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Game of Thrones: Catelyn Stark died protecting Arya from Night King in cut scene | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Game of Thrones fans know Catelyn Stark (played by Michelle Fairley) died at the Red Wedding after the Freys betrayed the North.

She perished after watching her son Robb (Richard Madden) and unborn grandchild killed by Lannisters in one of the most grisly twists of the HBO series.

However, Catelyn’s death was originally set to be very different with the matriarch travelling North with Arya (Maisie Williams) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright).

As the Lannister army head North, George R.R. Martin had planned on her trying to seek shelter at The Wall with the Night’s Watch.

In an original draft for Game of Thrones, Catelyn would have taken her two children to the Night’s Watch to beg for protection.

However, as the men there abandon their families and give up their titles, they would be forced to turn their backs on the Starks.

Of course, this would leave Jon Snow (Kit Harington) devastated as he was fond of both Arya and Bran.

Having been turned away from the Night’s Watch, Catelyn would take the pair beyond The Wall where they’d find themselves in big trouble.

George wrote: “Abandoned by the Night's Watch, Catelyn and her children will find their only hope of safety lies even further north, beyond the Wall, where they fall into the hands of Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall, and get a dreadful glimpse of the inhuman others as they attack the wildling encampment.

“Bran's magic, Arya's sword Needle, and the savagery of their direwolves will help them survive, but their mother Catelyn will die at the hands of the others.”

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While this storyline was changed, it will no doubt leave fans with many questions - what would have happened if Arya and Bran watched the Night King kill their mother?

Furthermore, it would have meant Arya may not have gone to Braavos to train with the Faceless Men.

Without that training, she would not have ever learned the skills she needed to kill the villain in season eight at the Battle of Winterfell.

However, it may have led to fans seeing more of Catelyn if she had been reanimated as a wight.

Fans of the HBO series were disappointed not to see her make a return after the Red Wedding as Lady Stoneheart who terrorises the Riverlands in the books.

It comes after one fan has theorised why Bran Stark allowed Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to survive at Winterfell.

The fan suggests Bran knew Jaime would be no real help against the army of the dead, just an extra soldier on the ground.

But, being the Three-Eyed Raven, he knew the role Jaime would play in his sister Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) death.

As a result, he insisted Jaime be kept alive so he could ensure the Queen of Westeros was killed and he could take her place as King of the Six Kingdoms.

They wrote: “You could argue that Jaime did nothing for the war against the AotD and thus his goal for saving Jaime (knowing Jaime would betray them), was that Jaime ultimately guaranteed Cersei’s death where it otherwise may not have been.”


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