Spoilers ahead from Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, "The Long Night."
RIP, House Mormont. Lyanna Mormont was one of the many (along with Jorah) who got to die a hero's death in the final season of Game of Thrones. Not only did the young lady of Bear Island fight in the Battle of Winterfell, she slayed a wight giant. Obviously, that's a pretty badass way to go, and Bella Ramsey appreciated being able to complete Lyanna's story in that way:
Lyanna Mormont didn't just come back to fight. Earlier in Game of Thrones Season 8, she called out Jon Snow for giving up his title as King in the North. But even with so many characters in play in "The Long Night," it was so cool to see Lyanna get her own showcase. Bella Ramsey shared her reaction to the entire episode with the New York Times:
Yes, most fans loved "Arya's bit" (except Maisie Williams' boyfriend at the time, it seems). Apparently one thing Bella Ramsey didn't love is wearing the contacts for that scene showing her "wake" after death. Like so much of the extremely long and cold night shoots for the battle, it wasn't that much fun to film:
Before becoming Lyanna Giantslayer, Lyanna also got to connect with her cousin Jorah Mormont, who had been in exile for years, leaving Lyanna in charge of Bear Island. Lyanna isn't exactly a softie, so Bella Ramsey said it was a big deal for Lyanna to make peace with Jorah like that:
Bella Ramsey, now 15, previously said she hadn't seen all of Game of Thrones, since she was considered too young to watch it, but from what she saw, she really liked Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth. She also shared what she'd miss about playing Lyanna, whom she initially thought fans would hate.
Game of Thrones fans can be harsh on characters, and blur the line between the stars and the people they portray, but there has been nothing but respect for Lyanna Mormont, right from her first appearance in Season 6.
Somehow, Game of Thrones Season 8 is soldiering on without Lyanna and the others we lost in the Battle of Winterfell. We could really use their help in the fight against Cersei Lannister. (I'm worried that Dany won't make it out alive.) There are only three episodes left, and they continue Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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