrones was arguably the best season yet of HBO’s mega-popular fantasy epic, breaking all sorts of viewing records along the way to becoming the all-time most popular show on HBO. But if you ask fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series about how they feel the season concluded, they’ll likely mention one glaring omission: Lady Stoneheart.
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For those who haven’t read the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Catelyn Stark’s journey does not end with the “Red Wedding,” despite the fact that she was undoubtedly killed in the shocking wedding massacre. After being thrown in a river, Catelyn’s body is dragged from the river by a direwolf, likely Arya Stark’s, and is eventually found by the Brotherhood Without Banners. Beric Dondarrion then gives his life to resurrect Catelyn who later goes on to lead the Brotherhood Without Banners under the name Lady Stoneheart. Her mission? Vengeance to all those who have wronged her. Her omission from the final episodes of season four was slightly disappointing to fans of the book series, but the general consensus had been that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were simply waiting to introduce her in the fifth season. Now, it appears that the Lady Stoneheart arc will be the first major storyline to be cut from the television series, which is likely to see an increasing number of changes from its source material as it enters it’s second half. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark, seemed to confirm that Lady Stoneheart won’t be making an appearance in the TV series despite some major concerns from fans of the books. “Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead,” Fairley said, implying that “dead” meant the character was done from the show entirely.