HBO: Which character do you admire the most?
Esmé Bianco: It would be easy to say Daenerys, but I’ve got a lot of admiration for Catelyn Stark. I think Catelyn holds to her beliefs, what she believes is the right and proper thing to do—like when she lets the Kingslayer go. She’s been through so much and is still standing proud and supporting her son. I mean no one has had it easy, but I really admire her.
Lord Beric’s lover, according to one tale. Supposedly she was hanged by the Freys, but Dondarrion kissed her and brought her back to life, and now she cannot die, no more than he can.
“It is no disgrace to miss your shot,” her uncle told her quietly. “Edmure should hear that. The day my own lord father went downriver, Hoster missed as well.”
One of the boys came down with the pox. Maestar Luwin said if he made it through the night, he’d live - but it would be a very long night. So I sat with him all through the darkness, listened to his ragged breath, his coughing, his whimpering… and I thought to myself “well shit, if your broke ass bastard self dies it ain’t on me, I’m gonna sleep so well at night knowing no one will ever make your claim to Winterfell legitimate and threaten my children, I HOPE THIS POX STUNTS YOUR GROWTH YOU LITTLE FREAK BITCH
“Does Cersei pray to you too, my lady?” Catelyn asked the Mother. She could see the proud, cold, lovely features of the Lannister queen etched upon the wall. The crack was still there; even Cersei could weep for her children.
“I want to weep, she thought. I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once. Just for a small while, that’s all….a day…..an hour.”