Game of Thrones finale “The Children” delivered a number of notable moments – Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Arya (Maisie Williams) meeting, Breaker of Chains Dany (Emilia Clarke) chaining her dragons, and of course, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) killing Tywin (Charles Dance). Book fans, however, were eager for one more shock that never appeared.

Lady Stoneheart Missing In Game Of Thrones Finale

In George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, there was another momentous event that fit into the timeline of the finale. In the epilogue of the third book, A Storm of Swords, a character by the name of Lady Stoneheart manifests. She’s a being brought back to life, vengeful and disfigured, and she also once was Catelyn Stark nee Tully (Michelle Fairley), widow of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and mother to Arya, Sansa (Sophie Turner), Brann (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson), and the late Robb (Richard Madden).

Three days after the infamous Red Wedding, Arya’s direwolf discovers that Catelyn’s body is in a river, where the Frey’s had tossed her. Lord Beric Dondarrion, following the direwolf, retrieves Catelyn Stark and has her resurrected with the Lord of Light’s power. The magic works to revive her, but she’s a far cry from the Stark matriarch – and thus becomes Lady Stoneheart.

With half-rotted flesh and a gaping throat wound from the fatal slash, Lady Stoneheart is almost unrecognizable from the red-haired mother of five. Her personality is even further from that of her former self. Leading the Brotherhood Without Banners, she oversees a number of hangings of Lannisters, Freys and Boltons. Lady Stoneheart isn’t one for mercy and eventually exerts her ruthlessness on her once-trusted knight Brienne.

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss had a lot of material to cover in the finale, which proved to be one of the show’s best episodes yet. It’s uncertain if Benioff and Weiss felt that introducing Lady Stoneheart in season 5 would be more impactful, or if they plan on doing away with the character altogether. Book fans, if Twitter chatter is any indication, were deeply disappointed in the exclusion of the character, and would likely be more so if she’s never to turn up in the HBO series.

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