'Game of Thrones' character was meant to survive until the end of the show

'Game of Thrones' character was meant to survive until the end of the show

Game of Thrones is known for its undeniably dark storylines and, as it so happens, a lot of these storylines revolve around death. So, when it came to the eighth and final season of the hit HBO show, fans knew that Westeros was in for its biggest bloodbath yet.

Funnily enough, though, fans were still shocked (and in some cases outraged) each time a major character met their tragic end.

Indeed, Ser Jorah Mormont's shocking death in episode three, 'The Long Night', caused a great deal of debate amongst fans who were desperate to know what his longtime companion Daenerys Targaryen whispered in his ear as he lay on the ground dying.

This is the moment Jorah dies with Daenerys by his side:

Iain Glen has since told Entertainment Weekly that no one is meant to know what Daenerys said to Jorah, much to the dismay of the show's devoted fans.

But what we now do know is that Jorah was never supposed to die in the first place... Wait, what?

Yep, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill revealed that the character was supposed to come out of the Battle of Winterfell alive and survive all the way into the series finale.

John Bradley admits to Ellen Degeneres that Sam shouldn't have survived the Battle of Winterfell:

"We wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end," he explained. "The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon and Jorah and Tormund."

"But the amount to 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."

So, in the end, Jorah died the way he lived - having Dany's back and defending her honour.