Game of Thrones Star Opens Up About Eventful Battle for Winterfell

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Fans are still reeling from the loss of life on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 aka the battle of Winterfell. 

One of the most surprising deaths was Lyanna Mormont, who was taken out by a giant wight. But she went down in a blaze of glory, killing the giant at the same time it killed her. 

Lyanna's Big Moment - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3

Bella Ramsey, who played Lyanna, opened up about her thoughts on that wild scene to Entertainment Weekly

"My only real bit of fighting is just stabbing," she said.

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"Everything feels real when you're doing it here because of the atmosphere. It was good and intense with wind and fake snow. It definitely made it easy to act.

"There was one thing [director Miguel Sapochnik] said to me that I don't think I'll ever forget. I wasn't sure if she would be really scared or just a slight bit of scared."

Lyanna Mormont Ready for Battle - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

She continued, "We tried it several ways. He said, 'It's like someone removed her fear gene.' And that was just... yeah, that was a really great bit of direction."

Lyanna was a beloved character, and fans naturally flipped out when the harrowing scene aired, but Ramsey feels like it was a good way to go out. 

"Her story maybe had the potential to grow but she was going to go at some point because everyone does and this way she went was the best way she could have."

Lyanna Mormont Does Not Mince Her Words - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

"The Long Night" was a milestone episode for Game of Thrones. It closed the chapter on The Night King, and now it's time to look ahead to the fight at King's Landing. 

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It sucks that not all the characters could survive, but the deaths were way more subdued than they could have been. 

What are your thoughts on Lyanna's last stand? Did you want her to be there at the end, or are you glad she went out a hero?

Hit the comments below. 

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