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Is this beloved Game Of Thrones character coming back from the dead?

12 August 2017

With Arya Stark finally returning home to Winterfell during this week's episode The Spoils of War, and hugging it out with Sansa and Bran, she caught up for a chat with Brienne of Tarth, hoping to show off her newly-acquired sword fighting skills. If not, more awesome.

Now, that scene is drawing attention for other reasons.

"You swore to serve both my mother's daughters."

It is at ~exactly~ that moment where Arya brings up her mother that Reddit user GrennsGal pointed out that a ghostly figure strolls casually in the background.

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One fan thinks they may have spotted the actual ghost of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) in the background.

Uh, is winter coming?

Now that the show is in its seventh season, it's increasingly unlikely that we'll actually get to see the character.

Unfortunately, George R.R. Martin has confirmed that Lady Stoneheart - though an important character in the Song of Ice and Fire book series - was axed from Thrones long ago. According to the National Trust, the Northern Ireland conservation society that owns Castle Ward, the day-long celebration will give fans the chance to "discover the setting of the Stark family home, see first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet an actor from the show, watch spectacular games unfold in a mystical landscape and enjoy lively music, local food and much more". After all, in the books, Stoneheart plays a critical role in Brienne and Podrick's story.

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"That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] made that decision", he told Time.

Perhaps it's even a subtle Easter egg for Martin, who has admitted he was disappointed that Stoneheart was excluded from the HBO series. Now, this is likely just a coincidence, something GrennsGal also noted in their post, but the resemblance (the long red hair and dress) is interesting, to say the least. Could that be Catelyn?

It wasn't really the Three-Eyed Raven of "Game of Thrones" fame talking, of course, and, alas, Isaac Hempstead Wright never did say "nevermore".

"If it's unintentional, it's awesome".

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Given that all the living full-blooded Stark children have reunited in the north, coupled with Arya's perfectly timed statement, it seems pretty plausible that Lady Stoneheart would pop up at Winterfell to keep an eye on her kids.

Is this beloved Game Of Thrones character coming back from the dead?