Note: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been full of reunions, and the show's latest episode was no exception. Fans of the series will certainly remember the time Jon Snow met Sandor Clegane in Winterfell, or when Ser Davos Seaworth saved Gendry Baratheon at Dragonstone. However, the familiarity between Ser Jorah Mormont and Thoros of Myr might've caught fans off-guard, particularly if they haven't read George R. R. Martin's source material.
After ridding himself of Greyscale, Ser Jorah Mormont kept his vow by returning to Daenerys Targaryen. However, his stay at Dragonstone was short-lived as he took it upon himself to sail with Jon Snow to help capture a White Walker. Upon reaching Eastwatch-by-the-sea, Jon Snow's group eventually found themselves face-to-face with the Brotherhood without Banners, thus leading to a brief conversation between Ser Jorah and Thoros:
Ser Jorah Mormont: "Thoros, I hardly recognized you."
Thoros: "Ser Jorah Mormont, no one gives me anything to drink down here. I haven't been feeling like myself."
As the two haven't previously been seen on-screen together, this friendly exchange might've caused fans to scratch their heads in confusion. However, fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire will remember that Ser Jorah and Thoros of Myr once fought side-by-side against the Greyjoys under Robert Baratheon's kingship.
Ser Jorah, Thoros of Myr And The Siege Of Pyke
The Greyjoy Rebellion occurred nine years before Game of Thrones's first episode takes place. The historic moment was an attempt by Balon Greyjoy to free the Iron Islands from Robert Baratheon's rule. By doing so, Balon Greyjoy declared himself as the King of the Iron Islands and thus formed the Kingdom of the Iron Islands.
During that rebellion against Robert Baratheon, the Greyjoys achieved a series of early victories - but their success ultimately didn't last very long. After losing his son Rodrik during the attack at Seagard, Balon Greyjoy's armada suffered multiple defeats at the hands of Stannis Baratheon and Eddard Stark. So, as this assault had pushed back the Greyjoys to their stronghold at Pyke, King Robert orchestrated one last attack to finish their uprising once and for all.
House Mormont of the Bear Islands was associated with House Baratheon during King Robert's rule, so Jorah Mormont found himself battling the Greyjoys alongside Ned Stark. Although both of them have been known for their leadership qualities, neither of them were the first to breach the walls of Pyke. Instead, it was King Robert's drinking and whoring companion, Thoros of Myr, who slayed the Ironborns with his flaming sword and immortalized his contribution to the victory over the Greyjoys.
While Jorah Mormont later went on to be knighted for his performance at the Iron Islands, Thoros ultimately joined the Brotherhood without Banners, serving the Lord of Light. So, although they never met after the Siege of Pyke, the time they had spent on the battlefield must've created a sense of mutual respect between Jorah and Thoros - which was noticeable when they met again at Eastwatch.
The Siege Of Pyke's Importance To HBO's Adaptation
As the events of The Siege of Pyke took place a few years before the events of the show, memories of that battle were still fresh in the minds of those who had fought in it. As one of the many central characters to take part in the assault, Jaime Lannister brought it up on two instances: once in Season 1, where he described Thoros's heroism to Jory Cassel, and again in Season 7, after meeting with Euron Greyjoy and complimenting him on his successful raid at Lannisport.
Jaime: "The Greyjoys rebelled against the Throne for the right to be monarchs but as I recall you were soundly defeated. Come to mention it, weren't you the one who started that rebellion by sailing to Casterly Rock and burning the Lannister's fleet? You certainly caught us there, a very smart move on your part. Of course, we all made it to the Iron Islands anyway. I was there."
Euron: "I remember very well. I saw you. I heard so much talk. The best in the world, no-one can stop him. I didn't believe it to be honest. But I must say, when you rushed through the Reach and started cutting people down, it was glorious."
However, the events of the siege were most elaborately discussed by Ser Jorah Mormont during a conversation with Ser Barristan Selmy, on their way to Yunkai:
Ser Jorah: "It was a bitch of a siege. Thoros of Myr went in alone, waving that flaming sword of his."
Ser Barristan: "Thoros of Myr, bloody mad man. Robert knighted you after the battle."
Ser Jorah: "Proudest moment of my life. One knee in the dust, King's sword on my shoulder, listening to the words, 'In the name of the warrior, I charge you to be brave'. Well, all I can think of how badly I had to piss. Full plate metal, 16 hours, never occurred to me till the fighting was over. I was very nearly the first man to piss on the King's boots."
While the younger participants of the latest war for the Iron Throne are already filling the pages of the history about the Known World, older members like Ser Jorah and Thoros are left to retread their moments of glory under new allegiances. However, as those events provide weight to these characters and their interpersonal dynamics, show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff should be lauded for respecting the past and embracing the future. Because Ser Jorah reveres the bravery of Thoros of Myr, their unification at Eastwatch is a chance to relive their glory days and give fans a glimpse of how these men fought in their prime.
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