On Game of Thrones tonight, Jorah and the rest of the Magnificent Seven spoke about the time that his father died. But what exactly happened to Jeor Mormont?
Here’s a quick refresher.
Jeor Mormont left his role as Lord of House Mormont to join the Night’s Watch. He gave the seat to his son, Jorah, until Jorah disgraced himself and the position fell to his sister, Maege. Jeor rose quickly through the ranks of the Night’s Watch and became Lord Commander.
Jeor died in Season 3. He led an expedition to Craster’s Keep so his wounded could recover from a fierce battle. (This is the place where Craster was giving all his baby sons to the White Walkers and they were “converting” them into new White Walkers with the Night King’s touch.)
Craster didn’t respect the Night’s Watch and constantly berated them while they were at his place. Tensions grew higher between Craster and the Night’s Watch. Jeor tried to keep the peace without resorting to killing Craster, but some of the men would have none of it.
One man, Karl, killed Craster and defied Jeor. Jeor was angry about this, saying that killing a host who accepted you into his home breaks the laws of gods and men. But Karl believed there were no laws beyond the wall and turned to kill one of the girls at the Keep. Jeor stopped him, threatening to execute Karl.
That’s when Jeor was betrayed. Rast, another member of the Night’s Watch, stabbed Jeor in the back. A huge fight ensued between the men loyal to Jeor and those who were not. Jeor continued to fight, even with a knife literally in his back. But he eventually succumbed to his wounds. When he collapsed, Rast struck a knife into Jeor’s throat over and over until he died.
This was a terrible and unjust death — an awful way for a good man to die.
Below is a video of the scene: