Bella Ramsey – GoT’s Lyanna Mormont – will miss shaming grown men most of all

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There are a lot of people saying “If Arya dies, we riot,” because we all feel pretty strongly about Arya Stark and her journey from precocious tomboy to “assassin badass for a death cult.” But because of the death that surrounds her these days, I’ve made my peace with the idea that Arya might not survive. Instead, all of my Arya-related feelings have been transferred onto Lady Lyanna Mormont, the child-warrior-badass in charge of House Mormont. Lyanna Mormont was amazing from her first ever scene on the show, when she authoritatively spoke down to Ser Davos, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark. Lyanna was also the one to nominate Jon Snow as King of the North, and she was the one who basically called him a foolish bitch for taking the knee to Daenerys. But I didn’t know much about the young woman, Bella Ramsey, who plays Lyanna. Turns out, she’s only 15 years old and she f–king loves her job. Some highlights from Bella’s interview with The Cut:

Whether she was surprised by Lyanna’s popularity: “I was. Yeah, I didn’t expect it at all. I just turned up, did my filming, and would see what happens. I wasn’t sure whether people would like her or not, because she’s quite a unique character. But I’m very glad and very grateful that people do like her.

What appealed to her about the character: “I respected her. She was just words on the page, but I really felt a sense of her. I was already rooting for her. She’s a badass…I like how strong she is — mentally, physically, personality-wise. I like how she sticks up for what she believes in, no matter the cost or the consequences. I really admire her confidence, how she can just stand up without flinching in front of all those people.

She hadn’t even seen GoT when she was hired: “I actually hadn’t seen Game of Thrones. Watching it now — I’ve still not watched it all, but the bits that I’ve watched — I feel like Brienne of Tarth [is my favorite]. They’re kind of kindred spirits. They’re both these females who are sticking up for what they believe in and proving that girls can be just as strong as boys, women can be just as strong as men.

Who she wants to come out alive: “I still haven’t watched it all because I’m only 15. So I didn’t really have a clue what was going on, but I really like Arya. She’s little and powerful. There’s this great line from the show Matilda: “Even if you’re little, you can do a lot. You musn’t let a little thing like this stop you.”

What lies in store for Lyanna: “I can’t really say anything. You’ll have to just wait and see.

What she’ll miss about playing Lyanna: “I think the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them. I think playing confident characters also helps with your own confidence. Say you’re in a situation where you’re feeling anxious or nervous — you can become a character and work through it that way. I’ll miss that about her.

[From The Cut]

When Bella grows up, I hope she eventually sits down and watches the show from start to finish so she can understand just how amazing her character was in this GoT world, and how proud she should be for stealing every scene she’s in. Seriously, and now she’s in armor too for the final season. Lady Lyanna is going to kill some White Walkers, peeps. Lyanna and Ghost and Hot Pie are going to be on the Iron Throne and they will usher in a new era, a Mormont-Pie Renaissance.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Lyanna and Hot Pie! Long may they reign!

  2. babsjohnson says:

    I’m rooting for them!
    What is Lyanna’s link with Jorah?

    • Joob says:

      She’s his cousin. Her mother Maege (Jeor’s sister) took over Bear Island as Jeor was at castle Black and Jorah was a dick. Maege died fighting for Robb.

      • babsjohnson says:

        Thank you!

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        Her mom was a badass warrior, and I think that’s where she gets it. When Sansa is trying to soften her up with empty platitudes about her beauty, she tells Sansa her mother wasn’t a great beauty. But she was a great warrior. I love that girl.

        I can’t believe she’s 15! She looks so young on the show!

    • Dee Kay says:

      Jorah is her uncle. Jorah was Jeor Mormont’s heir, and when Jeor Mormont got to a certain age, he decided he would go to the Night’s Watch and take the black, so that his son Jorah could enjoy being Lord of Bear of Island while he was still relatively young. Jeor gave Jorah the family Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw, and went happily and nobly off to a “retirement” of service at the Wall.
      BUT, Jorah was married to some Hightower lady who had been raised with a lot of wealth and luxury and still wanted all the wealth and luxury even though Bear Island is waaay not like that (you can get everything you need there, but there’s no jewels or silk dresses or anything). So Jorah went into debt or something to get his wife everything she wanted, and then to pay off his debt (I think?), he illegally dealt in slaves for a bit.
      When Jorah was found out to be slavetrading, Ned Stark, Warden of the North, could have executed him, but I think Ned banished Jorah forever from Westeros instead (or did Jorah just escape?).
      Jorah was deeply ashamed of what he had done, and he left Longclaw behind him when he left Westeros, b/c he knew he didn’t deserve it. The sword was sent to Jeor Mormont at the Wall, and that’s why Jeor has Longclaw when we first meet him, when he is Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch as Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly join. Jeor gives Jon the sword after Jon saves Jeor’s life b/c Jeor feels he must give it to some new heir, his own heir left it behind.
      Jorah’s sister became Lady of Bear Island and I think she died fighting Robb’s war. When she died, her daughter, Lyanna, became Lady of Bear Island.
      So Lyanna is Jorah’s niece. I hope they meet soon!!!

