Game Of Thrones Viewers Left Stunned By Lyanna Mormont's Death Scene


(Well, duh...)

That was quite a ride, wasn't it? The Battle of Winterfell didn't disappoint on its promise to be the biggest ruck that telly had ever seen.

The third episode of Game of Thrones' eighth and final season was a feature-length bloodbath that saw the massed forces of the dead, controlled by the evil Night King, taking on the massively unfancied armies of the living.

Of course, we lost a few key figures along the way. Farewell to Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, and Dolorous Edd Tollett.

Oh, and the Night King himself...

However, it was another death that really shook everyone to their core.

Lyanna Mormont in full on beast mode. Credit: HBO
Lyanna Mormont in full on beast mode. Credit: HBO

Of course, over the years we've become attached to many of the characters, but few have had such little screen time to become such a fan favourite as little Lyanna Mormont.

The diminutive Lady of House Mormont took her final bow in this latest episode, but with her final act she cemented her place in folklore and proved once and for all that she's one of the baddest MFs in the whole of Westeros.

Charging straight at a giant that had been turned into a soldier in the Night King's army, she had her bones crushed in one grasp of his mighty paw.

With her last breath she plunged a dragonglass dagger straight into his eye, killing him and saving - presumably - countless others.

This zombie giant doesn't know what's about to hit him. Credit: HBO
This zombie giant doesn't know what's about to hit him. Credit: HBO

What a way to go. A truly heroic death. Thing is, it nearly didn't pan out that way.

In the 'Inside The Episode' video released by HBO after every instalment of Game of Thrones' last hurrah, showrunner D.B. Weiss said: "Lyanna Mormont was supposed to be a one-scene character. Then we met Bella Ramsey and we realised that we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we kept her as a one-scene character.

"We knew that you can't give a big death to everybody who dies in this battle because it would have been too much, but also if she were to die there was no way to not make a moment of it. That's where the zombie giant comes in.

"It just did add a whole level of complexity to that moment, that I'm sure a lot of people would have been OK with not having there if we'd demanded to cut it.

"But I think they also understood why we needed to give one of the strongest smaller people in the show a chance to go out taking down one of the strongest larger things we've ever seen on the show."

Well, they certainly gave her that chance, and Lyanna Mormont took it. In death, she proved herself to be a true warrior and all-around badass to rival the best of them.

However, as a result of Lyanna and Ser Jorah's deaths, House Mormont is now completely finished.

Which death hit you the hardest? How does it all end? Come join us at Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook and let us know your thoughts.

Game of Thrones' final season continues on Monday 6 May at 2am on Sky Atlantic. Viewers in the UK can also watch the show at 9pm that same day.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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