Although fans everywhere are excited to figure out what’s going on with their favorite characters on “Game of Thrones” in Season 6, the show is going to mix things up a bit by introducing another new character. Fortunately for scholars of Westeros, this person comes to the show with a name that’s already familiar to most viewers.
Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth on the show, addressed a point from the latest teaser trailer for Season 6 that was the subject of much fan speculation. His character has appeared in the promotional trailers as well as one of the recently-released clips. The moment in question occurred in the latest trailer (below) in which Davos warns someone about the impending white walker threat.
“The real war is between the living and the dead,” he says. “And make no mistake, the dead are coming.”
Speaking to IGN, the 54-year-old actor revealed who he is talking to, sparking a lot of speculation about the future of the show.
“Who I'm saying that to is a fabulous young actress who you haven't met yet, who's about to come in, who's Lyanna Mormont,” Cunningham told the outlet. “He's explaining the situation to her because certain other individuals are making a mess of their parlay. He's very good at lateral thinking and explaining the situation, as we know.”
If the young lady’s last name sounds familiar, it’s because two beloved characters in the show have lived under the Mormont family’s bear sigil. The most obvious is Daenerys Targaren’s (Emilia Clarke) trusty aid Jorah Mormont (Ian Glen), who will return this season to help rescue his queen before his recently-contracted grayscale takes him. The second, and most obvious link to Davos, is Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo), who previously acted as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Jeor was murdered by his own men when things went bad at Craster’s Keep beyond the wall, forcing the men back at Castle Black to elect Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as their new leader.
As The Wrap notes, this isn’t the first time that Lyanna Mormont has been discussed on the show. In Season 5, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) mentioned her and his distaste for the way she responded to his request for the Mormont family to join his war. Despite her young age, 10-years-old in the books, Lyanna is the leader of the family and controls Bear Island. When Stannis asked her for help, she responded negatively saying that her family is only loyal to the Starks, who aren’t really around anymore.
With Stannis and Jeor gone, perhaps it’s finally time that those with remaining interest in the Mormont name make their way to the wall to decide where they should be marching. Luckily, it seems she found her way to Davos, who can usually be trusted to keep a level head and make the right call, with the single exception of following Stannis in the first place.
Sadly, fans will just have to wait until the Season 6 premiere on Sunday to find out what exactly the show has planned for Lyanna Mormont, as well as the white walker threat in general.