SPOILERS for the final episode of Game of Thrones' fourth series, just everywhere. I mean, even this sentence could be one.
So, by now you'll most likely have seen the final episode of Game of Thrones' fourth season. Which means a) we all now have to wait almost a year for more Westerosi intrigue, violence and gratuitous scenes set in brothels, and b) we now know that a certain character didn't appear.
Online chatter leading into the finale was all a-quiver with expectation - not only for all of the awesome stuff we did see, but for one particular character who didn't show their face.
That character? Lady Stoneheart.
If you don't already know who that is, then now's the moment of truth. Read the blocked off section below at your peril:
She's a zombie Catelyn Stark, returned from the dead. Yup. That's totally a thing now.
The point, though, whether you know who she is or not, is that her first appearance came at the very end of A Storm of Swords, the book that most of this latest series was based on. Which meant she was most fan's guess for the season's final shot.
Why didn't she appear then? Well, fortunately for us, Alex Graves, who directed the finale, has revealed exactly why to EW:
These quotes are completely spoiler-ific, though, so they've also been hidden from immediate view:
“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.”
“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.”
So... That totally just opened up way more questions than it answered...
I mean, does this mean we might not see the character at all?
Tell us Alex Graves! For the love of the Red God, tell us!
"“As somebody who’s worked deep inside the show, begged to have an answer and wants more than anybody, I have no idea...They won’t tell me. They’re very good at being secretive.”
Now that's all i'm going to be thinking about all week...
Game of Thrones will return in 2015. And not soon enough, too.