Last night (June 6) on Game of Thrones, we found out who should truly win the Iron Throne, and it’s not Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister, or any of the other major characters on the HBO show.
Rather, it’s a 10-year-old girl named Lyanna Mormont, who displayed more toughness and intellect in one short scene than most of the show’s adult characters have shown across six seasons.
In last night’s episode, a recently resurrected Jon Snow travels alongside his half-sister Sansa Stark to ask other northern houses that were once loyal to the Stark banner to join their army for the upcoming war against the Boltons (and, at some point, to present a united front of alive-people against the White Walkers). They visit Bear Island, the home to House Mormont, which is under the leadership of the young Lyanna.
If none of that means anything to you—no matter. What’s important is that Lyanna is a wunderkind and a badass who exudes leadership. She’s the boss we all want to work for.
Lyanna understands and appreciates the history of her house, while also trying to determine what’s best for her kin in the future. She is smart, loyal, measured, considers the counsel of her advisors, and pulls no punches.
When Sansa suggests she might someday become a “great beauty,” her response to the pleasantry is blunt: “I doubt it. My mother wasn’t a great beauty or any other kind of beauty. She was a great warrior though.” Lyanna apparently has no time for chit-chat in times of war. “I think we’ve had enough small talk,” she declares. “Why are you here?” Later on, she’s shown with her men getting ready to lead her troops into battle. Reminder: she’s 10.
Game of Thrones fans immediately responded to Lyanna, perhaps because she so clearly sees the big picture. That’s something that very few modern leaders and politicians—of any age—are able to do, at least not without letting pride, revenge, or greed get in the way.
Even fan favorite characters such as Daenerys Targaryen suffered in the comparison with the young lady of Bear Island.
Still, Lyanna’s spirit didn’t prevent the internet from making fun of her.
“We are not a large house, we are a proud one,” Lyanna said, after pledging just 62 soldiers to Jon, Sansa, and Ser Davos. “And every man from Bear Island fights with the strength of 10 mainlanders.”
“If they’re half as ferocious as their Lady, the Boltons are doomed,” Davos replied.