Game of Thrones has done a nice job of tying up loose character ends recently, but there are still quite a few faces who’ve disappeared without a trace throughout the series — like Gendry (Joe Dempsie) who’s apparently still rowing for King’s Landing after departing on his dinghy in season 3, the last female Stark direwolf Nymeria who could be anywhere by now, and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) who hasn’t been seen since he gave Podrick and Brienne of Tarth a lead on Arya Stark’s whereabouts back in the season 4.
So, for many members of the watch, when Jorah Mormont (portrayed by Iain Glen in the show) was sent away to find a cure for his slow-but-sure on-set of greyscale, he was as good as gone, especially after the Mother of Dragons set sail for Westeros without him in tow. But for those who’ve held out hope that Daenerys Targaryen’s faithful fellow will come back, here’s some potentially good news.
GoT fans on social media have spotted Jorah the Andal’s real-life counterpart Iain Glen and actress Gwendoline Christie (who portrays Brienne of Tarth) en route to Belfast, Ireland where Game of Thrones season 7 is currently being filmed. The tweet claims Glen and Christie were not only seated on the plane but that the former was reading a script that may or may not be from the series.
For those who take the pics-or-it-didn’t-happen approach to citizen journalism, Glen was also photographed by another fan at Heathrow Airport in London, England that same day.
Before this sighting, it wasn’t clear whether Jorah would return for season 7 or not, and even Glen himself admitted to being “worried” about his future on the show after being infected with stone man disease. After all, Game of Thrones has never been shy about giving its cast an unexpected ax.
And there were plot-based reasons to support his departure, too. Not only is Jorah’s prognosis pretty grim without some kind of a miracle (which is not impossible, of course), but his necessity factor has been greatly reduced now that Khaleesi has an entire fleet of allies at her disposal, and not one among them is threatening an underground coup á la the Sons of the Harpy (at least, not yet). But still. Now that Dany’s single to mingle again, and Jorah is a member of House Mormont which boasts the ballsiest little lady leader this side of the wall, a marriage between them could be beneficial to her in making nice with the North.
One thing we can expect now, though, is to see his face again in some capacity next summer — whether it’s shrouded in stone man skin or not.
Game of Thrones season 7 returns to HBO in 2017.