Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke shares heartfelt tribute to Ser Jorah with lyrics from Tina Turner song 'Simply the Best'
'The Long Night,' season 8 episode 3 of 'Game of Thrones,' which aired Monday promised to be one of the grandest, most elaborate episode of them all. It turned out to be so much more than we dared to hope for. The episode saw deaths, acts of heroism, people living up to their legends and prophecies being fulfilled.
However, two of the most heartbreaking deaths of the episode were that of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen).
Jorah, who lived — more or less — the entirety of 'Game of Thrones' serving Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), even when she broke his heart many times, also died protecting her. Despite being stabbed a few times over, Jorah — the hero that he is — protected Danny when she was about to be attacked by a White Walker. Bent at the knee, too hurt to get up, Jorah fought and killed many undeads and let no one get near the queen he swore his life to.
In the final moments of his life, we see Danny grieving for Jorah, crying her heart out, possibly realizing that no one would ever love her the way he did. He died in her arms and, in a poetic way, it was a death befitting him — protecting the woman he loved and respected.
His death broke all of our hearts, too, especially when the realization hit that we will never see his puppy dog eyes following Danny in every scene he is in, letting us know with just a look that he would happily die for her.
Looks like Emilia Clarke shares our sentiments as well.
She shared a behind-the-scenes photo with Glen along with a caption that quotes lyrics from Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best'. "YOU'RE SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST, BETTER THAN ANYONE, ANYONE I'VE EVER MET... 😭 [sic]”
The post had a lot of 'Game of Thrones' fans weeping and received consoling comments: "We will always think about you. You protected her until the very End😢🔥" and "I didn’t ask to cry this morning 😭."
Even Allen, who plays Theon, received a similar tribute from his longtime screen partner Sophie Turner, who wrote "To Alfie and to Theon... “You’re a good man”. This, of course, is in reference to the last sentence Theon ever heard — from Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) — before dying at the hands of the Night King.
With deaths of Jorah, Theon, Lyanna (Bella Ramsey) and even the Red Woman (Carice van Houten), 'The Long Night' has been one of the most heartbreaking episodes of all time.
The showrunners sure got it right when it came to pulling at our heartstrings. We can only wonder what the remaining three episodes have in store for us.