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Ser Jorah Almost Had A Completely Different Ending In Game Of Thrones

Published Fri May 24 2019 By David
Ser Jorah Almost Had A Completely Different Ending In Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones almost had a completely different ending for Ser Jorah.

Game of Thrones is officially over, that means members of the cast and crew are free to have their opinions about the ways the season may have worked out — ‘had they stuck to previous ideas’. On that note, writer Dave Hill revealed that other show scriveners were originally pretty set on. Apparently, the plan wasn't for Ser Jorah to meet his fate in the Battle of Winterfell, rather stick it out until the very end to make it to a surprising location.

Hill said, “For a long time we wanted 'Ser Jorah' to be there at The Wall in the end. The three coming out of the tunnel would be 'Jon' and 'Jorah' and 'Tormund.'”

Iain Glen's Ser Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones wasn't supposed to die in the battle of Winterfell. 
SOURCE: HBO

As Dave mentioned, the show writers were originally pretty set on putting Jorah Mormont alive or beyond the Wall. While he wasn't much forthright on the specifics to TVGuide, it seems that Tormund still would've ended up in the North, and Jon would've still joined the Night's Watch as punishment for killing "Daenerys."

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Whatever the case, it sure sounds like a much more pleasant ending for Ser Jorah than being stabbed to death, all in an effort to protect Daenerys during the Winterfell's battle. The only question; why didn't it happen? As Hill mentioned, the writers just couldn't find a way to turn the narrative in a way that would separate Jorah from Dany ahead of the finale.

Dave explained, “The amount to logic we'd have to bend to get Jorah up to The Wall and get him to leave Dany's side right before [the events in the finale] ... there's no way to do that blithely, and Jorah should have the noble death he craves defending the woman he loves.”

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That isn't hard to understand, especially given the whole "Jorah being exiled" had already happened twice in the series in its prior seasons. It would've been a bit over the top to have it done a third time, and likely gave some potential hint about Dany being on the verge of becoming the Mad Queen. It's possible the mother of dragons could've just put him there for security reasons, but with the White Walkers obliterated, why would she?

Jorah Mormont was supposed to end up in the north alongside Jon Snow in the finale of Game of Thrones.
SOURCE: The Daily Dot 

Plus, sending Jorah to The Wall with or without punishment would've assured some tension between him and Jon Snow (the one who killed Mormont’s love). Whatever the temperament of Daenerys, Jorah still loved her deeply and might have probably drawn his sword on Jon the moment he saw him. As intriguing as it would've been to see his character doing so, his living would've certainly complicated the narrative and potentially gave the season some additional criticism had he acted out of the character.

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Speaking of which, Ser Jorah's actor Iain Glen was satisfied with his Game of Thrones' ending. Glen said he wanted a conclusive end to his arc given the choice between a conclusion or question mark to his story. The Irishman added it was especially great it happened in the final season, rather than earlier on when Jorah could've died of greyscale.

Indeed, Ser Jorah's final moment was one of the most satisfying and true-to-his morale of all the other characters, and it would have made little sense for him to leave Daenerys — especially since his death was part of the reason behind her spontaneous rage, since it meant losing one of her most devoted and trusted friends. Had it gone the other way, with Jorah bearing witness to Dany's most horrific deeds, the experience would have been even more devastating for him. 

It's been days since Game of Thrones' last episode aired, but criticisms from the cast, crew, and miscellaneous friends are still going strong.