[This article contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones.]
Game of Thrones had a big day at SXSW. The Austin, Texas festival played host to the series’ co-creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. During their time speaking to the audience, they delivered plenty of news, not the least of which was a confirmation on just how many episodes fans can expect when the eighth and final season rolls around. They also mentioned how excited they would be to watch any potential spinoff HBO may or may not have in the works from the comfort of their own homes, suggesting some “new blood” might be the best way to approach a continuation of the acclaimed and highly profitable series.
While both pieces of news will likely be met with mixed responses from fans wanting more episodes from the final two seasons, and hoping for a little creative continuity should the premium channel find the right angle for a spinoff, both Weiss and Benioff made time to answer a few less serious questions – unless you’re the type who reads into such responses as tacit acknowledgement of a character making her way back to the show. That’s right, while up on stage, both men were asked which characters they’d like to bring back if they could (because they totally can thanks to a certain red woman).
According to a report by ComicBook, Benioff and Weiss responded differently, saying the two characters they’d most like to see resurrected are Joffrey Baratheon and Catelyn Stark. They also agreed that when it comes to killing off characters, it was probably hardest to say goodby to Kahl Drogo: “[We] could never get over having to kill off Jason Momoa because he was larger than life.”
Most fans will probably agree that losing Drogo was a tough part of the show’s first season, one that was already filled with plenty of death and helped establish the show’s reputation for subverting expectations of the fantasy genre. But while losing Drogo placed Daenerys on her current path, and therefore could be argued as having more of a positive influence on the series than negative, the other two choices are curious indeed.
The thought of bringing Joffrey back would afford the series a chance to once again have the character audiences love to hate, and a petulant boy king who somehow cheated death would undoubtedly be far more obnoxious than he was during his first stab at life. But it’s the answer of Catelyn that will likely have many fans of George R.R. Martin’s novels readying a few follow-up questions, on account of Catelyn becoming Lady Stoneheart in the books – a resurrected version of the Stark children’s mother who was never adapted for the TV series.
Obviously, if Weiss or Benioff wanted Catelyn to come back, the way to do it was already written out for them. While an answer was given with regard to Lady Stoneheart’s lack of an appearance a few years ago, it would be interesting to know if either showrunner would have wanted another crack at the character or if they’d go in a different direction altogether.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 @9pm on HBO.