Taylor Swift Wore the Perfect Spring Dress, and It’s Available at Nordstrom

Taylor Swift has given fans a lot to think about as of late. Over the last several weeks, she’s dropped a series of color-coordinated pictures—including rhinestone hearts, pink tulle, and even paintings of chickens wearing sunglasses—on social media, all in sugary pink and blue hues. It’s all leading up to some sort of reveal on April 26. And, in true Swiftian fashion, this new aesthetic isn’t limited to Instagram: It’s permeating into her wardrobe, too.

On Sunday, Swift posted a video to her Instagram Story in which she’s playing a “Pre Game of Thrones Easter egg battle” with her family. In the short clip, she’s wearing a blush pink, floral-print midi dress with sandals. Her hair appears to be dip-dyed pink, too.

The dress style lines up perfectly with the colorful, upbeat look she’s unveiled online recently (quite a departure from her Reputation era). Oh, and it’s actually shoppable: Swift was wearing Tanya Taylor’s “New Blaire” style, which is available for purchase at Nordstrom.

The $545 floral dress features a wrap belt that can be tied to the front or back (Swift wore hers to the front). It’s available in sizes 0 to 18W at Nordstrom. (If your size is sold out, you can try looking for it on the designer’s website, where you can find it in up to a 22.)


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Swift wasn’t the only celebrity who picked out Tanya Taylor’s New Blaire dress for Easter Sunday festivities: Jennifer Garner was photographed wearing the same style, but in the guava colorway.

Back to Taylor: A blush pink wrap dress isn’t just another sign that Swift is embracing a new look—it’s also a classic choice for a springtime event that anyone can wear. (Toile prints might be coming up, but there’s always room for more florals in your closet.) Shop our look-alike picks, below.


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Why Isn’t Male Fertility Testing Talked About More?

The fertility conversation feels distinctly female. Case in point: women are now being invited to egg freezing parties—social events built entirely around talking about female fertility—to learn how to preserve, and pay for, their fertility future. Try to picture that same scene among men: A group of dudes gathered together over beers in earnest conversation asking, Have you thought about freezing your sperm, bro?

Men are quite literally half of what it takes to have a baby. A third of all cases of infertility in hetero couples is attributed to male issues, the exact same number of cases attributed to female factor causes (the rest are either a combination of male and female factors or considered indeterminable). Fertility is a team sport, in other words, but the burden of learning about fertility, planning to have a baby (or not have a baby), and dealing with the emotional challenges of infertility often falls disproportionately on women. “One in 10 men in America are infertile,” says Tom Smith, CEO and founder of Dadi, a male fertility startup that analyzes and freezes sperm. “Yet all the onus and pressure is placed on the woman.”

It’s the kind of BS double standard that reeks of the same sexism behind the lack of male birth control—it also doesn’t jive with medical standards. “Any time you evaluate only one member of a couple, you only get half the story,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., associate professor of urology at the Stanford University Medical Center and medical director at Dadi. It’s becoming increasingly critical that we don’t overlook men: A 2017 study found that sperm concentration in men in Europe, North America and Australia has dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years—a decline that shows no signs of leveling off—sparking headlines questioning a “reproductive apocalypse” for men.

So, why aren’t more men talking about fertility?

“Men don’t think about it, because our entire lives we’ve been told that men can fertilize an egg well into their 90s,” says Smith. Technically, this is true—the oldest man believed to have fathered a child was 96—but it’s the exception, not the rule.

“I think it’s easy to see how the conversation and the ‘blame,’ should we say, has been placed on women: We do have a finite number of eggs. We lose them as we age and we don’t make new ones,” says Nataki Douglas, M.D., director of translational research for the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health at Rutgers University and chair of the medical advisory board at women’s fertility startup Modern Fertility (Glamour’s partner in a survey of just how much women know about their fertility). Men, however, don’t deal with the same biological clock; they continue to make new sperm well into adulthood, though the quality steadily declines, upping the risk for genetic mutations, pre-term births, and more complicated pregnancies. In other words, “the sperm of a 90-year old is going to be different than the sperm of a 30-year old,” says Dr. Eisenberg.

When Smith turned 30, he went to the doctor to see what he could be doing proactively to preserve his health. “I asked for every single test under the sun to be done but the thing that was never broached at all was the topic of fertility,” he says. Given his interest in the topic, he brought it up. “The reaction was that it’s not something that’s typically done,” he says. “It’s not that there isn’t a need—it’s just not typically done.”

Freezing Eggs Wasn’t Cheap—I Regret Every Penny

I did not wake up one morning and decide to freeze my eggs. The process was more of a slow burn. Each year, I read yet another haunting article about a woman who had waited too long to have a baby, her childlessness the punishment for hitting the reproductive pause button. Each year, that spectral warning became more vivid, freezing eggs more enticing—I figured eventually my luck would run out, but I wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger.

And then, I woke up one morning and I was 34. Ask a doctor what he thinks about children after 35 and he’ll give you a look that says: Better get to it. Finding myself on the precipice of “advanced maternal age,” and single and with dim romantic prospects, I decided it was time to preserve my fertility.

When you research egg-freezing options in a major metropolitan hub like New York, you encounter a series of numbers—the financial commitment required for a person to “guarantee” her future fertility. The best programs offer egg freezing for $15,000 to $20,000. It is humiliating to concede that you may never meet the right person, that your chance at motherhood has possibly expired. It is doubly humiliating to concede this truth while asking your family for a large sum of money to remedy the problem. If freezing your eggs is an act of female empowerment (and I’m on the fence about that), asking mom and dad for money is decidedly not.

Once you fork over your many thousands—the amount, which my family did eventually agree to reimburse, was so large that my credit card company immediately flagged the charge as fraudulent—you can begin the month-long procedure of grooming your body to produce a fresh crop of eggs. I am not afraid of needles, I told myself twice a day as injected myself—sometimes on my thigh, sometimes in my stomach—with hormones chilled in refrigerated bottles.

Every morning of that icy February, I took the train from Brooklyn to Manhattan just in time for sunrise, where whatever phlebotomist on duty would draw my blood to chart my hormone levels. Every other day for a month, I had a trans-vaginal ultrasound, to monitor my growing egg harvest. I was told to stop exercising while I underwent all of the hormonal treatments, since my ovaries, laden with eggs, were now too heavy for strenuous activity. Imagine a water balloon, filled to capacity, and then twisted until it can no longer hold its own contents. If that happens with your ovaries—and it can, a condition called ovarian torsion—expect a trip to the emergency room, followed by the surgical removal of the offending organ. Oh, the irony: In the quest to preserve fertility, one can lose it forever.

You are told the risks, of course—and you are also told the realities, which is that the success rate for conception with 10 frozen eggs for women under 35 is 60 percent. Climb past that threshold and the odds drop to 30 percent. But then you’re in the clinic, and the nurses remove the shiny needles from their sheaths, and you feel like you have new weapons against the passage of time. You start to believe what all the messaging tells you: that egg freezing is as an easy, obvious choice for women looking to prolong the ticking of their biological clocks.

It isn’t easy. Aside from the financial toll—which even with financing options is still weighty—egg freezing levees a physical tax. Before my retrieval surgery, my stomach became distended. With the pressure of my swollen reproductive organs pressing against the rest of my body, I felt like I had eaten Thanksgiving dinner five nights in a row. In a single week, I gained 13 pounds (the majority of which I still haven’t fully shed).

Fertility Week: Everything Women Need to Know About Their Current and Future Fertility

The major exception to the rule: smoking. A cigarette habit will do a number on just about every major health system—your heart, your lungs, even your skin—including your reproductive system. Smoking kicks egg loss into overdrive—women who smoke enter menopause an average of one to four years earlier than non-smokers. (The verdict on vaping is still out: “The problem with vaping is that everyone thinks it’s not as bad as cigarettes but we don’t really know what it does yet,” says Dr. Knopman.)

Weight can also impact your chances of having a baby (that goes for male partners too). “Obesity in women increases the rate of miscarriage, and is associated with worse outcomes for fertility treatments,” Dr. Brady says.

Success rates with IVF—often hailed as a magic bullet—hover around 5 percent for women in their early 40s. “People are really shocked to hear that,” Dr. Brady says.

Really shocked. Fertility doctors see women every day who’ve been led to believe that egg-freezing and IVF are insurance policies with limited risks and hopeful guarantees.

