*Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6*
Ah, Jorah Mormont. Originally exiled from Westeros, then exiled to the friend zone by Daenerys, poor Jorah hasn't really had much luck on Game of Thrones. His unrequited love of the Queen of Dragons has seen him travel to great lengths, but none greater than his current quest to follow out Dany's command: Find a cure for greyscale, and return to her side.
Like all hopelessly romantic notions, us Game of Thrones viewers would no doubt bathe in the glory of a job well done if Jorah could, somehow, find a cure to the fatal disease. But is this plausible? History of the disease leave his hopes looking bleak indeed.
Where Will Jorah Go To Find The Cure?
Now Jorah's all consuming mission centers around discovering a cure to the infection, he may have a fighting chance. For all the soft glances and love-blind devotion, no one can accuse Jorah of not being courageous. But to overcome this, he'll need to find someone with the ability to cure the disease, and quickly, as the longer it is left, the harder it is to recover from.
In the book series, another character, Jon Connington, is the one who contracts greyscale. Although he decided to return to return to Westeros at the risk of infecting others, it's unlikely in TV canon that Jorah would be that nonsensical.
Interestingly, a theory on Reddit suggests that perhaps the cure lies with a mysterious figure we've seen Jorah meet in Essos, a woman named Quaithe. She is a clairvoyant who was born in Asshai, the same magical area Game of Thrones' very own Red Woman, Melisandre, hails from.
Who Is Quaithe?
Quaithe appeared way back in Season 2, where she was encountered by Jorah during his time in Qarth, located on the southern coast of Essos. Like Melisandre, she is also a form of sorcerer known as a shadowbinder, in the way we saw Mellisandre disturbingly give birth to the shadow child which then assassinated Renly Baratheon.
It's common for descendants of Asshai to wear masks or veils, and Quaithe is no different, covering her features with a golden veil that obscures her features. As discovered in Season 6, Melisandre is disguised as a younger woman, something only us lucky Game of Thrones viewers have witnessed.
Quaithe had a number of poignant encounters with Jorah, which could foreshadow upcoming events. She has the apparent ability to prophesize the future, in one scene during a feast Qarth, she appears discreetly, and tells Jorah that he needs to protect Dany:
"I am no one, but she is the Mother of Dragons. She needs true protectors, now more than ever. They shall come day and night to see the wonder born into the world again. And when they see they shall lust, for dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power."
In another scene, which planted the seed of the theory, Jorah visits her in an attempt to discover the location of Dany's stolen dragons. She tells Jorah he would need protection while travelling through Valeria. Jorah didn't listen, and we all know how that one worked out...
Quaithe Is The Most Likely Candidate
Anyway, as a mystic who is able to offer protection to those who encounter the disease, it would make sense for Jorah to find Quaithe again. Considering Game of Thrones is a show that foreshadows for fun, it seems like her elusive appearance in Season 2 may eventually lead to something much bigger.
We know that a cure is possible, as another famous inflicted, Shireen Baratheon, was miraculously cured but only after her father, Stannis, relied on the input from a wealth of healers and mystics. Now Stannis is no more, little is known about the healer responsible for the antidote.
As the only character on the show who has given an indication of having specialist knowledge of the disease, Quaithe would be the logical person for Jorah to turn to for an express escape route out of Stone Man central.
This means all hope is not lost. We can pray that Jorah is en route to actually finding a cure. We could also pray he'll return to Dany's side. But this is Game of Thrones, and the show always follows good news with something traumatic and messed up. Something else Quaithe also asked Jorah could allude to that bad news:
Uh oh... Is it possible Quaithe has seen a future where Jorah betrays Dany again, possibly for the greater good? Let's hope not, for the sake of TV's most unlikely couple.
Do you think Jorah will find a cure and return? If he does, could he end up betraying Dany?
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