17. INTRODUCING LYANNA MORMONT


It took just five minutes of screen time on Game of Thrones for 10-year-old Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island to become a fan favorite and put Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in their places. It’s been said that when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die —e and Lyanna Mormont is most definitely a winner.

16. ELLARIA SAND AND THE SAND SNAKES TAKE BACK DORNE


Although Dorne has never been a favorite subplot on Game of Thrones, watching Ellaria and her daughters lay waste to Prince Doran, his guards, and his son Prince Trystane was undoubtedly thrilling -- if only for the way she told him, as he lay dying, "Weak men will never rule Dorne again."

15. MELISANDRE RESURRECTS JON SNOW


At the start of Season 6, Melisandre was a goddamned mess. Not only had she lost her faith in the Lord of Light after he led her astray with Stannis Baratheon, but she was beginning to lose faith in herself and her abilities as a red priestess. In fact, one of the more shocking scenes from the season found Melisandre revealing her true self: a 300-year-old crone. That being said, Meli was Davos's only hope in resurrecting Jon Snow, so she gave it a try — and the Lord of Light answered her call, renewing her purpose and solidifying Melisandre's role as one of the most powerful players in the game.

14. MEERA REED SAVES BRAN STARK


No one works harder in Westeros than Meera Reed. Not only is she personally responsible for dragging Bran Stark's lanky ass everywhere, but she's also his only line of defense. After losing both Summer and Hodor to the White Walkers in "The Door" — although, not before Meera killed one herself with her dragonglass spear — she's now Bran's only hope. She's also his only friend, which honestly sounds like a tough gig. The entirety of Westeros owes you one, Meera.

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