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Sorry, But It Looks Like Lady Stoneheart Won’t Appear on ‘Game of Thrones’

Warning: This post contains spoilers for George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones fans who were outraged that, despite Lena Headey’s widely circulated Instagram teaser, Lady Stoneheart didn’t even get a cameo in the Season 4 finale, may want to brace themselves for some more bad news.

Michelle Fairley, whose Catelyn Stark met her memorably bloody end at the third season’s Red Wedding, appears to confirm she won’t be returning to the HBO drama as the vengeful reanimated corpse of the lady of Winterfell.

“Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead,” the actress tells Entertainment Weekly. “[…] You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent. It’s impossible—they only have 10 hours per season. They have got to keep it dramatic and exciting, and extraneous stuff along the way gets lost in order to maintain the quality of brilliant show.”

Alex Graves, who directed the Season 4 finale, recently clarified that Lady Stoneheart was never intended to be part of the episode (Headey insisted the “stone heart” photo was just “me in Palm Springs drunk going, ‘This is so pretty'”), and cast doubts as to whether the character will ever appear.

“I think the bottom line is that there was so much going on [in the episode], at least from where I stood,” he told Vulture, “that it wasn’t something to get into because, you know, when you get into taking Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, and making her a zombie who doesn’t speak and goes around killing people, what’s the best way to integrate that into the show? I don’t think there was room for it this season. I don’t know what they’re going to do about it, because it is certainly something people attached to. […]

“From what I know of the books, it’s like, OK, what’s she really there for? Because I think she goes around — and it’s vague to me because I haven’t had to direct it, so I haven’t looked at this in detail — but essentially she’s a reaction to the Red Wedding. Part of the reason I think people got so wound up with her coming back, I think, was because of the emotional toll of the Red Wedding, which I totally get. Like, Bring her back and have her kill some people! Joffrey’s death was meant to play to that need a little bit. And also Tywin’s.”

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  • E. Wilson

    Great, the one time I actually WANT a zombie in a franchise….

  • twincast

    “Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead,” the actress tells Entertainment Weekly.
    “[…] You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was
    it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent. It’s impossible—they only
    have 10 hours per season. They have got to keep it dramatic and
    exciting, and extraneous stuff along the way gets lost in order to
    maintain the quality of brilliant show.”

    But adding loads of extraneous stuff and completely rewriting scenes, plots and characters to achieve that “brilliance” is totally fine…

    “I think the bottom line is that there was so much going on [in the episode], at least from where I stood,” he told Vulture,
    “that it wasn’t something to get into because, you know, when you get
    into taking Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, and
    making her a zombie who doesn’t speak and goes around killing people,
    what’s the best way to integrate that into the show? I don’t think there
    was room for it this season. I don’t know what they’re going to do
    about it, because it is certainly something people attached to. […]

    A) She does speak, albeit rarely. B) There’s more to acting than one’s voice.

    “From what I know of the books, it’s like, OK, what’s she really there for? Because I think she goes around — and it’s vague to me because I haven’t had to direct it, so I haven’t looked at this in detail — but essentially she’s a reaction to the Red Wedding. Part of the reason I think people got so wound up with her coming back, I think, was because of the emotional toll of the Red Wedding, which I totally get. Like, Bring her back and have her kill some people! Joffrey’s death was meant to play to that need a little bit. And also Tywin’s.”

    Face. Palm.

  • Tom Whaley

    How about we just wait and find out? I doubt that the people involved in the next season of “Game of Thrones” are dying to let the internet know exactly what will and will not be in it… I’m sure they’ll swat down and dissuade any rumors. She might make it in there. She might not. Part of the fun of watching a show or movie is finding out what happens when it happens, and not through rumors and news posts on the internet…

  • Guest

    (1) If they were willing to leave her out of season 4’s finale knowing that there’d be an expectation for an appearance… what makes you think they’d actually admit to having plans for her?

    (2) Not having her in season 5 doesn’t mean she can’t show up later, when events finally start heading towards a legit conclusion.

    (3) The fact is that both zombies and resurrection (of sorts) have been introduced into the show, so she’s still a possibility.

    I think she will come back to the show, but only when the writers have figured out exactly what purpose she serves.

  • http://twitter.com/virgofromjersey Andrew

    Horrible idea to cut her wholly from the show. How much time did we spend on Podrick’s fantastic junk? or a multitude of other extraneous storylines? Bad, bad, bad.

  • Ben

    I’ve got to imagine with the Lena Headlys pic that this is just their way of building excitement, Lady LS will make a return, otherwise what is the freaking point of Brienne’s journey? Plus who just takes a random picture of a stone heart. I say let the nerd rage flow, and let HBO know that we can deal with Coldhands being cut (where is Benjen Stark btw??), but cutting LS is to much.

    Let the hate flow through you my internet minions…. Go spread the word….