The following contains spoilers from both the Game of Thrones television series and George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire book series, along with one for 24: Live Another Day.
Shortly after Michelle Fairley's "24" character was killed off, the actress spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her two latest television characters meeting their demise, the second being that of Catelyn Stark on "Game Of Thrones."
Fairley was also questioned about the possibility of returning to the show, as even though Stark was clearly dead after having her throat slit from ear to ear on HBO's hit series, her character does make a return. Of sorts. As a zombie.
In George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series Stark is resurrected and becomes Lady Stoneheart when the red priest Thoros of Myr brings her back days after her death at the Red Wedding. After Stark's naked body is found floating in a river by the Brotherhood Without Banners, the group's leader, Beric Dondarrion, sacrifices himself (he'd been resurrected numerous times by Thoros already) in order to bring her back so that she could exact revenge on the Freys, who killed her and her son Robb Stark.
Fans of the books and the show were shocked at the season four finale, as they were certain Lady Stoneheart would appear in the final scene -- especially because of a photo uploaded to Instagram by actress Lena Headey, but it wasn't so.
Despite the show even going as far as introducing the Brotherhood, Thoros and Beric in Season three, fans may be heading for a big disappointment.
"Yeah, the character's dead. She's dead," Fairley told Entertainment Weekly. "You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent.
"It's impossible -- they only have 10 hours per season. They have got to keep it dramatic and exciting, and extraneous stuff along the way gets lost in order to maintain the quality of brilliant show."
Alex Graves, who directed the fourth season finale, told Vulture last week that the character was never even written into the fourth season to begin with.
"Well, she was never going to be a part of it. I know it caught on on the Internet, and people really started to believe it. I think the bottom line is that there was so much going on, at least from where I stood, that it wasn't something to get into because, you know, when you get into taking Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, and making her a zombie who doesn't speak and goes around killing people, what's the best way to integrate that into the show?" Graves told Vulture.
"I don't think there was room for it this season. I don't know what [the producers are] going to do about it, because it is certainly something people attached to. I was attached to it because I established Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion last year in the story to rejuvenate her. I have no idea what they plan to do about that because honestly, it just wasn't talked about. It wasn't on the radar."
Graves said that he had asked about it last season, but producers weren't "sure" of what they wanted to do with that storyline.
We're not buying any of it though. How else do you keep the show's biggest secret a secret when those who know the secret are aching to share the secret? Denial, of course. Shut everyone up by saying it won't happen. Everyone will forget about it and in the beginning of season five a Frey soldier will be introduced and set to exchange a bag of gold for one of his kin who was captured by the Brotherhood. Book fans will rejoice, and show fans will get their shocking moment.
We'd even bet that scene has already been filmed in order to keep Fairley from being spotted on set.