- "I do what I can with what I’m given."
- ―Crane on Izembaro's scripting
Jaqen H'ghar tasks Arya Stark with assassinating Lady Crane for a client. To prepare, Arya watches the play, where Crane is playing Cersei. When she goes backstage, she discovers Crane playfully flirting with Bobono, the dwarf actor portraying Tyrion Lannister. When she overhears that Crane is the only member of the troupe to drink rum, Arya plans on poisoning it. Jaqen refuses to tell Arya who has paid for Crane's death, but she suspects Bianca, a younger and less talented actress portraying Sansa Stark. Despite her misgivings over Crane being a decent person, she promises to go through with the assassination.
After their third performance of the play, Lady Crane runs into Arya backstage. The two converse about the theater life, Crane explaining how she ran away from home to join the theater and escape her poor home life. She asks Arya's opinion of the play and later tries to express her own opinions among the group, but is shot down by her peers. As she goes to drink some of the poisoned rum, Arya rushes in and stops her, telling her to watch out for Bianca.
Later, after taking the advice of Arya on-stage and being angry at "Joffrey's" death instead of just sad, she finds the girl badly injured, having been stabbed by the Waif. She cares for Arya, dressing her wounds, feeding her, and giving her milk of the poppy. However, the Waif finds them both the next morning, kills Lady Crane in a brief tussle resulting in the latter's slit throat, and then proceeds to chase Arya once more. Lady Crane's death is later avenged by Arya, who succeeds killing the Waif in her hideout.
|Season Six appearances|
|The Red Woman||Home||Oathbreaker||Book of the Stranger||The Door|
|Blood of My Blood||The Broken Man||No One||Battle of the Bastards||The Winds of Winter|
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the character is named Lady Stork. Arya has not been assigned to kill her as of the last published material. She is the leading actress in Izembaro's theater troupe in Braavos. Just as in the show, she is a heavy drinker and portrays Cersei in the troupe's current performance.
It is possible that the character's name was changed due to the similarity between "Stork" and "Stark." However, book readers may find the change to "Lady Crane" confusing, as there is a House Crane of Red Lake in the novels, located in the Reach. However, House Crane has not been alluded to on the show, and there is nothing to indicate that she is a noblewoman from Westeros.