You probably know that the Game Of Thrones series is based on the book series A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin. As of the end of Season 5, the Game Of Thrones we watch on HBO has more or less caught up with the books, plotwise. But as we gear up for the premiere of Season 6 on April 24, there are still a few holes to be filled.
Warning: 'GOT' spoilers ahead! 'Song Of Ice And Fire' spoilers, too!
Who Is Lady Stoneheart?
One character from the books never appeared on TV and Season 6 might just be the right time for Lady Stoneheart to make her entrance. You know her by her previous name, Catelyn Stark.
That's right. For those of you who haven't read the books, Michelle Jaworski of The Daily Dot fills us in on the plot point the show passed on. Apparently, although Catelyn Stark is killed at the Red Wedding, she is resurrected a few days later by Beric Dondarrion and Thoros Of Myr. In the book A Storm Of Swords, or what would have been the Season 4 finale, 'The Children,' Lady Stoneheart would have appeared at the end, hanging three Frey's that participated in the Red Wedding. In the next book, A Feast For Crows, she becomes a terrible rumor throughout Westeros, killing Lannisters, Freys and Boltons (oh my!).
But she never showed up! A lot of fans were pretty devastated:
But what does this have to do with Season 6?
HBO just released this poster to help get us even more freaked out for Season 6:
It's Catelyn Stark in the House Of The Undying. Except — is she smirking?
In conjunction with the first teaser (catch a recap of it and read up on some Tyrion theories here), some fans said that they thought Catelyn's presence here could be indicative of her impending return as the undead Lady Stoneheart.
And if Catelyn Stark can return from the dead, who's to say what that could mean for other characters (*cough* Jon Snow! *cough*)? Aside from dragons, White Walkers and Melisandre the Red Witch/Priestess, Game Of Thrones hasn't really focused on magic too heavily. When you die, you die. But now, the introduction of Lady Stoneheart could open the door for infinite undead possibilities.
But is this just wishful thinking? Maybe. James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly has a lengthy piece about why it's for the best that Lady Stoneheart stays dead. He says,
"Removing LS from HBO’s version gives the story of Catelyn Stark a stronger — albeit more tragic — ending. I want to remember Catelyn for who she was, not as some twisted Monkey’s Paw version."
Since the teaser trailer features so many faces, including those of people we know are either still living (e.g., Sansa, Tyrion, Daenerys), or dead and with no reason to believe they would be resurrected (e.g., Robb, Joffrey), maybe Catelyn's face isn't foreshadowing after all.
Do you think Lady Stoneheart will appear in Season 6?
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Source: The Daily Dot