It’s not Game of Thrones unless there are some outrageous theories to go along with the already outlandish storylines. So, considering how much of a new favorite Lyanna Mormont is, let’s have a look at some potential theories for her character moving forward into Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
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Lyanna Mormont (played by Bella Ramsey) burst onto Game of Thrones in Episode 7 (entitled “The Broken Man”) of Season 6. To say she was feisty is an understatement. Fans of the TV series instantly fell in love with the 10-year-old who was Bear Island’s faithful leader and the Starks’ most loyal house. Lyanna was actually named after a Stark, as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) points out in Episode 7.
“I remember when you were born, my lady. You were named for my aunt Lyanna. It’s said she was a great beauty. I’m sure you will be too.”
Lyanna Mormont is not a fan of flattery though, “My mother wasn’t a great beauty, or any other kind of beauty. She was a great warrior, though. She died fighting for your brother Robb,” she fires back at Sansa.
So could Lyanna Mormont actually be playing the game of thrones more than anyone else realizes? Considering she lets Sansa know that her mother, Maege (Elizabeth Barrett), died defending the Starks, could Lyanna actually have revenge in mind? Zap2It is already predicting Lyanna Mormont might not be the fiercely loyal character fans have fallen in love with. As they point out, Lyanna Mormont pledged her allegiance to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as king in the North “from this day until his last day,” not “from this day until MY last day.”
What does it mean when there are two characters with the same name?
Lyanna Stark, it turns out, is a vital character in regard to Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Many TV and book fans had already predicted Jon Snow was actually the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen rather than Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and an unidentified woman. HBO, however, finally confirmed the R+L=J theory in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. This now means Jon Snow is a Targaryen and has just as much right to the Iron Throne as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
So, with Lyanna Stark being such a crucial character, could there be a reason to why Lyanna Mormont was named after the Stark? After all, in both books and TV shows, writers tend to steer clear of having two characters with the same name in an effort to stave off confusion. HBO have changed names in the past to help avoid confusion on a show that already has a substantial character base. For example, HBO changed the name of Theon Greyjoy’s sister from Asha (the book version) to Yara (the TV version) because they thought it sounded too similar to the character already in the TV series, Osha (played by Natalia Tena).
So, is there a reason why there are two Lyannas in Game of Thrones? Essentially, Lyanna Mormont being named after a Stark could be a way of showing just how devoutly the Mormonts align themselves with the Starks. However, there could be another reason.
Is there ever a coincidence in Game of Thrones?
Lyanna Mormont is from Bear Island. If we really want to consider wacky Game of Thrones theories, we can’t go past this one on Reddit. Essentially, the theory is that Lyanna Mormont is the daughter of Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju). But how? In the book version of Game of Thrones, Lyanna’s mother is known as Maege the She-Bear. In the TV series, nothing has been stated in relation to who Lyanna Mormont’s father is. However, the book series suggests the Mormonts’ obsession with bears goes further than living on an island named after them. In the books, Lyanna has several sisters. One of them, Alysane, claims the Mormont children are all sired by bears.
Now, let’s not think too much about the logistics of a union between a woman and a bear (but, this subreddit goes into great detail about how it may be metaphorical rather than literal.) But do you remember that time in Season 4 of Game of Thrones when Tormund boasted of having bedded a she-bear? A she-bear that he named Shella. Suddenly, this theory is seemingly less whackadoodle and slightly more evidence-based. After all, could Tormund be referring to Maege but covering her identity to protect her — and Lyanna — from the prejudice associated with connections to the wildlings? You can check out the scene below in which Tormund talks about Shella. However, please be aware there is a language warning.
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Game of Thrones will return to HBO with a shortened Season 7 in 2017.
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