“Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained yesterday the background of the poem that Tyrion and Jorah recited on the boat in Season 5, episode 5. The producers also explained how the poem helped the two characters recognize the “commonalities” between them. [Spoiler Alert!]
In episode 5, Tyrion begins to recite a poem about how the Doom of Valyria came about. The poem was completed by Jorah before Tyrion could continue. The producers gave the background story of the poem in a report on MakingGameofThrones and also shared insights about what the scene meant for the characters.
According to Benioff, the poem is something that the two men learned when they were children from their family Maesters. The poem teaches children about how the people of Valyria “turned their backs” toward "the end" and how the cataclysmic event led to flames shooting high into the sky that burned even the dragons.
Knowledge of history is one thing that Jorah and Tyrion share, Weiss explained. The producer went on to elaborate how Jorah had given Daenerys Targaryen a “stack of books” as a wedding present and how books and knowledge are an “integral part” of who Tyrion is. The two characters are trying to find ways to serve Daenerys in Season 5.
The common appreciation of history and the fact that Jorah saved Tyrion’s life may be the beginning of the bonding of the two characters. “This is the scene where each of them starts to see who the other person is – and some of the commonalities that they share," Weiss said.
With the death of Barristan Selmy and with Grey Worm seriously wounded, Daenerys is in need of able men to help her bring order to Meereen. However, Tyrion and Jorah are still very far from their destination. In the novels by George R. R. Martin on which the TV show is based, Tyrion and Daenerys haven’t met yet. Readers should note, however, that the TV series has been slightly deviating from the books.
Whether Tyrion gets to meet Daenerys in “Game of Thrones” Season 5 remains to be seen. The city of Meereen is facing challenges from a group called the Sons of the Harpy from within the city and there is also danger from the forces of Yunkai besieging the city.
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