There are many modifications between HBO’s Sport of Thrones sequence and George R.R. Martin’s authentic A Tune of Ice and Fireplace books — no less than those which were launched thus far. However even with all of the modifications, Woman Stoneheart garnered a lot fan consideration and was talked up so relentlessly by book-readers that even essentially the most informal Sport of Thrones watcher had questions on whether or not or not she would seem.
Because the revenant by no means truly made an look within the sequence, followers have at all times had a number of excellent questions on why she was reduce. Fortunately, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have lastly supplied some solutions.
[Ed Note: This post contains spoilers for the entire Game of Thrones series.]
The showrunners’ Woman Stoneheart information comes from the upcoming e-book “Fireplace Can not Kill a Dragon,” James Hibbard’s behind-the-scenes take a look at the making of HBO’s Sport of Thrones sequence, which had an excerpt revealed in Leisure Weekly.
As a little bit of temporary background for many who aren’t within the loop, Woman Stoneheart is the resurrected type of Catelyn Stark. Following the occasions of the Purple Marriage ceremony, the place Catelyn was murdered, Beric Dondarrion offers his life to resurrect Catelyn. However she’s totally different when she returns to life.
Her wounds from the marriage don’t heal, and stop her from talking. Extra importantly she now has an all-consuming want for vengeance over her and her household’s betrayal. She takes management of the Brotherhood With out Banners, and roams Westeros searching for her revenge towards the Lannisters and the Freys.
In response to Benioff and Weiss the the primary motive they skipped out on Woman Stoneheart was due to a plot element from considered one of Martin’s upcoming books. Sadly, the pair solely provided this tease, however averted truly discussing the occasions in query to keep away from spoilers for Martin’s books. In fact, we are able to at all times make our personal inferences, and primarily based on the place Woman Stoneheart is within the books it’s definitely attainable that this has one thing to do with Brienne.
The second motive was just a little extra easy and sensible. Benioff and Weiss knew that Jon Snow’s resurrection was on the horizon, so that they opted to reduce the variety of characters who got here again from the useless. They figured if too many characters got here again it might dampen the shock when Jon got here again in season 6 after dying in season 5.
The ultimate causes the showrunning duo had for not together with Woman Stoneheart was merely that Catelyn Stark’s loss of life was simply too good the primary time round. For Sport of Thrones as a sequence, the Purple Marriage ceremony is perhaps its most iconic and vital moments and Benioff and Weiss felt it might reduce the marriage’s emotional affect if one of many characters returned, regardless of how badly scarred. One other associated challenge for the pair was that they felt the Woman Stoneheart function would have been a waste of Michelle Fairley.
“Catelyn’s final second was so unbelievable and Michelle is such an awesome actress, to convey her again as a zombie who doesn’t converse felt like diminishing returns,” Benioff mentioned.
Whereas none of those solutions are too shocking, it’s good to lastly have some clarification of why the fan-favorite character by no means made it to the display. On prime of that, it’s troublesome to not really feel like characters like Woman Stoneheart, or Younger Griff might have been integral components of the present’s previous couple of seasons had they been included.
The truth is, Martin himself has mentioned that Woman Stoneheart “is a crucial a part of” the sequence’ sixth e-book, “The Winds of Winter.” At the least with Benioff and Weiss’ tantalizing trace that a part of the explanation she wasn’t included being a plot level in Martin’s unreleased books, followers can relaxation assured that Woman Stoneheart is as soon as once more returning to the sequence.