‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5: Michelle Fairley Comments on Character Omission
[You're warned of major spoilers from both 'Game of Thrones' season 4 and George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books.]
Last week's 'Game of Thrones' finale, "The Children," sent many fans into an uproar for the surprising omission of one of the series' most shocking moments, the resurrection of a previously deceased character. Many still hold out hope said character might appear in season 5, but what does departed series star Michelle Fairley have to say that turns our hearts to stone?
Those holding out hope that Catelyn Stark could still someday resurrect as Lady Stoneheart may not like what Michelle Fairley has to say about it. Entertainment Weekly interviewed the actress on her '24: Live Another Day' character (beware the article's spoilers for that, as well), in the process questioning what Fairley thought about fan outcry from Lady Stoneheart's omission. Fairley avoided most of the commentary, though one exchange casts significant doubt on the return:
There was a lot of online conversation. I heard third-hand that you were basically told that it’s not likely to ever happen, is that accurate?
Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead.
Do you have a preference at all — do you think Catelyn’s arc should end where it ended, or would you be into the resurrection idea?
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.
Previously, 'Game of Thrones' season finale director Alex Graves suggested that the character had largely been omitted for a lack of any significant role in the book, and not wanting to shortchange Michelle Fairley with a meaningless return. Graves admitted that showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff might still find space for the character in season 5, though they hadn't shared any knowledge with him.
Well, what do you think? Fairley isn't the final authority on Lady Stoneheart, but do you think 'Game of Thrones' will find a place for the character in season 5? How would you like to see the books adapted and condensed as we catch up with George R.R. Martin's writing?
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