IVF is revolutionary science that has allowed over 8 million births to women who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get pregnant, since the procedure was first pioneered in the 1980s. But “most of the success of IVF is based on the age of the female,” Dr. Knopman says. “The younger you are when you make the embryos the better chance those embryos are going to be viable and lead to a viable pregnancy.”

It’s far from a fail-safe promise, but the technology (and the ad campaigns surrounding it) has given an inflated sense of confidence about what fertility treatments can and can’t do. “People come in at 40 and say, ‘Oh I’m going to do IVF,’ and I tell them okay but this may take us a lot of rounds and it may not work,” Dr. Knopman says. In other words, you can’t just throw money at the problem: “It’s not always a slam dunk,” she says.

It also matters where you do your IVF. It’s a technically challenging procedure, part art, part science, and not all IVF clinics are up to the challenge. “Not all labs can do egg retrieval and storage the same way,” Dr. Knopman says. “Lab conditions can alter the embryo.” Before handing over your credit card, your body, or your dreams of future pregnancy, ask the clinic the right questions: How many eggs have you frozen? How many eggs have survived the thaw? How many eggs have made embryos?

Look for a clinic associated with the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, which provides oversight and keeps tabs on a clinic’s success rate.

“One of the biggest myths I hear is that the pill hurts your fertility and that long-term pill use is not good,” says Dr. Knopman. That’s not true. Let us repeat: Hormonal birth control—whether you use the pill, the ring, the patch or a hormonal IUD—doesn’t hurt your fertility.

“What birth control won’t protect you from is egg loss,” Dr. Knopman says. “Most of us are born with about one to two million eggs. By the time we get our first period, most of us have about 350,000 eggs—you lose a significant amount before you even menstruate.” Each month, regardless of whether you’re ovulating or not, around a thousand eggs die off, their cells absorbed back into your body. “From the first period to the last period, you’re constantly losing eggs no matter what you do,” says Dr. Knopman.

Maisie Williams Opens Up About That Game of Thrones Sex Scene Between Arya and Gendry

There was a lot going on during last night’s episode of Game of Thrones as everyone at Winterfell was preparing to battle the Night King and his Army of the Dead, but there was one scene in particular that had the Internet talking: that sex scene between Arya Stark and Gendry. The pair took part in some mildly flirtatious banter last week when Arya asked him to create a new weapon for her; this week, they took their relationship to a new level.

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, told Entertainment Weekly that she first thought the show’s writers were joking when she saw the script. “At first, I thought it was a prank,” she said. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f—k!”

It was her best friend and co-star, Sophie Turner who alerted Williams to the scene’s existence. “I called Maisie and was like: ‘Have you read it yet?’” Turner tells EW. “And she’s like, ‘I’m midway through episode one.’ And I’m like: This scene, this page, read it! This is awesome! She was very happy.”

Williams confirmed this, recalling, “Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season … I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things.”

Naturally, people on Twitter had strong—and mixed—reactions to seeing this side of Arya Stark.

Williams, now 22, was just 12 when she started Game of Thrones, so the cast and crew approached the filming of the scene with sensitivity. “David and Dan [the showrunners] were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want,’” Williams said. “So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… In the beginning, everyone was really respectful. No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like—“ [Williams averts her eyes]. “You want people to act more normal.”

“It’s obviously slightly strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old,” Joe Dempsie, the actor who plays Gendry said. “At the same time, I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie…so we just had a lot of fun with it.”

But the scene was more than just sex, as far as Williams is concerned. “It was really interesting because it’s a very human relationship for Arya,” she told EW. “This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with. David and Dan were like, ‘It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?’ This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does — ‘Not Today.’ So it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’ It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”

All of Your Emergency-Contraception Q’s, Answered

“Oops you did it again, got lost in my bag, oh birth control pills.” If you’ve been singing that tune lately—or the condom broke, or your vaginal ring fell out, or you’re on antibiotics that mess with the effectiveness of your pills—you may be considering emergency contraception.

Commonly referred to as the morning-after pill, there are actually two types of emergency-contraception pills that delay or inhibit ovulation: the progestin-only morning-after pill, and ulipristal acetate tablets (a mouthful, we know). Your other option is a copper IUD, which prevents sperm from reaching the egg. If you’re already pregnant, none of these methods will affect the pregnancy or trigger an abortion. (The pills aren’t abortion pills.)

