Now that Game of Thrones has finally fulfilled the most anticipated incestuous romance of the century, chances of Ser Jorah Mormont ever getting with his beloved Khaleesi are lookin’ pretty grim. While there was always dim prospects that the Knight of Bear Island could win over the Dragon Queen, all hope is lost now that she’s consummated her love with Jon Snow (a.k.a. her nephew, Aegon Targaryen). I think it’s safe to say poor Jorah will die “Here I Stand”-ing in the friendzone by the series end, but could there be a more significant fate in store for this thrice exiled Westerosi knight?
Over the past seven seasons of #GameOfThrones, we’ve witnessed Jorah Mormont pitifully pine after and lay down his life for Daenerys Stormborn, all the while she pretends not to notice that her trusted adviser is profoundly in love with her and would die for her — a mantra he repeats many times throughout the series.
However, it can no longer go unnoticed that as a secondary character in the series, Jorah has managed to scrape by a number of life-threatening obstacles that would have written off the show in a casket. Valar Morghulis, as they say. For example:
- Jorah defeated and killed a Dothraki Blood Rider (who totally had it coming, he shoved a pregnant Dany!) in single combat.
- He was the last man standing in the gruesome fighting pits of Meereen—and he even saved Dany from the Sons of the Harpy with a nice javelin toss to the heart of her would-be attacker.
- After being ambushed by Stonemen and contracting the deadly greyscale disease, Jorah traveled to the ends of the world and was miraculously cured.
- Most recently, Jorah and a gang of suicidal misfits embarked on a harrowing “Beyond the Wall” mission, where despite fighting off the army of the dead, slaying a zombie snow bear and nearly plummeting to his death from the back of a dragon— Jorah expertly managed to stay alive.
So why would a show infamously known for letting some of its most coveted main characters die (in rather careless ways, even), put a secondary character like Jorah through so much pain and suffering, then rebirth and redemption — just to continue him on the same path, following around Khaleesi like a puppy?
While it’s not looking so likely that the Dragon and the Bear are destined to fall into a great romance, it’s becoming more and more evident that a much bigger fate could be awaiting the character of Ser Jorah Mormont in the final season.
Although honestly, I have no idea why Daenerys hasn’t given him a shot. I mean, look at the man. Age is just a number, honey, and he looks damn good in a suit of armor.
Jorah’s Story Begins And Ends With The Mother Of Dragons
Jorah has stood beside, protected and valiantly served Dany since day one of her journey, and it was her rebirth by fire that stirred Jorah's own spiritual second-life in his earnest "blood of my blood" declaration. She is the center of his universe, but in many ways, Jorah has been the one constant in her own life as well. She refers to him as her “most trusted adviser" and her "dearest friend,” and although Dany’s love for Ser Jorah may be platonic, I believe he is the one person she truly loves and deeply cares for the most.
Sure, she was mad at him for telling King Robert she was pregnant and damn near getting her killed, and rightfully so. But even still, she struggled with her decision to banish Jorah (twice), sparing his life (twice) when she could have easily dracarys-ed him. On the other hand, if you recall, she tossed her old boy toy Daario Naharis away like a ratty dish towel in order to secure a possible political marriage with a Westerosi Lord, even telling Tyrion “she felt nothing” letting Daario go. She was even able to move on fairly quickly after the death of her “Sun and Stars” Dothraki husband, Khal Drogo.
Yet when she first learned Jorah had greyscale, not only was she devastated, but she commanded him to find a cure and return to her, telling him “When I take the Seven Kingdoms, I need you by my side.” It’s clear with whom her heart lies, and it makes sense that after all they’ve been through, she can’t help but love him.
So, what does this profound (yet platonic) love from the Khaleesi mean for Jorah?
It seems that the only satisfying way for Jorah to exit the series, as well as reach a full circle in his character arc, would be to sacrifice himself for Daenerys. In turn, his death must be a galvanizing force for Dany to act upon to secure her place on the Iron Throne.
Is Dany The Prince(ss) That Was Promised?
