One of the most feverishly debated theories in Game of Thrones lore is Lady Stoneheart. There’s no theory in the books: she’s there, kicking ass, but in the show, she’s nowhere to be seen and fans are growing increasingly anxious over whether she will appear or not. In George RR Martin’s novels, Catelyn Stark returns from the dead as LSH to exact revenge on the traitorous bastards who stabbed her at the Red Wedding.

Now, after the last episode (and the introduction of a rather prominent book character connected to Stoneheart), speculation over her arrival is at an all-time high. You’ll remember Ian McShane’s Brother Ray and his band of peaceful followers were approached – and subsequently brutally murdered – by the Brotherhood Without Banners, a not-so-peaceful group we saw back in seasons two and three. One of the men we saw in the episode has been confirmed to be Lem ‘Lemoncloak,’ confirmed by the Icelandic actor who played him, Johannes Hakur, on Twitter.


In the books, Lem wore a yellow cloak and was one of the men who escorted Arya Stark to Lord Beric Dondarrion. Lem would continue in the Brotherhood for many years, helping hang Petyr and Merrett Frey after the Red Wedding and committing himself to the Brotherhood’s new leader, none other than Lady Stoneheart.

We’re starting to really think Lady Stoneheart will happen but, not for the first time, the show will take some creative liberties in its adaptation from Martin’s source material.

Here’s the theory in a nutshell: Arya Stark will wear Catelyn Stark’s face to become Lady Stoneheart and complete murderous revenge on the Freys.


As crazy as this sounds, it connects to a rather interesting game of “2 Truths and a Lie” played by some of the Thrones cast in the lead-up to season six during an interview with The Huffington Post, with answers from Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) that really bolstered this theory.

Turner’s three statements are as follows:

  • “Ramsay dies.”
  • “Lady Stoneheart returns.”
  • “Arya checks three people off her list.”

Williams’ statements contradicted that of Turner’s:

  • “Arya goes to Westeros, back over the sea.”
  • “Arya is in the trailer more times than people have realized, because they don’t realize it’s her.”
  • “Arya doesn’t cross any more names off her list.”

The HuffPost works on the basis that Ramsay won’t die this season, meaning Turner’s last two statements and Williams’ first two are taken to be true. Therefore, working off this logic, Lady Stoneheart will indeed return and Arya will cross three people off her list.

So, the theory hinges on whether Ramsay will live or die and you may have thought the maniacal current lord of Winterfell wouldn’t make it through this season, especially considering the impending showdown of the Battle of the Bastards, pitting Ramsay against the resurrected Jon Snow. However, as always, the show may have something other than a happy ending in sight regarding that particular storyline, thus opening up the possibility of Stoneheart entering the show. Do you think Arya is Lady Stoneheart and that the show has once again changed the stories from the books?