11 Reasons Why Lord Stoneheart Needs To Happen On 'Game Of Thrones'
Game of Thrones Season 6 will come to a close on Sunday, June 26 and I am not prepared. So much has already happened this season that the thought of waiting almost a whole year to see what happens next is just devastating. Since Game of Thrones has gone beyond George R.R. Martin's book series, all we have now is speculation of what could come next, and there are infinite ways that each of the series' storylines could go. However, there is one character from the books who has not yet been on the TV series that many fans have been itching to see: Catelyn Stark resurrected as Lady Stoneheart. But personally, I would much rather see Lord Stoneheart on Game of Thrones.
That's right, I said Lord. I'm talking about the theory that Robb Stark will come back in place of Lady Stoneheart to get revenge on everyone who wronged him and his family. And I know what you're thinking: Robb died a gruesome death and afterwards, his head was taken off and Grey Wind's head was tacked on in its place. I'll be the first one to admit that it's pretty tough to come back from that. But this is Game of Thrones. There are always ways to come back and here's why I think Robb Stark should.
1. It Mixes The Source Material With A New Story
Season 6 was a mish-mash of original material for the HBO series mixed with random book plots. An example of this is Sansa's storyline being merged with a character from the books named Jeyne Poole. In the books, it was Jeyne who married Ramsay, but Sansa was given this fate on Game of Thrones. So while Lord Stoneheart is obviously not a real character, it isn't completely out of the realm of possibility that the showrunners could make a change to the Lady Stoneheart character and create yet another hybrid plot.
2. Bran's Powers Could Change Robb's Life
We cannot ignore the fact that Bran is able to affect the past, as we saw with the tragic story of Hodor. What if Bran can go back to the Red Wedding to change the outcome? It's not impossible. Bran can warn Robb or cause something to change the sequence of events that leads to Robb being resurrected. We keep seeing Bran having visions of the Red Wedding, maybe that signifies that he's going to change things.
3. Robb Didn't Deserve What He Got
The circumstances of Robb's death are not OK. It's bothered me since it happened. Sure, he made a pretty big mistake by going back on his word to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters, but the Red Wedding was hardly a justified punishment for that. I just can't accept that our last vision of him was his decapitated body being led around on a horse with his Direwolf's head in place of his own. It's very unbecoming of our King in the North.
4. It Would Explain Beric Dondarrion's Return
OK, why has Beric returned suddenly? In the books, Beric is the one who gives his own life to resurrect Catelyn Stark as Lady Stoneheart. Since Beric is still kickin', he obviously hasn't done that. Since Jon Snow has already been resurrected, I'm thinking that Beric is here because he'll be the one responsible for turning Robb into Lord Stoneheart.
5. Sansa Needs Him
After the epic "Battle of the Bastards," the Starks have officially reclaimed Winterfell for their family. Robb needs to be there for this moment. I also think Sansa could use some support from her older brother as she gets used to being in this position of power. Plus, Sansa just needs people in her life that she can trust. She has already proven that Jon isn't her top confidant because she left him out of the major decision she made to contact Littlefinger for his help in battle. But if Robb returned, she would trust him implicitly.
6. Robb Deserves Vengeance
If anyone deserves to seek vengeance now that Sansa got hers on Ramsay, it's Robb. He has a serious score to settle and even though the Boltons are out of the picture now, there are still some beastly people hanging around that could use some swift justice. That brings me to my next point...
7. Walder Frey Is Still Alive
It's not OK that Robb is dead while this guy is still breathing. After letting him float around for a while, Game of Thrones brought Frey back to the forefront, and it might because he'll soon be getting a visit from someone that he betrayed.
8. Richard Madden Has Been Gone For Too Long
Raise your hand if you seriously miss seeing Richard Madden, the actor who played Robb, around Westeros. He gave a great performance as Robb and to get superficial for a moment, I miss getting to look at him on my TV every week.
9. Madden Is Committed To Robb
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Madden said that he actually cried on his way home from filming the Red Wedding. "I cried the whole way, I was the crazy boy on the plane crying at about midnight, landing in London," he said. He then went on to say that while his character was still alive, he would often dream about him or as him. He even said that he would wake up sometimes and think "in Robb Stark’s accent." Clearly, Madden loved Robb, so I don't think it would take much convincing to get him to return as Lord Stoneheart.
10. His Siblings Made Some Enemies
Sure, Jon and Sansa came out on top after their battle for Winterfell but I'm sure there are some Bolton supporters who will be gunning for them now. It's not like everyone is now suddenly eager to go back to the way things were. Robb needs to come back and add some ammo to the Starks' cause. He was the King in the North! He should come back and silence all of the houses that claim he screwed them over.
11. We Just Lost A Stark
Rickon was a sad death. I think most of us probably saw it coming but still, we lost another Stark. I feel like it's only right to bring Robb back now.
That's why while everyone else has their eyes peeled for Catelyn on Sunday night, I'll be on the lookout for another Stark during the Game of Thrones finale.
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