If you pay even the slightest attention to Game of Thrones fan theories, chances are you've heard discussions about the prophecy of Azor Ahai. To recap, the prophecy says the great warrior Azor Ahai will be rebirthed as “The Prince (or Princess?) That Was Promised” to once again defeat the Long Night brought on by the Night King and his army. The sword that Azor Ahai must forge to defeat the wights is referred to as Lightbringer, and its true powers can only be activated by sacrificing a loved one, as Azor Ahai discovered thousands of years ago by stabbing his wife through the heart.
This, obviously, is a terrible thing to have to do, but it's not surprising considering the many other fucked up things the Lord of Light has inspired his followers to do — for example, burning their own daughter at the stake (yes Stannis, we're looking at you). But as Thoros of Myr said, “Great power requires great sacrifice,” and it seems likely we will see a heart-breaking sacrifice by series end.
“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”
According to this quote from Melisandre in George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords, Daenerys is totes the most obvious candidate for ‘TPTWP,’ as she seems to check every box on the list of requirements: either way you look at it, she was born "amidst smoke and salt,” first as a baby at Dragonstone, and then again during her rebirth in the ash of Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre. In this same incident, she also ticks the box for “wake dragons out of stone,” by hatching her dragons from their fossilized stone eggs, and she performs this mystifying ritual under a red comet — or a “bleeding star,” which ticks the third box.
So, if Daenerys really is Azor Ahai, and we've established that Jorah is the one person she cherishes most, is it possible Dany could sacrifice her great Bear Jorah to the blade of Lightbringer?
Would Dany Sacrifice Jorah?
In order for this theory to work, we would have to assume that yes, Daenerys Stormborn is The Princess That Was Promised, and that she would be advised, most likely by the Red Woman, Melisandre (since she seems to have a knack at persuading people to kill their loved ones), to sacrifice someone she cares for in order to unleash the full powers of Lightbringer, binding the soul of said loved one to the blade.
Even though Dany is clearly very in love with Jon Snow, I don’t believe she would sacrifice the handsome ex-bastard to Lightbringer. The history between these two characters is simply non-existent in comparison to the tragic yet endearing bond that has been nurtured between Dany and Jorah over the last seven seasons. I mean, c’mon, if they aren't going to hook-up, we need some sort of finale to Dany and Jorah’s relationship, right? We just don’t have as much invested in the somewhat icky, somewhat fan-fiction-y Jon/Dany relationship yet.
(Besides, a girl still wants to believe Jon’s One True Love will forever and always be Ygritte The Wildling — may she rest in peace.)
While Dany is a fierce and cunning leader who we’ve seen riding Drogon onto the battlefield, setting everyone and their father ablaze (sorry, Tarly's) — Dany is not a warrior in terms of fighting with melee weapons. So assuming that the prophecy is translated as literally as possible (meaning Lightbringer is required to be a sword versus one of Dany’s remaining dragons), I'm just presuming a person may have to physically wield Lightbringer on her behalf.
*cough* Jon Snow *cough*
In this case, the sword that would make biggest impact to this theory would have to be Longclaw — the sword of Valyrian steel — which was given to Jon Snow by none other than Jorah’s father, Jeor Mormont. See where I’m going with this yet?
The most devastating, yet purposeful, death I could foresee would be Jorah sacrificing his heart to both his precious Khaleesi and to his family’s ancestral sword, binding his soul forever to its blade.
In what would be the most gut-wrenching tribute to his life, could Jorah execute the ultimate self-sacrifice and redemption to overturn the shame he once brought to his family, infusing his soul to the sword in which Jon Snow would use to defeat the White Walkers?
It's just a theory, but it still hurts like hell. Anyway, we’ll first have to see if Little Bear Lyanna Mormont won’t kill him herself as soon as Jorah makes it to Winterfell, as it seems unlikely that she will be stoked to see her disgraced cousin romping around with (and helplessly in love with) a Targaryen.
What do you think? Why do you think they have kept Jorah alive for the final season? Let me know in the comments section below.