Will Lady Stoneheart, or Worse, Rise from the Crypt in Game of Thrones Season 8?

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The first two episodes of Game of Thrones, Season 8 have certainly been emotional. From reunions, to rising tensions, to Brienne of Tarth finally getting her knighthood (I’m not crying, you’re crying), there’s been a lot to absorb. Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, saw the majority of the characters that managed to survive thus far contemplate their pending fate. Lost among the camaraderie and nostalgia, however, is an ominous underpinning when it comes to the Stark family crypt. Could we finally see Lady Stoneheart appear in Game of Thrones?

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Lady Stark, well before “The Red Wedding”. Image: HBO

For those not familiar, Lady Stoneheart is the identity Catelyn Stark took on in George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords novel. In the book, Catelyn perishes during the “Red Wedding”, just as she does on the show. However, Lord Beric Dondarrion sacrifices himself so the Lord of Light can resurrect the Stark matriarch. Partially decayed with most of her memory gone, Lady Stoneheart’s only mission in the Game of Thrones was to exterminate her enemies.

Is the Crypt Really Safe in Game of Thrones?

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When the dead are coming, is going to the dead the best plan? Image: HBO

Obviously the Game of Thrones show took a different turn with the character… thus far. With the Night King, White Walkers, and an army of wights bearing down on Winterfell however….  Remember, the White Walkers can raise the dead. And there’s been a lot of emphasis on the women and children going to the Stark family crypt to be safe. All it takes is one White Walker to access the crypt and resurrect all of family Stark as members of the undead army.

Lady Stoneheart; Game of Thrones
Karsi joins the army of the dead at the battle of Hardhome. Image: HBO

Likewise, Dondarrion is present at Winterfell for the battle, his true purpose yet to be revealed. Could there still be a chance Lady Stoneheart rises in Game of Thrones? And would she join the dead, or fight for her Stark namesakes and the living? Regardless of what happens, after watching episode 2, I have no doubt that the crypt is somehow key.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9:00 pm. Now, there’s only six episodes left.

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