You can attempt to convince yourself otherwise, or get drunk on Imp’s Delight wine and come up with the craziest theory that makes sense in the moment, but it’s apparent by now: Lady Stoneheart will not be on Game of Thrones.
Last night’s messy episode would have been the time to do it, but the show pivoted, and now the Brotherhood Without Banners, led by a still-alive Beric Dondarrion, is devising a plan for how to stop the approaching White Walkers with assistance from the Hound. Beric would have needed to sacrifice his life to resurrect Cat Stark, who, it should be noted, died a long time ago — to put it delicately, there’s probably not much left to resurrect.
Even actor Jóhannes Haukur, who stoked our Lady Stoneheart fire last week with his cryptic tweets, has given up hope. His nasty character, Lem Lemoncloak, was killed by the Hound in “No One,” and to add insult to injury, also had his boots stolen. In the epilogue to George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords, Lem — or as his character’s called in the book, “the big man in the yellow cloak” — is the Don Pardo to Lady Stoneheart’s SNL host, introducing her to Walder Frey’s son Merrett. Here’s how the passage plays out:
“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.
We won’t get that scene on the show, but Haukur gave us a taste of what it might sound like on his Twitter. I think I might be pro-Stoneheart now?