‘Game of Thrones’: How Are Lyanna Mormont and Jorah Mormont Related?

[This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones’ Season 8, episode 3, ‘The Long Night.’]

The Battle of Winterfell is over, and Game of Thrones viewers are still processing everything that happened. The Night King and his army of the dead cut down thousands of Northerners and their allies, a familiar face returned to the show for a final time, and a number of characters didn’t make it through the epic battle (though some who fans thought were definitely goners lived to fight another day).

While plenty of people perished in the brutal fight, the death toll for named characters was relatively small. But there are two fan favorites who are now gone for good: Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey).

What happened to Jorah and Lyanna?

The Long Night was a rough one for Jorah and Lyanna Mormont. The pint-sized fighter Lyanna bravely defended the castle of Winterfell, but when a zombie giant burst through the gates, she was toast. He crushed Lyanna to death, but not before she stabbed him in the eye, taking him down with her.  

As for Jorah, he died (fittingly) defending Daenerys. After Daenerys’s dragon was attacked by wights, she ended up on the ground and in grave danger. The ever-loyal Jorah showed up to help defend her, but he died in the process.

How are Jorah and Lyanna related?

Iain Glen
Iain Glen | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Jorah and Lyanna barely interacted on Game of Thrones, but the two still shared a close connection. They were the last two surviving members of House Mormont, a long-time ally of the Starks.

Jorah’s father was Jeor Mormont, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch during the show’s early seasons. After Jeor went to the wall, his son became lord of the family’s ancestral home of Bear Island. But Jorah eventually had to give up his title and flee Westeros after he was caught selling poachers into slavery. He went to Essos, where he eventually became one of Daenerys Targaryen’s first and most devoted supporters (after deciding not to assassinate her, as he was originally supposed to do).

After Jorah is exiled, Jeor’s sister Maege assumed the rule of Bear Island. When she died fighting with Robb Stark her daughter Lyanna became head of the house. Maege was Jorah’s aunt, which makes Lyanna his first cousin.

The end of House Mormont

As far as we know, the deaths of Jorah and Lyanna mark the end of House Mormont. In a brief scene in the previous episode, we see Jorah trying to convince his young cousin to sit out the battle, telling her: “Please, listen to me. You’re the future of our house.” He wants her to hide in the crypt with the other women and children. But Lyanna isn’t having it, saying to Jorah: ““I will not hide underground. I pledged to fight for the North, and I will fight.”

Now that Jorah and Lyanna are dead, there are no other Mormonts left, at least on the TV show. (In the books, Lyanna is one of several children of Maege.) Their house is now one of a number that have become extinct (or nearly extinct) over the course of the show. All the Tyrells are dead, along with the Boltons. House Baratheon is gone too, with the exception of Robert’s bastard Gendry. But at least the Mormonts had a noble ending and stayed true to their house’s motto: “Here we stand.”

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