(Warning: The following contains mild potential plot SPOILERS for Game of Thrones Season 7 — albeit ones that are likely to come as a surprise to precisely nobody. All the same, proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood Three-Eyed Raven suggests is wise.)
Now, with #GameOfThrones having routinely turned dastardly villains and unsympathetic heroes into fan favorites, it perhaps shouldn't have been too much of a surprise that the breakout star of the show's sixth season was a 10 year old who only really featured in three scenes — and yet, of course, it was. The arrival of Lady Lyanna Mormont, as played by Bella Ramsey, was met with frenzied enthusiasm by Game of Thrones fans, and quickly led to the internet being flooded with adorable, Mormont-themed memes. Which, with a debut appearance this good...
really shouldn't have been quite as much of a shock as it seemed at the time.
And yet, the Game of Thrones gods are fickle beasts, and Lady Mormont's inherent on-screen awesomeness offered no guarantee of us seeing her once again in 2017's reduced-length Season 7. Which, of course, makes it really rather reassuring that we now know that...
Lyanna Mormont WILL Return In Game Of Thrones Season 7, It Seems
That, at least, is what a recent paparazzi-snatched image from the Game of Thrones set would seem to suggest, revealing as it does a Mormont-garbed Bella Ramsey emerging from the set's hair and makeup trailer.
Which, in the greater scheme of these things, is about as strong a confirmation that Lyanna Mormont will return in #GameOfThronesSeason7 as we're likely to get this side of 2017. It's also, however, pretty darned handy, since...
There's A Pretty Good Chance Jon Snow Is Going To Need Lady Mormont's Help In Season 7
After all, while Bear Island and the Mormont clan have only been able to offer Snow a handful of soldiers, Lyanna has already proven herself to be his most effective backer as King in the North.
Should Snow find himself in need of forging an alliance with, say, Daenerys Targaryen, then, it's difficult to imagine a more effective envoy than Mormont. After all, if the cynical likes of all of us failed to resist her forceful charisma, it's difficult to imagine notorious soft touch Daenerys Targaryen failing to be swayed. Alternatively, of course, there's always the possibility of Mormont switching sides in war-altering fashion — especially if Sansa Stark were to do so too.
In other words? Season 6 may have been Lady Mormont's breakout year, but her watch doesn't look to have ended just yet.
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