‘Game Of Thrones:’ Will Catelyn Stark Return as Lady Stoneheart In the Final Episodes?

Winter is here — and it’s more frigid then we could have ever imagined. We are in the home stretch with the final episodes of Game of Thrones and the end is looming down upon us. At the end of Season 8, Episode 2 –“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” –we watched all of our favorite characters come together at Winterfell to prepare for battle.

Though there was some drinking, singing, and lovemaking –when the alarm rang at the end of the episode –alerting everyone of the Night King and the White Walkers arrival —it signaled the end of Game of Thrones as we know it. However, it also convinced GoT fans that Catelyn Stark would be returning as Lady Stonehart before it’s all said and done.

Who is Lady Stoneheart?

In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and during Season 3 of Game of Thrones — Catelyn Stark is murdered at the Red Wedding along with her son Robb Stark and his pregnant wife. That was the last we saw of Catelyn on the show. However, in the books –her body is found by the Brotherhood Without Banners, and she is raised from the dead as Lady Stoneheart by a magical kiss from Beric Dondarrion. According to the Game of Thrones fan Wiki,

Death has changed Catelyn. Stoneheart is less gracious and forgiving than in life and is consumed with a desire for vengeance on anyone she thinks betrayed her and her son, Robb. She hangs any men associated with the Freys, Boltons, or Lannisters, even if they had nothing to do with the ‘Red Wedding’ or if they are boys.

How can Catelyn Stark return as Lady Stoneheart?

All of the dead Starks including Ned, Catelyn, and Jon Snow’s real mother Lyanna are entombed in the crypt below Winterfell. The Night King and the White Walkers raise the dead to create their arm of wights or –The Army of the Dead. If the Night King or one of the White Walkers get near the crypt–they could indeed raise the dead.

Why would Lady Stoneheart appear in the final episodes of Game of Thrones?

In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”– the episode closes as Podrick Payne, Brienne of Tarth, Devos Seaworth, Jamie Lannister, Tormound, and Tyrion Lannister reminisce, drink, share a song, and prepare for battle. It’s clear that they all won’t make it out alive once the battle begins. In the books–it is Lady Stoneheart who is responsible for killing Podrick and Brienne of Tarth.

This is what George R.R. Martin said about Lady Stoneheart

After Catelyn Stark’s demise –George R.R. Martin spoke with TIME about why Lady Stoneheart never appeared on Game of Thrones. He said,

That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and [creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] made that decision. In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands. David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads. But both of them are equally valid, I think, because Catelyn Stark is a fictional character and she doesn’t exist. You can tell either story about her.

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