There was lots of death in the final season of “Game of Thrones,” but one character who got killed was actually supposed to survive the carnage.
Dave Hill, a writer for the hit HBO series (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company), revealed to Entertainment Weekly which of the characters had been plotted to make it.
“For a long time we wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end,” said Hill, but instead the writers decided to have the character perish while protecting Daenerys Targaryen from the Army of the Dead in the third episode. ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ pays tribute to show’s foot soldiers “The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon and Jorah and Tormund,” Hill said. “But the amount of 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.” The actor who portrayed Ser Jorah, Iain Glen, told the publication that there was “a sweetness” in the character dying when he did because he was not around to see Daenerys fire bombing of King’s Landing which resulted in the death of tens of thousands of civilians. What to watch and obsess over now that ‘Game of Thrones’ is done “It’s a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her,” Glen said. “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.”
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) survived yet another encounter with the Night King during the Battle of Winterfell. But he and his lover-slash-aunt Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) need to decide who is the true heir to the Iron Throne before they take on Cersei (Lena Headey).
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) had a touching moment in the crypts during the Battle of Winterfell, but they still stand on opposing sides when it comes to their loyalty to Daenerys as the Queen of Westeros. Tyrion will have to decide who he believes in as a ruler in the final episodes. Perhaps his chat with Bran by the fireside in the second episode of the eighth season gave him crucial information he’ll need before the end of the series.
Sansa Stark will have to rebuild much of Winterfell after the devastating Battle of Winterfell. Part of that process will be continuing to insist on the North’s independence from Daenerys, a dangerous stance to take against the Dragon Queen.
Arya (Maisie Williams) saved the world. Now what? Likely, she will play an important role in uniting her surviving siblings, Sansa, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and — honorarily speaking — Jon together.
Thanks to Arya, the Three-Eyed Raven survives. Given that he can see the past — and at least parts of the future — he’ll likely have some important role to play in verifying Jon’s Targaryen lineage to a doubtful Daenerys.
Disgusted with Cersei’s covert plan to attack Daenerys and Jon Snow when the fate of the entire realm is at stake, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) walked out of King’s Landing. Now that he’s survived the Battle of Winterfell, he’ll have to confront his sister.
Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a knight and survived the Battle of Winterfell to boot. She will likely stay loyal to the Stark girls, whatever they decide to do now.
Sam (John Bradley) managed to survive the fight with the dead. We know he would prefer to see Jon on the Iron Throne over Daenerys. It’s unclear what role he’ll play in their possible rift.