If there is one thing that George R.R. Martin could make to Game of Thrones from the books, what would it be? This is a very interesting question to think about, largely because of the fact that there are so many things that he could’ve chose. There are so many characters, after all, who are either very different within the HBO series than they are in the source material. There are also others who died earlier on in the show that are still alive.
Take, for example, Lady Stoneheart. Catelyn Stark’s death back in the Red Wedding was one of the most significant parts of the series, but executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss opted to keep her death permanent on the show as a means of creating some finality. They have also given some of that storyline presumably over to Arya in terms of her own ways of getting vengeance. Basically, the showrunners have condensed certain stories for the characters that they do have and are emphasizing characters who are already present. Everyone at Dorne is a really good example of that.
To get a little bit more insight on how Martin feels about Stoneheart now, take a look at some of his comments via Esquire China:
“In the book, characters can be resurrected. After Catelyn is resurrected as Lady Stoneheart, she becomes a vengeful, heartless killer … In the sixth book, I still continue to write her. She is an important character in the set of books. [Keeping her character] is the change I most wish I could make in the [show].”
There was a time in which we thought that Game of Thrones was going to surprise us with an appearance of Stoneheart at some point down the line, but that just hasn’t happened. With the six-episode final season premiering on HBO in 2019, it feels almost impossible to bring in Stoneheart at this point. There just isn’t time, and Catelyn instead has received an element of peace in the afterlife (so we like to presume) that isn’t there in the books.
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