Game of Thrones director explains why we didn't see [redacted] in the Season 4 finale

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Jun 16, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT (Updated)


If there's one thing that can be said about that Game of Thrones Season 4 finale, it's that it was epic (so many favorite moments, you guys!). If there's another, it's that many book fans feel like the show completely dropped the ball when it failed to introduce a very iconic book character in the closing shot of the finale.

Two little words: Lady Stoneheart.

A few weeks ago, an intriguing Instagram from Thrones actress Lena Headey was making the rounds, teasing the future appearance of the re-animated corpse of Catelyn Stark in a "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned murdered" type of way — a.k.a Lady Stoneheart — whose first book appearance was in the epilogue of George R.R. Martin’s third novel, A Storm of Swords.

Many felt that would have been a perfect (if totally chilling) way to end this climactic season, instead of with a shot of Arya (Maisie Williams) on a ship, sailing for Braavos. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Alex Graves (who directed a couple of pivotal Thrones episodes) revealed whether or not they even filmed a Lady Stoneheart scene. Here's what he said:

“It’s a great question, because it’s all I asked about last year when I was doing [the episode with Brotherhood Without Banners leader] Beric Dondarrion — who ultimately is the person who finds Catelyn and turns her into Lady Stoneheart. But no, they didn’t do it. It was never on the docket to do this season — ever.”

Well, that is rather disappointing. Graves then added:

“They [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have such a challenge adapting the books into a really focused television experience. It’s very hard, it’s very complicated, it’s much harder than they’ve been given credit for, I think — and they do a brilliant job. But to bring back Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, to be a zombie for a little while — and just kill people? It is really sort of, what are we doing with that? How does it play into the whole story in a way that we’re really going to like? It just didn’t end up being a part of what was going to happen this season. And finally one [more] reason: In case you didn’t notice, a lot happens this season … To add that in is something they opted out of. But what’s funny is that it was never going to be in the season, yet it took off on the Internet like it was going to happen.”

But when pressed on whether or not there was still a chance that Lady Stoneheart could make her eagerly anticipated, ghoulish appearance in Season 5, Graves said:

“As somebody who’s worked deep inside the show, begged to have an answer and wants more than anybody, I have no idea,” he said. “They won’t tell me. They’re very good at being secretive.”

Not a very encouraging answer; but since showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are keeping the show’s secrets and storylines close to their hearts (pun intended), there’s still a chance that Lady Stoneheart may yet terrorize us — and the Freys, Boltons, and pretty much everyone in the whole of the Seven Kingdoms — in next year’s fifth season.

As for the ultimate fate of The Hound (Rory McCann) — who was left badly injured in the wake of his fight with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), but still alive after Arya (Maisie Williams) refused to kill him and simply left him there, Graves suggested that he wouldn’t be coming back [something we absolutely doubt since a) we didn’t actually get to see him die and b) that joke about a maester hiding behind the rocks? Well, book readers will have an idea about THAT one and c) The Hound may die, but will Sandor Clegane survive?]. Here’s what Alex Graves said:

“As far as The Hound, as I told the story … he’s gone. How is he going to survive that? The real point of it was that she walks away, it wasn’t that it’s left open ended.”

What do you guys think? Were you as disappointed as we are that we didn’t get that Lady Stoneheart reveal at the end of Game of Thrones’ Season 4 finale? And do you think The Hound, or rather Sandor Clegane, will be back?

(via Entertainment Weekly)