Game of Thrones has come to an end but the show is not going to stop making headlines soon, and in a recent interview writer Dave Hill revealed that one of the major characters was supposed to survive till the end. If you’re taking guesses than it wasn’t Daenerys Targaryen, neither was it Cersei or Jamie Lannister, instead it was the faithful protector of the Mother of Dragons, Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen.
When the writers of the show began writing the manuscript for season eight, they had made their mind of take Jorah till the end and show him accompany Jon Snow towards the north of The Wall. However, he died in episode three while loyally defending her queen from the army of the dead.
"For a long time we wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end," writer Dave Hill said. "The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon, Jorah and Tormund. 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."
It would have been interesting to see Jorah’s reaction when Daenerys turns into the mad queen given his intense love and loyalty towards his queen, but Glen believes it was for the best that he didn’t live to see it. "There's a sweetness in that because Jorah will never know what she did," Glen said. "That's probably best. It's a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her. And from a pragmatic story point of view, his death served a greater purpose. Where could we have taken Jorah from there?”
The show came to an end with its final episode seeing Bran Stark rule the six kingdoms with Winterfell gaining independence. After a dramatic and remarkable eight-year journey the finale wasn’t able to satisfy the fans, who later started a petition on change.org, asking the makers to rewrite the final season with “competent writers”.
Actor Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark on the show, says it was “disrespectful” to the cast of the show after the petition received more than 1.2 million signatures. Even Kit Harington said that he didn't care anymore about what fans thought of the series finale.