Lady Catelyn is just as noble and upstanding as her late husband Ned Stark. And we all know how that ended.
On Sunday’s Game of Thrones, Catelyn continues to be torn between her wartime duties to the King in the North, her son Robb (Richard Madden), and being separated from her four younger children. “Robb is the only one that she has any sort of communication with at this time, and she doesn’t know where the others are,” Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn, tells TVGuide.com. “Her whole drive for the second season is to get her family back together and then protect them as much as she can. And if she can get them into the castle, and board it up, and never let them leave again, I think that’s exactly what she would do. I think she’s selfish in that respect. Sometimes when people are selfish they think that they are doing it for the greater good, they are on a singledminded track.”
Catelyn has good reason to worry though. Last she heard, sons Bran and Rickon (Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Art Parkinson) were held prisoner at Winterfell and daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner) was held hostage as a political-marriage prospect in King’s Landing. Old family friend Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and envoy recently told Catelyn that her youngest daughter Arya (Maisie Williams) was with Sansa, although Game of Thrones viewers know this to be a lie.
“Littlefinger has really deceived her into believing that Arya is also in King’s Landing as well, and this has got her hopes up because she now thinks that they are safe,” Fairley says. “He’s there to hoodwink her. He puts a carrot in front of her and is like, ‘Look, all you have to do is give back Jamie Lannister, and we will give you your daughters back.'”
Check out the rest of the interview in which Fairley explains why Catelyn trusts Littlefinger, her disdain for Jon Snow and her trust in Brienne:
After Littlefinger betrayed Ned, why would Catelyn take his word on anything?
Michelle Fairley: Well, they grew up together. So she’s known him her whole life. So she always thinks of him just as little Petyr, like a brother, not anything else. But he actually has been in love with her his whole life… And when he approaches her with this information, he’s paying her back for all of those years, for rejection. And he suckers her in, but she doesn’t realize it. The depth of that man’s deception will come out eventually.
If you were sitting on the Iron Throne, what would your first edict be?
Fairley: I would just make sure that everybody has a lovely place to live, everybody is happy, serene and everybody lives in peace and harmony. If anybody wants to fight, I’m such a coward I would immediately throw them in the dungeons.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.