In a touching moment on this week’s Game of Thrones, "Beyond the Wall," Jon Snow and Jorah Mormont reflect on a man they both knew well: Jeor "The Old Bear" Mormont, former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, mentor to Jon, and father to Jorah.
As you might recall, the elder Mormont died at the hands of Night’s Watch mutineers, who stabbed him to death at Craster’s Keep back in Season 3. Jeor’s death led to Jon becoming Lord Commander, which puts him in a contentious position with Jorah. As Jeor’s steward, Jon became a sort of son to him, eventually inheriting the Mormont family sword, Longclaw. "He was a good man. He deserved a better son," Jorah tells Jon, refusing the sword he tries to return. "I brought shame into my house. I broke my father’s heart. I forfeited the right to claim this sword."
It’s a sad moment, made sadder by Jorah’s next line -- "It’s yours. May it serve you well, and your children after." -- which in a subtle way acknowledges that Jon will also get Daenerys, the woman Jorah loves.
Why is Jorah so resigned to his shame? And why did Ned Stark want to kill him? Let’s dig into the history of Ser Jorah, his crimes, and how he ended up at Dany’s side.