Lyanna Mormont is a ten year old child who, after about few minutes of screen time on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, established herself as the best ruler on the entire show. It might sound bold to coin her the best television character of 2016 when the year is only half-over and her time was so short, but it’s impossible that another character will eclipse her. In every category, she reigns supreme.
She takes no bullshit
Sure, there are many TV characters that don’t bullshit: look at Jessica Jones or Temperance Brennan or Kevin Garvey or James Flint. But they all pale in comparison to the unimpressed Lyanna Mormont, who shut down both Jon and Sansa for Stark-splaining her.
Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark … As far as I understand you’re a Snow and Lady Sansa is a Bolton … or is she a Lannister? I’ve heard conflicting reports.
Jon, Sansa, and Davos were all left speecheless in the face of such glorious sass.
She’s a good ruler
Let’s be honest: the real world is offering a rather alarming assortment of rulers right now, whether it’s people who want power or people who are already in power. We’re in need of a hero, and Lyanna Mormont is a just ruler who genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her 62 men. She’s what the world needs.
She’s entertaining as hell
Ash on Ash Versus Evil Dead is entertaining too, Archer on Archer is, Ferdinand Lyle on Penny Dreadful is, Floki on Vikings is. But none of them are children. By and large, TV children are not the greatest. They’re either questionable child actors or written in a manner that’s so precocious, it’s impossible to believe they’re real people. Lyanna Mormont is a believable young girl who just happens to kick ass, boss grown men around, and take no prisoners.
We’re calling it now: 2016 is not over yet, but when the inevitable “Best of 2016” pop culture lists come out in December, Lyanna Mormont will reign supreme.