[Warning: the following article is dark and full of spoilers!]
Lady Stoneheart may finally be introduced in Game of Thrones!
Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have kept the character out of the series for three seasons now, perhaps because they deemed her too unrealistic for a show where dragons rule the skies and every woman has perfect boobs. But if this season has proven anything, it’s that any and all A Song of Ice and Fire story lines are fair game in the TV adaptation .
Lady Stoneheart, for those of you who don’t know, is a zombified version of Catelyn Stark.
The Freys threw Catelyn’s body in the river after murdering her during the Red Wedding, and in the novels, her corpse was found a couple days later by the Brotherhood Without Banners. Their leader, Beric Dondarrion, was able to resurrect Catelyn by trading his life for hers. However, the resurrection wasn’t perfect. Catelyn’s slashed throat and other wounds were only somewhat healed, leaving her disfigured and unable to speak.
She takes on the persona of Lady Stoneheart and gains control over the Brotherhood, using the group to exact revenge on those who have wronged her… especially the Lannisters and their collaborators.
There is no solid evidence to prove that Lady Stoneheart is in fact leading the Brotherhood in the television series (at least not yet), but if Game of Thrones is planning to go that route, then they’ve laid the foundation for it perfectly.
The audience was freshly reminded of Catelyn Stark and her death this season during one of Bran Stark’s visions, and Walder Frey mentioned her death while planning a coup.
The Brotherhood Without Banners is said to be wreaking havoc for the Freys, and with the group back in the series, it’s only a matter of time before we find out just who is leading them.
My money’s on the character who has the biggest beef against the Freys, Lady Stoneheart, but only time will tell!