(Warning: The following contains GIANT, HULKING SPOILERS for the most recent episode of HBO's 'Game of Thrones.' If you haven't yet seen Episode 8 of the current season, then proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood three-eyed raven suggests is wise.)
Now, with Game of Thrones originating from as gloriously extensive a source material as George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there were always going to be some casualties of adaptation. Beloved supporting characters were inevitably destined to miss out on making it to the screen, favorite plot-lines were doomed to fall by the wayside of plot necessity, and fan-favorite speeches were always likely to be passed over by a show that had long since skirted around their original context.
And yet, it's still a little painful to watch certain beloved lines drift into the murky waters of narrative impossibility. A case in point?
The Events Of Game Of Thrones Season 6, Episode 8 Mean We Won't Be Seeing One Fondly Remembered Line
Specifically, one delivered by a certain Lem Lemoncloak, the gentleman whose hanging at the hands of Beric Dondarrion The Hound stumbled across in the most recent episode of the show.
Who, being very much dead, will no longer be able to deliver a certain fan-favorite line -- one delivered to a character whose appearance in the show has been long-debated (and may or may not be likely after the events of this week's episode), but whose identity remains distinctly SPOILER-ific. As such, consider the rest of this here article to be, y'know, dark and full of potentially massive SPOILERS.
Keep going past the preview of next week's episode of Game of Thrones if you're inclined to hear more.
You've likely already heard the name Lady Stoneheart, but if you've somehow managed to avoid internet forums and all social media for the past five years or so, you might not know that she's also known by her original name: Catelyn Stark.
Who, in Martin's novels, was resurrected in the wake of the Red Wedding by none other than Beric Dondarrion, becoming a vengeance-seeking agent of death. Now with the novel's Dondarrion giving up his life to save Lady Catelyn's, many fans have speculated that his appearance in the latest episode of Game of Thrones means the end of our hopes for an appearance from Lady Stoneheart. Now, that may well prove false -- there's always hope, after all -- but one thing's for sure: We won't be seeing the now very much dead Lem Lemoncloak deliver his most famous line (delivered in the presence of, and partly to, Lady Stoneheart herself):
"'She don’t speak,' said the big man in the yellow cloak. 'You bloody bastards cut her throat too deep for that. But she remembers.' He turned to the dead woman and said, 'What do you say, m’lady? Was he part of it?'
"Lady Catelyn’s eyes never left him. She nodded."
Except, as it turns out...
The Guy Who Played Lem In Game Of Thrones Isn't Giving Up Such A Good Line That Easily
Yup, that's right -- Johannes Haukur, who (sadly, somewhat briefly) played Lem Lemoncloak in Game of Thrones, just posted a video of himself to Twitter, in which he delivers his character's most beloved line with no small amount of aplomb.
Now, sadly, that's likely the last we'll see of the gloriously nasty Lem in the show, but it sure was nice of Haukur to part ways with the Game of Thrones fan base in the geekiest way possible. Rest in peace, Lem, you village-slaughtering bastard you. Rest in peace (unless you run into Lady Stoneheart anywhere, in which case tell her to pop in for a cameo in the season finale).
What do you think, though?
Will we ever see Lady Stoneheart on 'Game of Thrones'?