Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) is Jorah’s (Iain Glen) cousin, Jeor Mormont’s (James Cosmo) niece and the no-nonsense ruler of Bear Island. Despite her young age, Lyanna is strong-willed, practical and politically savvy. And when Jon, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) come knocking at her door to recruit House Mormont to their war against Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), Lyanna shuts down their coercion attempts at every turn.
On the surface, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) appears to be a legendary hero who was brought back from the dead to save humanity from an undead army. And yet on Sunday’s Game of Thrones, all it took to take him down was one sassy 10-year-old.
They try flattery. It fails.
They try playing up their family ties. It fails.
They try appealing to her Stark loyalty. It fails.
In one short scene, Lyanna puts all of Thrones‘ petty wars and political screw-ups into perspective. Because while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Jon all struggle to command their people, Lyanna effortlessly commands respect (no dragons necessary).
In the end, Lyanna decides to give her 62 fighting men to the Stark’s cause — not because Jon and Sansa demanded it, but because she decided it was the best move for her people.
Lyanna understands what so many people on this show don’t realize: What matters aren’t your personal vendettas or soulless noble ranking, but the ability to put all that aside to focus on saving more than your own skin.
So let’s just give this girl the Iron Throne and call it a day.
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