The season finale of Game of Thrones has everyone talking about what went down but most of all about what didn’t happen. Alex Graves, director of “The Children,” has addressed to Entertainment Weekly the speculation surrounding the possible inclusion and the ultimate exclusion of the hair-raising epilogue from A Storm of Swords.
Major spoilers to follow below the cut!
On the subject of Lady Stoneheart, Graves tells EW:
“It was never on the docket to do this season — ever. The [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have such a challenge adapting the books into a really focused television experience. It’s very hard, it’s very complicated, it’s much harder then they’ve been given credit for, I think, and they do a brilliant job. But 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 reason, in case you didn’t notice, a lot happens this season … To add that in is something they opted out of. But 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.”
As for the odds of Stoneheart appearing on Game of Thrones in the future, Graves claims that he’s “begged to have an answer” but that he has no idea.
Ours is the Fury: The fact that they think bringing back Fairley to play a murderous zombie is a waste does not bode well for her inclusion in future seasons, but hope springs eternal.