Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shipping Confessions: Jorah Mormont/Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

Game of Thrones is an extremely compelling television series. It has action, drama, love, and the ability to tear your heart out of your chest only for you to come back next week. Villains and heroes aren't clear cut which is always a good thing to see. The reason I love the Animorphs book series, among other reasons, is because it does the same thing of having the line between good and evil be heavily blurred.

There are many plot lines in the show and in the books there are even more. I am waiting until the tv series is done to read the books so I'm only going off of what I have heard from the book readers. of the many plot lines is Daenerys Targaryen amassing an army to reclaim the Iron Throne for her House. The Iron Throne is the seat where the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms sits.

Today I will discuss a ship I was shipping even before I started watching the show. Yes, I was shipping Daenerys Targaryen and Jorah Mormont long before I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones.
Ser Jorah Mormont was Lord of House Mormont when he lived in Westeros. His early life was full of promise and so it's even sadder that he fell so low. His second wife he married out of love but it eventually turned sour. She couldn't adapt to the harsh life of Bear Island, home of House Mormont, and Jorah did his best to please her.

To get enough money for her lifestyle he ended up selling people into slavery. This is illegal in Westeros so he was set to be executed. Instead of staying to die, he fled into exile with his wife.

He ended up becoming a sellsword for the Golden Company for some time. Even though he had risked everything for his wife, she ended up leaving him. Now a lot of people call Jorah a 'stalker' and I like to bring up this part of his history. Once she decided she had no interest in him, he honored her wishes. He may try for a woman's affection, but he does know when things are over.

Jorah Mormont eventually got asked by the Iron Throne (at that time the ruler was Robert Baratheon) to spy on Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen. In a short time he became infatuated with Daenerys. Even though that was the case, he still finished the task he had been hired to do. Afterwards, she owned his loyalty.
He was there to guide her along her rise to power. He was there as her protector. He was there as her friend. When she was changed by the fire, he was also changed. Because of her he changed into a better man. He found a powerful new purpose and calling to his life.

After Daenerys exiled Jorah, he waited for a good time to return. The moment he saw Tyrion Lannister, he knew he was the gift to give Daenerys. Jorah helped rescue his queen from the Dothraki and afterwards said his goodbyes before walking away.

Daenerys, saddened by the fact that her actions had indirectly lead to him getting greyscale, informs him that he is still in her service. The last we know of him in Season 6 of Game of Thrones, he's been told to find a cure for his greyscale and afterwards to return to her.
Daenerys Targaryen has the name Stormborn attached to her. This is because when she was born there was a great storm at Dragonstone. She didn't grow up in Westeros due to the fact Robert Baratheon wanted to see all of her House dead.

She lived her early life in Essos with her brother Viserys Targaryen. Because of his abuse, she was meek. She did nothing remarkable in this time like hatch three dragons so we'll skip ahead in the story.

Daenerys was eventually sold to Khal Drogo as a wife so that Viserys would have Dothraki for his army. An army he planned to use to take the Iron Throne for House Targaryen. Eventually she learned to love Drogo and became pregnant with his child. It was during this time that Ser Jorah Mormont came into her life.

After Drogo was injured, Daenerys tried to repair the damage and heal her husband. This resulted in having a stillborn, possibly not being able to get pregnant again, and Drogo dying. She went with sadness onto the funeral pyre and came out alive with three dragons.

The Daenerys that came out unburnt was different than her previous self. Her new self was stronger and started to grow quickly into the role of queen. Jorah Mormont was more than helpful as both a friend and adviser. Later on Ser Barristan Selmy also provided Daenerys with advice as well as tales about Rhaegar Targaryen, her older brother.
When she found out Jorah had been spying on her previously, she exiled him. Later she allowed him back into her service after he brought her Tyrion Lannister and helped rescue her from the Dothraki.

We left Daenerys at the end of Season 6 of Game of Thrones leaving for Westeros. Through everything that has happened she has become powerful. She is childish and naive, but has managed to amass an army great enough to conquer the Iron Throne.

All that can be hoped for now is that she can become wise and humble enough to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. And if she manages to take the Iron Throne, she must be ready to stop being a conqueror and start being a queen.
Jorah Mormont's love for Daenerys Targaryen works on different levels. On the surface it works as it's a story of a man falling in love with a beautiful and strong woman. Throughout the course of the show the Targaryen grows into her role of queen, though she still has a bunch of kinks to work out. A bunch.

On a metaphorical/symbolic level it also works. Daenerys is the opposite of what Jorah was. Falling in love with her, therefore, is him falling in love with his own redemption.

Daenerys is a Targaryen whose House Jorah fought against in Robert's Rebellion. That rebellion is why Daenerys is in exile and seeking an army to reclaim the Throne. Another point is that she runs on a platform of anti-slavery and wishes to free every slave in Essos. Jorah is in exile because he sold people into slavery.

Jorah and Daenerys' love story is beautiful to me because it works on different levels.

So that's Jorah's side of things, but what about Daenerys'?

It is my belief that she didn't get with Jorah after the death of Khal Drogo because she was in such pain. She truly loved the Dothraki she had been sold to. She truly cared for him. When he was sick and dying she enlisted the help of a woman. A woman who ended up killing Daenerys' unborn son and leaving Drogo in a comatose state. The Targaryen then had to kill Drogo herself to relieve her husband of his torment.

So...she went through a lot. She had opened her heart and in return got pain. I've been in one relationship that when it ended it was as if my heart was breaking. Yes, folks, the phrase does come from scientific fact. It's not pleasant either.

So Daenerys, in the midst of all of this pain, decides she won't feel that hurt again. She won't open herself that way ever again. She won't feel that horrible pain. Because she wanted to not feel heartbreak ever again, she didn't get with Jorah. She knew that she couldn't have a purely physical relationship with him. She couldn't merely sleep with him, she would end up giving her heart and soul to the man.

This is why she chose Daario Naharis over Jorah Mormont. The former, unlike the latter, was a good lay. She didn't have to give her heart to him but could pretend to feel more than friendship towards him. And, indeed, Daenerys easily gave up Daario when the time came. She felt nothing when she left him. Her words to Tyrion Lannister reveal all of this to be subconscious reasoning on her part.

Currently on the show Daenerys Targaryen will use the fact that she's single and ready to mingle to her advantage. She left Daario behind so that her marriage options would be plentiful in Westeros when she arrived.

If she were to marry for love or take a mistress, Jorah would be the one. He would be the one to have her break her resolve to keep herself fully open for a political marriage proposal.

What will I talk about next Shipping Confessions? A man tempted by the Dark Side of the Force and a woman starting her journey as a Jedi.
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