This Brilliant Theory About Jorah From Game Of Thrones Could Shake Westeros To Its Very Core

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Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s unfinished series of fantasy books, A Song of Ice and Fire, has always been made of pretty grisly stuff. Recent episodes, however, have somehow managed to go even further than usual with the bodily fluids. We’re of course referring to the recent plotline involving Iain Glen’s Ser Jorah Mormont and the gruesome greyscale disease he’s come down with. Jorah has spent two episodes now wallowing or screaming in agony, and so his story must actually be going somewhere, right? Well, one fan has an extremely interesting theory about Jorah, his new condition and a potential future arc for the show. But it’s not for the fainthearted.

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Poor old Jorah Mormont hasn’t had a fun time of it since things in Westeros started hotting up. (But then again, has anybody?) After being sent to secretly spy on the Daenerys Targaryen, Jorah only went and fell for her. Then, he decided to actually help her reclaim the Iron Throne. However, Daenerys – who never returned his love – discovered his secret at the end of series four and promptly banished him from her kingdom.

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Throughout the next couple of seasons, Jorah attempted to win back her favor. First, he delivered Tyrion Lannister to her. Then, he saved her from insurgents. All admirable stuff, but unfortunately, in the process, the lovesick warrior ended up catching the dreaded greyscale. Arguably Westeros’s most horrific disease, greyscale renders the skin gray and scale-like and turns sufferers into zombies. There was one silver lining though: Daenerys took some pity on poor Jorah, and she told him to seek a cure and return to her side.

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Series seven, then, found the unfortunate ex-knight languishing in the Oldtown Citadel under the care of the Maesters. However, his luck turned around in the second episode – Samwell Tarly, one of the most beloved and reliable characters in the series, happens to be there as well. And after rummaging around the forbidden section of the Citadel libraries, he finds a possible cure for greyscale. But this being Game of Thrones, it’s an utterly gross one.

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And viewers were shocked. “Was this the most disgusting Game of Thrones scene yet?” the Telegraph asked. Indeed, it seemed the directors of the show had agreed wholeheartedly and added a joke at their viewers’ expense. “Whichever director decided to switch from slicing greyscale off directly to eating a pie … my worst enemy,” one fan tweeted. “Tonight was a bad night to eat while watching GoT,” posted another.

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Yes, Sam’s cure for the greyscale – and bear in mind that neither anesthetic nor antibiotics exist in Westeros – involved literally scraping the weeping, infected skin off his patient. He whipped out some surgical implements, handed Jorah some leather to scream into, and simply started slicing into him. And audiences got to see every agonizing detail of what went into the skin and what leaked out. Ewwwww.

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Okay, so the cure for greyscale is completely disgusting. But, it’s also surprisingly easy, considering how fearsome and terrible the disease apparently is. Indeed, only one other person in the show has ever come away from greyscale alive – Stannis’s daughter Shireen, who ended up being murdered by her father before anyone had much of a chance to study her. So will Sam, too, end up a greyscale fatality? Or is this all a set-up for a future plot?

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Well, one Redditor, redragebar, thinks they have the answer. And actually, they might have had the answer before series seven even started. The Thrones fan noted the oft-repeated point in the show that Valyrian Steel is one of the only things that can kill White Walkers. Plus, we know that Valryia holds the secret to its making, but is currently overrun by the zombie-like grayscale-engulfed “Stone Men.” With this in mind, then, redragebar came up with a theory.

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In July 2016, a full year before seven seven was aired, redragebar posted the following on the Game of Thrones subreddit. “Sam leaves for the Ruins of Valyria to search for information about the creation [of] Valyrian steel. He read about the Doom of Valyria and in the process finds the cure for Greyscale… He meets Jorah, not quite fully consumed yet, and helps to cure him.”

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And although the order and location of those events wasn’t quite right – Sam met Jorah at the Citadel, not at the ruins of Valyria, and it took him less than an episode to locate a greyscale cure – redragebar was pretty much on the money. Sam is indeed helping to cure Jorah. But now that we’ve already seen the aforementioned cure being performed in wince-worthy detail on screen, what could happen next?

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Well, redragebar has an idea about that too, and it’s pretty good. “Jorah, now immune to Greyscale, enters Valyria and finds the secret to Valyrian steel,” they wrote. Now that could be a huge leap forward in Game of Thrones’s overarching plot. For seven seasons now, the least power-hungry citizens of Westeros and its neighbors have been slowly coming together to try to defeat the demonic (and icy) White Walkers.

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What the White Walkers exactly are, however, has yet to really be delved into. But one Vox article came up with an interesting theory: that the ice monsters are a metaphor for climate change. “White Walkers are generally ignored. Some nobles deny their existence outright. Swap climate change for White Walkers and ‘countries’ for noble houses, and it starts to sound a lot like the real world.”

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Whether or not the series will end with a White Walker defeat also remains to be seen. Game of Thrones, however, is not exactly an optimistic show. Indeed, throughout its seven seasons it’s featured torture, mutilation, child-murder, and the bloody deaths of many fan favorites. So there’s absolutely no guarantee that the show won’t conclude with the White Walkers standing triumphant over the bodies of the Westerosi nobles.

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But if the Sam-Jorah-grayscale plot plays out the way it seems it might, perhaps there’s hope after all for rulers like Cersei Lannister and Jon Snow. Because Jorah, cured of greyscale and thus immune to it, could walk in amongst the Stone Men of Valyria and take as much Valyrian steel as he likes. And it now seems fairly likely that this is the way the show is headed.

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Plus, in an interview published in July 2017 actor John Bradley – who plays Sam – spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about where his character was headed. Naturally, he didn’t give away any major spoilers – Thrones actors have long since learned not to do that. But Bradley did let slip about some interesting tidbits. “What was your reaction when you first read the scene of Sam treating Jorah’s greyscale?” the interviewer asked.

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In reply, Bradley implied that Jorah’s greyscale trauma, and Sam’s treatment, was going to be central to upcoming episodes and battles. “I was happy to be involved in something that was essential not just to my plot but also to Jorah’s storyline and how it impacts the Daenerys story,” he said. “It was nice to feel like a part of that and the wider landscape and story.”

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But where could things possibly go from there, once Jorah has defied death and learned how to create Valyrian steel? Well, redragebar made a suggestion that sounded painfully plausible. He suggested that Daenerys would finally fall prey to the same madness that claimed her ancestors, and Jorah would have to kill her to save her people. “Jorah finally learns to put honor above love and has to act against Dany to save Westeros from her madness.”

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If that prediction comes true, it would make Jorah one of the most important pieces in the whole Game of Thrones chess game. But could he really kill the woman he so clearly loves? Well, some avid fans have uncovered another Jorah clue in the latest episode: he was seen writing a letter. The official Thrones blog posted the correspondence – addressed to Daenerys – which reads, “I have loved you since the moment I met you.” Awww.

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If the whole of the Jorah theory plays out the way the Internet now thinks it will, it won’t be the first time fans have guessed a plot twist before it happened. For example, there was a long-standing theory that Jon Snow was not the son of Ned Stark, but the son of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Daenerys’s late brother Rhaegar. And at the end of season six that theory was confirmed, and hardworking fans everywhere rejoiced.

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Game of Thrones is, sadly, starting to wrap its storylines up. Indeed, there will only be one more season after the current season seven. The show’s fans will dearly miss poring over every line, shot and detail to discover what’s in store for the characters next. And they’ll also miss cheering for their heroes and wincing when they fail. But all isn’t lost – winter may have come for the Game of Thrones series, but at some point George R. R. Martin may well finish writing the rest of the books!

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