Spoilers for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire below
Looks like critics who felt "Game of Thrones" was getting plenty supernatural without the addition of book-reader favorite character Lady Stoneheart are getting their wish: Michelle Fairley, who played the pre-dead Catelyn Stark, has told Entertainment Weekly she will not be returning as George R.R. Martin’s reanimated angel of vengeance. (She also discusses this week’s episode of "24: Live Another Day," so spoilers there as well.)
You couldn’t have missed the online furor over the lack of Lady Stoneheart in the "Thrones" finale. Were you surprised by that attention?
I actually haven’t seen any of that. I don’t look that stuff up. I avoid it like the plague. I was totally unaware.
There was a lot of online conversation. I heard third-hand that you were basically told that it’s not likely to ever happen. Is that accurate?
Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead.
Do you have a preference at all—do you think Catelyn’s arc should end where it ended, or would you be into the resurrection idea?
You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent. It’s impossible—they only have 10 hours per season. They have got to keep it dramatic and exciting, and extraneous stuff along the way gets lost in order to maintain the quality of brilliant show.
Turns out Lena Headey was just messing with fans, which is nearly as wrong as unfairly condemning your brother to death for the murder of your son.