Warning: this article contains Game of Thrones season eight spoilers.
In a recent interview with EW, Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill revealed that Ser Jorah Mormont was actually supposed to survive the show’s eighth season, but the idea was axed because his survival complicated the narrative too much.
Ser Jorah perished in the battle against the Army of the Dead in “The Long Night” while protecting his queen, Daenerys Targaryen. But that was different from how his ending was originally envisioned.
“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,” Hill explained, referencing the final scene in which Jon Snow travels north with the Wildlings.
Unfortunately for Ser Jorah, reasoning got in the way. “The amount of logic we’d have to bend to get Jorah up to The Wall and get him to leave Dany’s side right before [the finale]… There’s no way to do that blithely,” said Hill. “And Jorah should have the noble death he craves defending the woman he loves.”
Iain Glen, who played Ser Jorah, added, “It’s a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her. And from a pragmatic story point of view, his death served a greater purpose. Where could we have taken Jorah from there? Fuck if I know.”