“Game of Thrones” Season 5 reminded viewers all season that Greyscale isn’t a disease to be trifled with. In the season’s fifth episode, that set-up’s purpose became clear: Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) caught the sickness.
During his journey with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) back to Meereen, the captor and his captive passed the Stone Men. As Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) explained to his daughter Shireen in the fourth episode of the season, these are men who have Greyscale and are basically waiting to die.
It’s an unsavory tale, especially when Jorah came in contact with one of them while fending off their attack. Though there seems to be a way to prevent Greyscale’s spread — Stannis called all the maesters in the land to help Shireen, though she was still scarred from it — it’s also very contagious, and it’s unclear how quickly it will spread in a grown man.
That means not only Jorah has a death sentence, but he also could be a death sentence for those he is going to meet. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has enough issues to deal with in Meereen, like the rising Sons of the Harpy, the death of Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) and the fact her Unsullied leader Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) is out of commission. Though she might sorely need Jorah’s help in Meereen, having him start an epidemic because he carries this disease could be a big, big deal.
The episode’s cliffhanger doesn’t reveal if Jorah is going to keep this disease a secret or share it with those around him — or if he even realizes how severe it is (though he likely does). This definitely adds a new dimension to the fact Dany’s faithful servant is returning to her.
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