To save you a bunch of panicked Googling, here’s what you need to know about EC and how to get it no matter which state you live in.

What’s my timeline?

The morning-after pill works best when you take it within three days of having unprotected sex. The sooner you take it, the better it works. Ulipristal acetate tablets are effective for up to five days afterward. (Worth noting: There’s evidence that morning-after pills have a higher failure rate in women over 175 pounds. But doctors say there’s not enough to suggest you shouldn’t still take it.) And you can get an IUD no more than five days after you’ve had unprotected sex.

Do I need a prescription?

Regardless of how old you are, you don’t need a prescription for the progestin-only morning-after pill, but you do need one for ulipristal acetate. A doctor or nurse will need to insert the IUD.

Does insurance cover EC?

Under the Affordable Care Act, most private health plans must cover all birth control, including EC, as prescribed. And you shouldn’t have a copay, even if you haven’t met your deductible. If you have Medicaid, most states cover at least one form of EC. If you work for a religious employer, you may have to pay out of pocket.

OK, but what if I buy it over-the-counter?

In most states, if you buy the morning-after pill over the counter, you’ll have to pay the retail price, which is between $35 and $60. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go to the doctor for free EC, though: In 10 states (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington State), pharmacists can prescribe progestin-based pills.

Can the pharmacist refuse to give it to me?

Yes, in a few states (Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota). In some of those states, the pharmacist must refer you to another staff member who can help you, or tell you where else you can purchase EC. If he or she refuses to cooperate, ask to speak to someone else. You may need to find another pharmacy or try calling your doctor.

Where exactly can I find it?

You’ll need a doctor or nurse to insert the IUD. You can buy the morning-after pill at pharmacies, in the family-planning aisle of major retailers (think Target and Walmart), online, and at Planned Parenthood. The same goes for ulipristal acetate, but before you can buy it online, you’ll need to go through a free online medical consultation in order to get a prescription.

Can I stock up in advance?

Yes. Though EC pills do have a shelf life, it’s usually years long. If you’re buying them for future use, check the expiration date, and make a note of it on your calendar so you can restock before then if necessary.

Can someone else buy it for me?

There’s no law that says the person purchasing EC over the counter has to be the person who plans on taking it. Anyone can buy it, regardless of their gender or age. Though prescriptions for EC can be issued only to the patient, someone else should be able to pick up the prescription for you.

Stop Telling Kim Kardashian, Possible Future Lawyer, to ‘Stay In Her Lane’

The second I heard Kim Kardashian West is training to be a lawyer, I was here for it. I’m for all women—yes, even a mega-rich celebrity like KKW—doing whatever the hell they want with their profession. But as a woman of color who has fought hard to become (and then stay) a lawyer herself, I’m especially impressed that someone with an already wildly successful career and a fourth child on the way has decided to pursue the law. Because trust me when I say this: No matter how wealthy and famous someone is, no matter how many employees or other helpers they have on speed dial…no one signs up for a four-year law apprenticeship at a firm, multiple tests, and the California bar just for kicks. No one.

So when Kardashian West says she’s put a lot of thought into her decision, I believe her. I know firsthand just how difficult it can be for women to tough it out in this field, and I salute her for taking it on—as I would for any woman. Not everyone’s on board, though:

I first set out to become a lawyer in my early twenties. I lived in Canada, where I went to law school for three years. Then I did a brief stint in BigLaw (a nickname for the largest, most prominent law firms) but quickly burned out and took a massive paycheck hit to transition to my true calling: immigration and refugee law. Soon after settling into my career, though, I got married and moved to America. There, my Canadian law degree was about as useful to me as this goldfish walker. I had no choice but to go back to law school for a L.L.M. (basically a year-long crash course in American law). That meant incurring even more student debt and losing more of my sanity (and hair) to graduate and take the bar…again.

Now I’m 30 and my legal career is starting to feel incompatible with the rest of my life. I’ve been delaying the decision to have kids because I’ve seen how maternity leave or leaving the office early too often to be with your family can make a difference when it comes to climbing the ranks at a firm. I know I’m not alone in this feeling: According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, law is one of the least inclusive professions in the U.S., and minority and female attrition is high.

