How Game of Thrones Helped Me Conquer Writer’s Block
When Season 3 of Game of Thrones ended, I was pushed into a do-nothing writing funk. I had plenty of work to do, but I didn’t want to do it. Here’s my story of how Game of Thrones and the love of one character helped me get my mojo back!
It all started when my husband said to me before he left for work, “Our daughter loves Dora the Explorer, and you love Jorah the Explorer.” I thought, wow! That would be an awesome gif if I could find it on the Internet. But I need to back up because you may not know what I’m talking about.
If you don’t follow Game of Thrones (GoT) I feel bad for you. It’s the best show ever on TV. Ever! Even better than Lost, NYPD Blue, or Mad Men. And I like it better than True Blood or Rome. I don’t watch noted shows The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad or Dexter or Homeland, so I can’t comment how they stack up. Two years ago GoT premiered on HBO on Sunday, April 17th. I missed the premiere, but got caught up on the third episode, “Lord Snow.” Even with all of the assortment of characters, locales and plots, I figured out who was who and who we should root for in fairly short order.
I remember Ser Jorah Mormont counseling Daenerys Targaryen on horseback about some cultural question and in a few moments I saw his intelligence, kind-heartedness and confidence. Iain Glen who plays Ser Jorah does an amazing job of telling you what’s going on without saying a word. If you ask me who’s my favorite character, it’s Ser Jorah, not Tyrion or Daenerys or Arya, the popular ones. And if you really want to know, but were afraid to ask my second favorite is Ser Davos and third favorite is Tywin Lannister because he’s such a badass.
A Bit of Ser Jorah Background
Ser Jorah serves Daenerys as her advisor and knight protector, but things are getting tricky. In Season 1 he betrayed her by telling Varys, the spymaster in King’s Landing, that Daenerys is pregnant with Khal Drogo’s son. Although Varys works for the King, he is sympathetic to House Targaryen. With this information, King Robert ordered her assassination. Jorah did this so he could receive a pardon and return to his home of Bear Island in the far north. Ser Jorah is an exiled knight because he did a little slave business because he was in debt for an expensive wife. Slavery is illegal in Westeros. Due to his illegal behavior, he had to be executed or could join the Knight’s Watch and forego his title. He chose to sail across the Narrow Sea from his homeland where he eventually met Daenerys and company. But now Jorah is in love with Daenerys. His home is no longer on Bear Island, but with her. And she is the Mother of Dragons and her goal is to take back the Iron Throne is Westeros. There’s so much more I could say about the GoT saga, but you’ll need to Google it instead.
So I found a fabulous “Jora the Explorer” gif and along with that found so many other Ser Jorah memes, especially his “King of the Friendzone” moniker since Jorah’s love for Daenerys is utterly unrequited. Or is it?
Still experiencing writer’s block, I searched for Jorah and Daenerys and came up with a ton of fan fiction short stories about the two characters that were surprisingly well written! You know you’ve got a bad case of procrastination when you’re reading Ser Jorah fan fiction late into the night. The stories had depth, romance, humor, sexiness, and satisfaction. They also gave me a great deal more insight into Ser Jorah’s life. Turns out, most diehard GoT fans want these two to get together on the show and completely ship (meaning I want them to get together) them. I ship them, but it may not happen right away.
Here are my 5 reasons for a Ser Jorah/Daenerys ship:
- He loves her, respects her and will die for her
- He’s intellectually curious and well-read, so they’ll always have things to talk about
- He’s one of the best knights in the land—making him an excellent consort and right-hand man!
- He’s concerned for her needs and only wants her to be happy; he’s had really bad relationships and now knows what to do to make love last!
- He sings as well as plays guitar and piano (OK, OK, Iain Glen plays these instruments, but why can’t Ser Jorah?)
Feel free to comment and share your thoughts with me, but no spoilers past Season 3—please!