Emilia Clarke Will Break Your Heart As She Talks About Ser Jorah's Final Scene
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*Game of Thrones episode three season eight spoilers ahead*
Game of Thrones viewers long ago came to terms with the idea of their favourite characters dying. In fact Ned Stark's brutal murder set the scene that there wasn't much point growing attached to people in this show. It didn't stop us, of course, and the most painful departures are always the ones where characters have been part of a duo, romantic or otherwiise. Just look at Jon Snow and Ygritte ("you know nothing Jon Snow" *sob*), Bran and Hodor (this one still hurts), and Daenerys and Khal Drogo.
This theory was never truer than in Sunday night's epic, episode three season eight, when Jorah Mormont died saving his beloved Daenerys from the wights. It was a fitting end considering Jorah's entire purpose in life was to protect his Queen - and he went out a hero.
Daenerys and Jorah's relationship hasn't been a straightforward one, but they've always harboured a love for one another, on some level or other. Jorah has been by Dany's side ever since the start, even when he's let her down. Initially as her trusted adviser, as she tries to win over the Dothraki then (sidestepping the small matter of banishment for treason) when he later becomes her hand.
Jorah loved her and, although unreciprocated romantically, never stopped trying to protect her. This is what made it all the harder for viewers when he received a fatal stab to the chest by a wight in Monday's episode. As he lay dying on the floor, Dany cradled his body and cried.
And while it's hard to see the characters part, it's apparently hard for the actors IRL, too. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, and Iain Glen, who pays Jorah, have been working together since season one back in 2010, and have become close friends on set over the subsequent nine years. Show co-creator David Benioff explained that it was this friendship that made Jorah's emotional ending so believable.
In Game Revealed, GoT's official 'making of' show, Emilia and Iain talk about how hard it was to act that final scene and say goodbye to the show.
"It was really hard. I just had to look at Iain's face," Emilia says, before visibly choking up. "It's all there. It's our relationship. We've been with these characters for so many years. We've been to hell and back with them."
"It's been quite a journey," Iain says, looking visibly emotional. "There are no words. It's just been great fun."
Benioff summed up the scene by saying, "If Jorah could have chosen a way to die it would have been protecting Dany," which, as sad as it is, we're quite content with.