That is why I’m excited by the prospect of Kardashian West putting a spotlight on the profession. Law is in need of a rebranding, in my opinion—so who better to make that happen than a hard-working, high-profile reality star? Of course Kardashian West doesn’t need me—or anyone else, for that matter—legitimizing her decision to become a lawyer, but I’m tired of seeing people act like her career swerve is just the latest musings of a bored, vapid celebrity. To me, she seems to clearly be cognizant of our country’s serious social inequities and actually wants to do something about it.

“Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law,” Kardashian West wrote on Instagram recently alongside a photo of herself studying. “For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane.’ I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am.”

Kardashian West comes from a place of extreme privilege, but she can still use her platform for good. Look at Amal Clooney’s current caseload, for example. She’s married to George Clooney and rocks $2,000 coats, sure, but she continues to represent the world’s most vulnerable while also teaching the next crop of lawyers.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Might Be Moving to Africa

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a lot going on. Not only are they preparing for the birth of their first child, but it appears the duo may also be contemplating a major move.

According to Tim Shipman and Roya Nikkhah, two reporters with The Sunday Times, “Courtiers have drawn up plans to hand the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a major international job that could see them moving abroad after the birth of their child.”

The destination, The Sunday Times reports, would likely be Africa.

“Discussions are at an early stage, but the plan is to find a new way of using their soft power abilities, most likely in Africa,” a source shared with the paper. As the paper further explained, Sir David Manning, who is the former British ambassador to the U.S., as well as a special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Prince Harry and Prince William, is spearheading the plan. The move, insiders explained, would take place sometime in 2020.

However, the move wouldn’t take them away from the kingdom forever. Instead, The Sunday Times explained, the pair and Baby Sussex would live in the new destination for a two- or three-year term. While there, the couple would work on their charitable missions and promote the United Kingdom.

“There have been various ideas floated for them to take on a job abroad, such as governor-general of Australia or Canada, wherever,” a source close to the royals additionally told The Sunday Times.

A move to Africa wouldn’t be out of the blue for Meghan and Harry. After all, the pair did fall in love during a trip to Botswana in 2016 and spent their honeymoon in East Africa. However, the palace is denying any plans have been set in stone. Officials from Kensington Palace shared in a statement, “Any future plans for the Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”

But you know what that statement is missing? A full denial to the claim that the pair are moving somewhere. Who knows, they could move anywhere. Ambassadors to the United States does have a pretty nice ring to it.

How to Get Glowing Skin: 19 Genius Tips You Haven’t Tried Yet

Ask any beauty pro and they’ll tell you: You won’t find the secret to glowy skin in the pan of a highlighter palette. That’s not to say there aren’t products that melt into your skin to fake that dewy, lit-from-within look. (If you’ve ever tried Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish line, you know her highlighter duo is the next best thing to being born a Hadid.) Rather, getting skin that permanently looks like you’re fresh off vacation—which is to say, healthy, radiant, and clear—is a combination of product, practice, and patience. The good news is that if you’re short on the latter, there are still plenty of quick-fix solutions.

Ahead, we asked a mix of makeup artists, aestheticians, dermatologists, and our team of beauty editors for their all-time best glowy skin tips that actually give results—both long-term and short; for your face and your body—no matter your level of dedication or skill.

1. A quick face massage goes a long way.
“Using your fingertips, massage a serum [try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum] or oil into your face before applying makeup. The stimulation can help get the blood moving to wake up your whole complexion.” —Molly R. Stern, makeup artist to Cara Delevingne

2. Try a microcurrent treatment.
“When my complexion looks dull ­after a long flight or late night, I use the ZIIP ­device, which delivers electric currents into your skin. Twelve minutes leaves my face luminous and much firmer.” —April Long, beauty editor

3. Bend over.
“Hanging my head upside down for three minutes a day is my long-term strategy for getting that lit-from-within glow.” —Renee Rouleau, Austin-based aesthetician

4. Upgrade your usual face mask.
The Själ Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask [$150, sjalskincare.com] is unreal! It’s my jet lag antidote, or for when I want my skin to look as if I’ve had a facial when I haven’t.” —Rachel Goodwin, makeup artist to Emma Stone

5. Give your foundation a boost.
Mix a few drops of luminizer [try L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops] with your moisturizer or foundation, then apply the mixture with a damp sponge. It will create an even, sheer layer of sheen that looks more natural than a highlighter.” —Gita Bass, makeup artist to Elizabeth Olsen

