A lot happened in last night’s (very good) Game of Thrones, “The Broken Man.” The Blackfish, the Hound, and Bronn appeared for the first time this season, if not seasons. Margery slipped a secret note to the Queen of Thorns. Arya got stabbed repeatedly in the gut, Red Wedding-style, by the Waif. But none of that matters compared to the episode’s most important event: the introduction of Lyanna Mormont, everyone’s new favorite character.
We’ll have more on Lyanna during our recap later today, but here’s what you need to know for now: she’s the 10-year-old leader of House Mormont, and a badass. But we knew that even before she made her on-screen debut. Last season, Stannis Baratheon told Jon Snow that when he reached out to Lyanna to join his cause, she replied, “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark.” Lyanna is also hesitant to team with Jon and Sansa, because he’s a bastard and she’s been married twice — is she Sansa Bolton, or still Sansa Lannister? It’s hard to keep track these days. Lyanna only relents when she hears from Davos, who understands that she’s not interested in shameless flattery, or wars between sparring houses. They need her (62) soldiers because the battle is between the living and the dead.
Lyanna’s smarter than every Lannister, Bolton, and Baratheon, combined. She should also run for president, or at least get a spinoff, according to Twitter.
Cousin Jorah could learn a thing or two from her.