What kind of person is Catelyn Stark? [closed]

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I've just watched S02E08. Beforehand I thought Catelyn Stark was a strong and sensible woman in the sense that she should strive together with her son to win this war, just as shown in the previous episodes. But in this episode she released Jamie Lannister in the hope that her daughters would be returned, and she did it in the absence of Robb. I feel this is so reckless and even stupid, not only because of reasons Robb told her but it also put shame on the King-to-be. In the end it seems to me that all she cares about boil down to personal feelings. It dumbfounded me that she possesses such kind of nature because it's never foreshadowed in the former episodes (or did I miss it?). I can't bear this kind of plot for it upsets me quite a bit for I'm not sure if I should blame on the character or the director.

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You're forgetting one important character trait: Catelyn is a mother who would do anything for her children. First example from the show was her fighting the assassin barehanded who tried to murder Bran.

Another example: spoilers if you haven't reached season 3 episode The Rains of Castamere

When the Red Wedding massacre happens, out of desperation, she grabs one of the Frey women (Joyeuse Erenford) and demands to spare Rob's life in exchange of hers (in the books it was one of Frey's sons).

Catelyn grabbed a handful of Jinglebell Frey’s long grey hair and dragged him out of his hiding place. ‘‘Enough, I say. You have repaid betrayal with betrayal, let it end.’’ When she pressed her dagger to Jinglebell’s throat, the memory of Bran’s sickroom came back to her, with the feel of steel at her own throat. The drum went boom doom boom doom boom doom. ‘‘Please,’’ she said. ‘‘He is my son. My first son, and my last. Let him go. Let him go and I swear we will forget this . . . forget all you’ve done here. I swear it by the old gods and new, we . . . we will take no vengeance . . .’’

‘‘I take you for a father. Keep me for a hostage, Edmure as well if you haven’t killed him. But let Robb go.’’

So it isn't out of her character at all. She's thinking about her children's safety even if there's a tiniest chance.

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Who did Catelyn Stark love?

Catelyn instead married Brandon's brother, Eddard. Though they barely knew one another when they wed, they have formed a strong and loving marriage. Catelyn and Eddard have five children together: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon.

Why is Catelyn called Lady Stoneheart?

Catelyn is resurrected by Beric Dondarrion, who gives his life for hers through the last kiss of R'hllor. Thus, Beric's unnatural life finally ends for good. Catelyn's mutilated body emerges as a vengeful undead person. She becomes known as Lady Stoneheart, and assumes leadership of the Brotherhood.

Why is Catelyn mad at Jon Snow?

Catelyn hated Jon Snow because she saw him as his husband treason. She was really cruel against him because she wasn't able to explain her feelings towards Ned. Still in the books her behaviour is a unnaceptable when she says that it should have been Jon to 'fall' from the window.

How old was Catelyn Stark when she died?

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How Catelyn Stark became Lady Stoneheart (Game of Thrones)

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