6. Master this backstage technique.
“My Skin Fetish highlighter stick works amazingly as a body shimmer. The trick is to hunch your shoulders forward so your collarbones pop out; that’s where you want it. Add powder on top for even more glow. It photographs beautifully!” —Pat McGrath, makeup artist

7. Use toner before serum or moisturizer.
“Think of it as a glass of water for your skin. Serums and creams can penetrate deeper if your skin is hydrated.” —Nachi Click, owner of Mist Beauty

8. Strengthen your skin barrier.
“Protecting the outermost layer of your skin is key. To do that, use an overnight multitasking treatment like Thank You Farmer Back to Relax Soothing Gel Mask.” —Charlotte Cho, cofounder of Soko Glam

9. Add vitamin C to your routine.
“Apply five drops of vitamin C serum [like Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum] underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone.” —Natalie Smyth, blogger at Road to Glow

10. Switch to a chemical exfoliator.
“Exfoliate at night with a glycolic acid peel like Cane + Austin Retexture Pad 10% Glycolic Facial Treatment. It leaves your skin instantly smoother and brighter!” —Shereene Idriss, M.D., dermatologist in NYC

11. Binge-mask.
“When my face looks blah, I’ll do sheet masks like St. Ives Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask for seven days straight. It has a compounding effect of hydrating and smoothing that delivers crazy glow by week’s end.” —Maureen Choi, beauty editor

‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Think Catelyn Stark Could Return as Lady Stoneheart Still

Note: This post is dark and full of terrors. And also spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Game of Thrones has a mere five episodes remaining before we find out who takes the iron throne. But, before fans find out who will rule the seven kingdoms they are hoping one more character will return from the dead: Lady Stoneheart.

As far as fan theories go, the return of Lady Stoneheart does have legs. But, before we get into all that, and in case you never read the books, let us fill you in on who Lady Stoneheart is and why she was once such a pivotal character.

In the novels and in the HBO television show, Catelyn Stark dies at the tragic Red Wedding along with her son, Robb Stark. However, this is where the two mediums diverge. You see, in the books, Catelyn is resurrected from the dead after her body is found by Brotherhood Without Banners. The brotherhood brings Catelyn back with a magical kiss from Beric Dondarrion. Dondarrion dies as a result of the kiss, but Catelyn, now known as Lady Stoneheart, takes his place.

However, she’s not the loving mother we once knew anymore. Instead, she is a mere shell of a human.

“Death has changed Catelyn,” the Game of Thrones fan Wiki explains. “Stoneheart is less gracious and forgiving than in life and is consumed with a desire for vengeance on anyone she thinks betrayed her and her son, Robb. She hangs any men associated with the Freys, Boltons, or Lannisters, even if they had nothing to do with the ‘Red Wedding’ or if they are boys.”

In fact, in the books, Lady Stoneheart goes on to kill several characters including Podrick Payne and Brienne of Tarth, who are both still very much alive in the show. However, their lives could soon be in danger if fans of the series get their way.

Here’s where the theory of her return began: During a Q&A at Radio Times and BFI Festival, Joe Dempsie, the actor who plays Gendry, discussed his own character’s long absence from the show.

“They were kind of saying they wanted people to forget about him. And, I think what they underestimated and I think what everyone underestimated, because of the rich mythology that George R.R. Martin has created, this world in which there are family trees which go back thousands of years and political implications of certain relations are so crucial and it leads to endless theorizing,” he shared. “The longer a loose end is left untied, the more conspicuous it gets in Game of Thrones, rather than it just being something that fades from the memory.”

This answer prompted the interviewer to ask about Lady Stoneheart and her potential return. While Dempsie didn’t reply, Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, interjected by saying, “Give it up!”

However, both actors and the people working behind the scenes of Game of Thrones are well-known for attempting to throw fans off the scent of what’s going to happen next, so they could merely be lying.

To make the return of Lady Stoneheart even more convincing, just look back to this quote from show’s creator, George R.R. Martin:

“That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and [creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] made that decision,” Martin told Time. “In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands. David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads. But both of them are equally valid, I think, because Catelyn Stark is a fictional character and she doesn’t exist. You can tell either story about her.”