POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD FOR "GAME OF THRONES" SEASON 5 AND THE ENTIRE "A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE" BOOK SERIES BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN.
This past season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" saw the big-budget fantasy show diverging from the books in some key areas. The upcoming fifth season of the show is expected to continue down this path.
One of the biggest changes though may have been confirmed today. The lack of an appearance of Lady Stoneheart in the recent season finale surprised some, including the episode's director Alex Graves.
In an interview the other week, Graves said he asked the producers about the character's inclusion during production and was told not only was it not going to be hinted at in the fourth season, but she may not appear at all.
One person who would know if the resurrected Catelyn Stark would be coming back is actress Michelle Fairley who played Catelyn during the first three seasons. EW recently spoke to Fairley about her current role on "24: Live Another Day" and asked her about Stoneheart.
The interviewer said he had heard third-hand that Fairley was told she wouldn't be coming back. Fairley replied: "Yeah, the character's dead. She's dead".
Asked if she thought Catelyn's arc should stay closed or if she'd be into the resurrection idea, she says: "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."
Such a character omission does change the story for several characters, most notably Brienne of Tarth. It also would suggest that Lady Stoneheart herself has little overall impact on future storylines (of which the producers have been made aware by Martin) which allow them to get away with cutting her out of the action.