George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire series of novels that inspired the hit HBO program Game of Thrones, has been a guiding force for the show since its beginning, collaborating with its staff to try and create an exciting world of death, magic, and more death. In a recent interview with TIME, the author, known for taking his sweet time publishing each next installment in the bestselling series, admitted there was one plot change between the books and the television show he really fought against.
Martin tells the tale:
At some points, when David and Dan and I had discussions about what way we should go in, I would always favor sticking with the books, while they would favor making changes. I think one of the biggest ones would probably be when they made the decision not to bring Catelyn Stark back as Lady Stoneheart. That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and David and Dan made that decision.
In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the Riverlands. David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads.
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