Lady Stoneheart — otherwise known as the reanimated corpse of Catelyn Stark — has long been a character who embodies the divide between Game of Thrones book fans and show fans. Sure, the show could omit other characters like Darkstar and consolidate plot lines like giving Sansa Jeyne Poole’s in Season 5. It seemed to skip Lady Stoneheart when she didn’t appear after the Red Wedding, or even the following season. But hope springs eternal even though A Song of Ice and Fire fans should have learned to abandon it, and many still thought the recent return of the Brotherhood Without Banners signified that she’d finally make her appearance. To book fans, she was the personification of Stark revenge – and in her case, book fans had one last piece of knowledge to hold onto.
There have been signs that there’s reason to hope – even three seasons after the logical introduction. After all, there are undead Starks all over the place now, between Jon’s resurrection, Benjen Stark’s return, and Arya’s apparent superhuman ability to survive a deep gut wound, a long fall, and not get infected by dirty water and oranges when Khal fucking Drogo died of an infected wound.
But in the most recent episode, when The Hound stumbles upon Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion, it’s a scene remarkably similar to Lady Stoneheart’s introduction. Here’s the actor performing it and confirming that Stoneheart Truther’s dreams are about to be crushed like The Mountain crushes heads.
It’s been a rough stretch for Game of Thrones fan theories: Cleganebowl has been cancelled, now Lady Stoneheart’s appearance has been too. But all is not lost; There’s still Mad Queen Cersei to look forward to. And don’t forget, The Blackfish died suspiciously offscreen.
Perhaps we can look forward to an undead vengeful throat-cut Blackfish kicking ass and taking names alongside The Hound in the near future.