George R.R. Martin on the one book character he would have kept on Game of Thrones

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Apr 11, 2018

While we patiently wait until at least 2019 for George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter (the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy saga), the author has revealed which important book character he wishes the Game of Thrones TV show would have kept.

In an interview with the Chinese edition of Esquire magazine, Martin spoke about the one change he'd most like to make on the HBO series: keeping the character of Catelyn Stark (played by Michelle Fairley) around as the terrifying Lady Stoneheart.

“In the book, characters can be resurrected. After Catelyn’s resurrection, it was Lady Stoneheart who became a vengeful and merciless killer. In the sixth book, I still continue to write her. She is an important part of the entire book. [Keeping her character] is the change I most wish I could make in the [show],” said Martin.

To be fair, characters have been resurrected on the TV adaptation as well. Beric Dondarrion has been brought back to life several times by Thoros of Myr. And at the start of Season 6, Jon Snow was resurrected by Melisandre after being murdered by his fellow brothers of the Night’s Watch in the Season 5 finale.

Ned Stark’s wife and the mother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon -- Catelyn met her demise along with Robb and his wife during the infamous Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones back in Season 3. While she is officially dead on the show, Catelyn is currently undead and kicking (and killing Freys left and right) in Martin's book series as Lady Stoneheart, making her first appearance in the epilogue section of A Storm of Swords, with additional small appearances in A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

What do you think? Do you agree with Martin and wish Game of Thrones had kept Catelyn Stark around as Lady Stoneheart?

(via CNet, Digital Spy)