Game of Thrones it set to kick off its third season this Sunday, March 31, and Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with several of its stars — including Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley, who plays mama bear Catelyn Stark — at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Presents an Evening With Game of Thrones on March 19.
The Season 2 finale left Catelyn at odds with her son Robb, and Michelle revealed that Robb won’t be quick to make amends with his mother over her decision to send kingslayer Jaime Lannister, Robb’s much-hated prisoner, off with Brienne to trade him for her captive daughters. “She's a very troubled, troubled, troubled woman at this point,” Michelle explained.
Michelle also addressed a looming question related to the much-speculated-about Red Wedding episode: Will Catelyn die? Neither confirming nor denying, she merely teased, “We don’t always follow the books.”
Wetpaint Entertainment: Catelyn obviously made a bad call at the end of Season 2. However, it wasn't coming from a bad place.
Michelle Fairley: No.
Do you think Robb will sympathize at all with why she let Jaime go?
I think she tried to put that point across. But he is king and he has a following. He has a loyal following of men and women — people who fight on his behalf and believe in what he believes in. He was brought up to respect, to honor, and that was the mantra that his father drilled into him. If you're going to have followers, you treat them with respect, and to ignore what his mother has done is impossible.
Where does that leave her?
In a very lonely, dark, reflective place. She realizes that the one family member she has in her life is Robb, physically, but they're estranged, and that is heartbreaking because they’re so close. The other children are dispersed all over the empire, but Robb is there. But actually, their relationship at the moment is in tatters.
I heard it's more of an intimate season where we sort of get into what the characters are thinking? What does that mean for Cat?
Well, I think it's more like she spends a lot of time on her own. And for her, she goes into a very dark place, a very dark place. She starts to reflect on her actions, not just recently, but in the long past as well. Is it her fault that this is happening to her family? They're very introspective questions. They're very deep, but on her own. She's a very troubled, troubled, troubled woman at this point.
Do you get to interact with any characters except for Robb?
Well, she's involved with Robb's — she's on the road. She’s like a roadie. No, she's with Robb’s Talisa as well. You met her last season.
Is she equally on Robb's side?
I wouldn't say it's like Talisa is against Cat. She understands the position that Cat is in, and she's in love with her son as well.
So a bridge maybe between Robb and Cat?
Yeah, and that relationship also starts to warm up as well.
I know we're not talking Red Wedding, but you know her eventual demise is coming. Is that exciting as an actress?
We don't always follow the books. You don't always follow the books. So we don't know. We don't know what way David [Benioff] and Dan [D.B. Weiss] are going to do this. We just have no idea whether or not there will be that episode that everybody thinks is coming up. I'd like to live, you know. Perhaps we’d have snipers up there or something.
Game of Thrones Season 3 airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.