Warning: This post contains spoilers from tonight’s Game of Thrones…
Theirs was a deep, passionate celibate romance: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). In Sunday’s Game of Thrones, Dany finally learned of her most trusted adviser’s early fleeting treachery, how the grizzled exiled knight who fled Westeros spied on her for the crown in an attempt to earn a pardon for trading in slaves. Of course, viewers know Jorah fell madly in love with the Breaker of Chains soon after joining her revolution on the ground floor in season one and it that he would never dream of betraying her today. “It’s something she’s aware of on one level,” Clarke says of Ser Jorah’s royal crush.
We chatted briefly with Clarke about Sunday’s break-up scene, which the actress says was the most difficult moment for her to shoot in the fourth season.
“Emotionally for me it was so intricate,” Clarke says. “Jorah’s been with me since day one, season one. The scene itself is unpleasant because I — Emilia — know that what Dany is doing is wrong, And it was the first time I’ve ever felt that.”
It’s a good point. Dany has been largely masterful in her decisions throughout the series, rising from an indentured bride for horselord Khal Drogo, to the ruler of the cities of Slaver’s Bay with an army and trio of dragons backing her up. But now by falling prey to Tywin Lannister’s poisoned pen letter, she’s throwing away one of her most valuable assets.
“I’m looking at Ian Glen thinking: ‘Don’t leave!'” she says. “I’m banishing him and all I want to do is cling to his ankles. It was really hard it marked one of the biggest decisions of this character to date.”
We know that Thrones characters often pay huge prices for relatively small mistakes on this show. Could the dismissal of Ser Jorah be the start of Dany’s downfall?