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Game of Thrones star Iain Glen talks about Jorah's love for Daenerys, and Viserion's death in the latest episode



Ser Jorah Mormont has been pining after Daenerys Targaryen for quite a long time and his unrequited love has earned him sympathy in the eyes of fans. He’s been there through the beginning and even after being away from his queen a number of times he returned to serve the moment he got the chance. Jorah has stuck with Dany through it all. He was even there to witness the birth of her dragons, which makes it all the more important for him to have been there when one of them, Viserion, died in the latest episode of season 7, Beyond the Wall. Actor Iain Glen, who plays Jorah, discussed this moment and more during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

“I think for Jorah, the dragons have always been to some degree indestructible, having seen them grow from these baby newts around the naked body of his adored queen, into these vast killing machines,”he said.“It turns out, they’re vulnerable. There’s a question mark there. I think he’s feeling a fear of the consequences. I think he’s also very sensitive to how they’re her children in her mind. She has a very profound connection with these dragons, which goes right to the center of her soul. He’s very aware of the consequences for her.”

Iain then spoke about Jorah’s love for Daenerys and how he’s now moved on. “I do think in some way, emotionally, Jorah has moved on from hoping, really, for any physical reciprocation. His love for her and his adoration of her and her abilities and capabilities remain undiminished entirely. But I think having gone through the nightmare of her rejection, and then having gotten very dangerously ill, for her to offer her forgiveness and plead with him to find a cure for himself so he could be back by her side, I think having gone through that whole traumatic emotional revolution, he’s at a point where he’s just glad to be in the fold and back where he feels he belongs: beside her.”

He said that this was proven when he insisted Jon keep his family heirloom Longclaw to give to his children, because Jorah noticed the attraction between Jon and Dany. But that wasn’t all, he said:I think it’s also a family thing. He was rejected by his father because of what he had done, and why he was exiled right at the beginning of the story. Fundamentally, he’s a very honest man. He doesn’t feel it’s right, that he should be gifted this back by Jon, who was gifted it by Jorah’s father who he had lost favor with. He’s being very honest about it. He’s tacitly showing his appreciation of Jon, that he believes he’s a leader. He’s admired him. They’re getting to know each other.

He later went on to talk about how he’s a big fan of the show. “I’m like a fan when it comes to whatGame of Thronespulls off. I kid you not: when I read these episodes, way back when, I immediately wrote to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] and said I thought they were the best episodes they’ve written as a group for a season. Everything just accelerates forward. There’s no sense of treading water, no sense of milking this. I really admired the speed with which they propelled this story forward,everyone’sstories.”

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