    • koko says:

      Jorah and Lyanna are first cousins.

    • murderlica says:

      They are supposed to be first cousins in the books. Her mother and Jitah’s father are sister and brother.

    • Toot says:

      He’s her cousin. Her mother was his father’s sister.

    • Arpeggi says:

      They’re cousins I think. Lord Mormont joined the Nightwatch when Jorah brought shame to his house (I think?) and since he left Westeros without an heir, the Lordship would have gone to one of Lord Mormont’s sibling or cousin. But then, so many of these lords died in battle (against the Targ, or with the Robb) that within a few years, you’d end up with Lord Mormont’s 8yo 3rd cousin being the head of the House

    • Lightpurple says:

      Niece and uncle.

  3. Megan says:

    She is one of my favorite GoT characters. I hope the show launches a big career for her.

  4. Dee Kay says:

    I love that Brienne of Tarth is Lady Lyanna Mormont’s fave. Of course. It’s perfect.

    • Char says:

      They’ll be fighting side to side!

    • sa says:

      Why is Brienne of Tarth called that? Nobody else is referred to that way. It’s not Lyanna of Mormont, Sansa of Stark, or Jaime of Lannister.

      I’m sure there is a reason, but I don’t know what it is.

      • Xi Tang says:

        Tarth is name of the island she’s from.

      • sa says:

        But it’s also her family name. They’ve mentioned her father, and he’s (something) Tarth, not (something) of Tarth. So it seems to be unique to her.

  5. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    GOT should end like this:
    Sansa: alive and ruling
    Lady Mormont: alive and still sassy
    Arya: Alive and still kickass
    Jon: Alive and still brooding
    Bran: Alive and still super spooky
    Jaime: Dead (knifed)
    Cersei: So so dead ( killed by Arya with Jaime’s face)
    So on… I can hope

  6. Lisa says:

    She should be KING. That is not a typo.

    Her character is Amazing. I would love a series about her.
    when I first saw her I thought she looked a lot like Millie Bobby Brown

  7. Elizabeth Suzanne Phillips says:

    Maybe Jon will give her Longclaw at the end of the show.

    • sa says:

      It bugged me so much when Jon offered Longclaw to Jorah. Not because offering it back to the Mormonts bothered me, but Lyanna is the head of their house, if it should be offered to anyone, it’s her!

  8. Lady Luna says:

    Bella is also in a show called The Worst Witch on Netflix, and she is so adorable! Even though its a low budget show its very cute! Ever since I watched it, I really do think that JK Rowling borrowed a lot from the Worst Witch book series.

  9. Arpeggi says:

    I love Lady Mormont… But I’m also pretty sure that she’ll die in battle. She’s awesome and badass and loved so her death will be heartbreaking, but she’s also a bit of a disposable character and the writers will want to hit us where it hurts.

  10. Texas says:

    I’m still not ok with losing Arya. I will be gutted.

  11. Nikki says:

    I always enjoy seeing Lady Mormont in a scene; I’ll be devastated if she’s killed!!!!

  12. Susannah says:

    What she’ll miss about playing Lyanna: “I think the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them.” Do it for all of us Bella! ;)

  13. Original Jens says:

    I would be completely satisfied with that ending.

  14. Ladykarinsky says:

    I need a recipe for Mormont Pie.

  15. KC says:

    I haven’t watched the whole thing. At this point half of what I know is what I’ve watched and the other half I’ve read. I was caught up to where a dragon died. Anyway, I get the gist of the Jon’s paternity from online blogs and comments. I don’t get why it has to be a divide. Why can’t he be the unifying point in both sides of his family?🤔

  16. starryfish29 says:

    She is genuinely my favorite character on the show at this point. She is the person I’m most invested in seeing survive, however unlikely it is. It’s nice to know that the young woman who plays her is also a bamf.