Once each Game of Thrones episode ends, the googling of what just happened begins. We're here to provide some context and background on the HBO hit show with the help of the books of A Song of Ice and Fire, but without the risk of big spoilers. This week, we look at Jorah Mormont's slaving history, Theon's transformation into "Reek," Shae's admissions at trial, and pirate Salladhor Saan.
Jorah Mormont as slaver, informant
The leaders of the small council in King's Landing mentioned Jorah when referring to the threat of Daenerys and her army over in the East. "Mormont is spying on her for us?" the Grand Maester asks. "No longer, he appears to be fully devoted to her," Varys responds. Though we now see Jorah as the loyal assistant of Daenerys, the knight was sending Varys regular updates on the Khaleesi in the early days of their travels. Why would Jorah be a spy?
The reason is Jorah's past banishment from Westeros. Jorah used to be a Lord in the North on Bear Island, but was banished when Ned Stark discovered Jorah was selling slaves to make extra money. Thus off he ventured to the east to become a sellsword and survive on his own. But in an attempt to get a pardon and have that punishment overturned, Jorah had been sending missives to Varys tracking Daenerys. "So the slaver has become a spy," Ned Stark tells King Robert in the first book upon learning about Jorah. "I would rather he become a corpse." Daenerys, of course, has no idea about the spying. And as Varys explains, he's no longer of much help to the small council.