Finally Explained: Why Lady Stoneheart Wasn’t in Game of Thrones


The Showrunners of Game of Thrones Finally Speak Up About Lady Stoneheart’s Absence

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones who has watched the show, and read the books, you probably noticed that there was a significant absence in the series: the one and only Lady Stoneheart. Well, now the showrunners are taking the time to explain why.

Lady Stoneheart

Catelyn Stark - Game of Thrones
Catelyn Stark – Game of Thrones (HBO)

For those not in the know, Lady Stoneheart is a character known to fans of the show, just not in the form you might expect. Before she died, she was known as Catelyn Stark. After her death (at the infamous Red Wedding), she was brought back to life, and she had a particular goal in mind.

Lady Stoneheart, as she is now known, was last seen (in the books) taking Brienne of Tarth captive. The entire series of events raises more questions than it answers. Unfortunately, that’s a question for The Winds of Winter (and later novels). So once again, we wait.

Her Absence

So, you’re probably wondering why Lady Stoneheart didn’t make an appearance in the show. Even without knowing the conclusion to her plot arc, it still feels fairly important to events, especially as she is likely going to try to track down all of her wayward children.

In Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon—a behind the scenes book about the show—the showrunners finally reveal all of the reasons why Lady Stoneheart never made her big cameo. As it turns out, there are actually three reasons why her appearance didn’t make the cut.

The Big Three

The first reason is a bit surprising, since the show showed the conclusion of the entire series, and thus could be considered a spoiler for the books. But they kept Lady Stoneheart out for spoiler reasons. Yes, you read that one correctly. They were concerned about spoiling her big reveal, as well as what George R.R. Martin had planned for her (which, once again, implies that it will be something major).

Reason number two: they didn’t want to lessen the impact of another resurrection. We are, of course, referring to the death and rise of Jon Snow. His death and then return to life were major moments in the series, drawing more viewers than ever. So this is a valid point, as one can argue that too many resurrections could cheapen the whole experience.

The last reason had to do with the lasting impact of the Red Wedding itself. It was, without a doubt, one of the biggest moments in the entire series. Even the musical score from that scene is enough to send chills down the spine of many fans. The concern here was that by undoing anything that occurred, even by bringing back only one of those characters, they were going to cheapen the entire scene. A valid point, unfortunately.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, it sounds like the showrunners were, first and foremost, concerned about the impact of the series. Specifically, revolving around the Red Wedding and Jon Stark’s role in the series. There is a dark implication that Catelyn Stark’s story is going to become explosive in the books, but we’re going to have to wait to find out about that bit. In the meantime, maybe sit down and read the rest of Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon?

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About the author

Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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