Don’t hold your breath for that Lady Stoneheart storyline, “Game of Thrones” fans.
According to author George R.R. Martin the wildly popular plot point, featured in his writing, was shot down by show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The author, who penned the books on which the HBO original series is based, told Time magazine he pushed for Michelle Fairley’s character to return following her Season 3 death. Martin, 68, recalled his confrontation with Weiss and Benioff about it as “the first major” disagreement they had about where “Game of Thrones” should go.
Ever a traditionalist, the New Jersey native was hopeful the series would stay true to the books. Weiss and Benioff had something else in mind.
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“At some points, when David and Dan and I had discussions about what way we should go in, I would always favor sticking with the books, while they would favor making changes,” he said. “I think one of the biggest ones would probably be when they made the decision not to bring Catelyn Stark back as Lady Stoneheart. That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and David and Dan made that decision.”
In the books, the Stark family matriarch returns from the dead after the now-infamous Red Wedding. Following her resurrection, she’s known as Lady Stoneheart — the vengeful leader of the Brotherhood without Banners.
She makes it her mission to get back at House Lannister, killing them and their associates.
While Weiss and Benioff opted not to pursue this storyline, Martin’s supportive of their direction.
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“David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads. But both of them are equally valid, I think, because Catelyn Stark is a fictional character and she doesn’t exist,” he said. “You can tell either story about her.”
The final two seasons of “Game of Thrones” may not give fans everything they want, but they’ll have plenty to look forward to.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tease a major battle to come in Season 7, telling the Daily News it’s “the biggest fight scene” he’s shot since debuting on the show in 2012. It seems it’s one of many that made it into the penultimate installment of the HBO series.
“There are couple of good war stories from (the upcoming season), but sharing them now would be impossible without getting into spoiler country,” he said.
It’s not just the battles that are getting bigger as “Game of Thrones” comes to an end. Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam recently told fans to expect to see the return of the dragons and a whole lot more fire, among other things.
“It’s very safe to say everything is on a bigger scale,” he shared. “David Benioff has mentioned that we set fire to an awful lot of people this year, so I think you can expect there’ll be quite a lot of dragon work this season”
“We did 73 full body burns in one sequence this year in under 10 days. We set fire to 20 guys at once. I think they’re both probably records.”
“Game of Thrones” returns Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m.
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