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Game of Thrones Writer Says One Character Was Originally Set to Survive to the End (SPOILERS)

May 24, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Warning: Spoilers follow for Game of Thrones’ series finale.

Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill has revealed that one of the characters killed in the Battle of Winterfell was originally going to survive the whole show. Hill told EW that Jorah Mormont, who died in “The Long Night” protecting Daenerys, was originally supposed to live all the way through the finale to head north with Jon Snow and Tormund.

“We wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end,” Hill said. “The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon and Jorah and Tormund. But 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.”

EW also asked Jorah himself, Iain Glen, how his character would have dealt with Dany’s actions in the final episodes, like burning King’s Landing. “There’s a sweetness in that [dying in “The Long Night”] because Jorah will never know what she did,” Glen said. “That’s probably best. 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? F**k if I know.”

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