'Game of Thrones' Season 4 finale: Lady Stoneheart absence explained by director

game-of-thrones-lady-stoneheart-instagram.jpg Warning: Huge spoilers for the novel "A Storm of Swords" and for potential future "Game of Thrones" reveals are contained in this article. If you are unaware of the identity of "Lady Stoneheart," read on at your own risk.

There was an expectation that the character known as "Lady Stoneheart" would arrive in the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale, just as she was revealed in the epilogue of George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel, "A Storm of Swords." But according to director Alex Graves, that was never, ever, ever the plan for the TV series.

"What's funny is that it was never going to be in the season, yet it took off on the Internet like it was going to happen," he tells Entertainment Weekly.

That statement leads to the next logical question: Why leave it out?

Hopefully everyone reading to this point is aware of the game-changing plot twist, but for the uninitiated, "Lady Stoneheart" is actually Catelyn Stark, brought back from the dead by Thoros of Myr. The reveal that Catelyn is alive again, albeit mutilated and very, very vengeful, is one of the biggest shockers in Martin's books, and one that many fans are protective of.

According to Graves, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn't think adding the storyline would do much for the series at this point in time. 

"To bring back Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, to be a zombie for a little while -- and just kill people? It is really sort of, what are we doing with that? How does it play into the whole story in a way that we're really going to like? It just didn't end up being a part of what was going to happen this season. And finally one [more] reason: In case you didn't notice, a lot happens this season," Graves says. "To add that in is something they opted out of."

So will it ever happen? That's a question for Benioff and Weiss.

"As somebody who's worked deep inside the show, begged to have an answer and wants more than anybody, I have no idea," Graves tells EW. "They won't tell me. They're very good at being secretive."

Interestingly, Graves also seems to say that the Hound's storyline is over in "Game of Thrones" after the Season 4 finale, even though there is a pretty strong theory that he actually survives after Arya leaves him to die

"As far as The Hound, as I told the story ... he's gone. How is he going to survive that? The real point of it was that she walks away, it wasn't that it's left open ended," Graves says.
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