This is a tricky spoiler, because it concerns an event that happens in the book, but apparently, will never happen in the series, so I guess it’s a spoiler for a non-event. Also, SPOILER: Book readers and non-book readers are likely to feel pangs of disappointment.
But here it is: You know who Lady Stoneheart is, right? She’s basically zombie Catelyn Stark. In the book, after her body was dumped in the river by the Freys and pulled out by Arya’s direwolf, Thoros of Myr resurrects after Catelyn as Lady Stoneheart. Her face is bloated, her throat is slashed (she she can’t speak), she’s got blood on her dress, and her makeup is ruined, so she’s pissed. So, she goes out on a vengeful streak, killing off those who wronged her family (which would include most of Westeros).
That would’ve been cool to see.
But we’re not going to see it, at least according to Michelle Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she put that notion to bed:
“The character’s dead. She’s dead … 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.”
A zombie Catelyn Stark who kills Freys hardly sounds extraneous, and I’m assuming there are characters in the television series who are killed by Lady Stoneheart who will need to find new ways to horrifically depart the series. My suggestion: Bring in Michonne.
Of course, it’s possible that Fairley doesn’t know what she’s talking about, or that she’s lying in order to make her re-appearance a surprise, or that someone else will be cast as Lady Stoneheart, but the ideal time for her resurrection was the season finale, so we may have missed the boat on this one. It’s fine, that just means more time for Sam and Gilly (*pulls out gun, sticks it in mouth*)
On the other hand, the terrible job that EW did of spoiling Lady Stoneheart doesn’t matter now, does it?