She may be small, she may be a girl, but you won't find young Lyanna Mormont knitting by the fire while the men fight the war.
The rising feminist icon played by actress Bella Ramsey in HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones,” is no older than 10 years and commands the small (but mighty) Bear Island.
And last night, during the much-anticipated season seven premiere, Lady Mormont arguably stole the show with her rousing shut-down-the-patriarchy speech, according to viewers.
Just as series protagonist Jon Snow announced to a room of his allies in the North that both boys and girls ages 10-16 would enter combat training in the war to defend the North, Lord Glover stood up and said, “You expect me to put a spear in my granddaughter's hand?”
Enter Mormont, who swiftly responded to Glover’s remarks and said:
“I don't plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover, and I might be a girl, but I am every bit as much a Northerner as you.”
“And,” Mormont added, “I don't need your permission to defend the North. We will begin training every man, woman, boy and girl on Bear Island.”
Naturally, Twitter’s Game of Thrones fans went absolutely wild.
But if there’s anything the “Game of Thrones” fandom should learn about falling in love with any of writer George R.R. Martin’s characters...
Don’t do it, George.
Mormont’s impact as a young woman, along with the triumph of the show’s several other strong female characters (Daenerys Targareyan, Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark ... the list goes on), shows a stark difference from the show’s violent, misogynistic beginnings.
After multiple seasons of anti-women thematics, almost all of the show’s rulers are now women, many of whom became victorious in the face of patriarchy and slavery.