Why did Jorah betray Daenerys

Game of Thrones - This is why Ned Stark wanted to execute Jorah Mormont

Jon and Jorah talk about their fathers, Ned and Jeor, respectively, in the latest Season 7 episode of Game of Thrones. We'll tell you why Ned wanted to kill Jorah once.

Beware, Game of Thrones spoilers will follow. In the previous episode of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, some followers of Jon Snow talk about their stories during their mission beyond the wall. The Wrap refers to the conversation between Jon and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), in which the two talk about their fathers Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo) respectively. It is also mentioned that Jorah had to leave Westeros because Ned wanted to execute him.

After Jorah had previously fought side by side with Ned and Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) in the Greyjoy Rebellion, which took place eight years before the start of Game of Thrones, his father Jorah became part of the Night's Watch, whereupon Jorah himself ruled the family home on the little Bear Island climb. Shortly afterwards he married the noblewoman Lynesse Hightower, but on the poor island he could not afford to finance her dissolute lifestyle. So he decided to sell some picked up poachers as slaves.

Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) in Game of Thrones

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However, slavery has been an illegal taboo subject in Westeros for centuries. As the Guardian of the North at the time, Ned should have captured and executed Jorah. Jorah was eventually forced to leave his family behind to flee to Essos, where slavery is still allowed. In Season 1 of Game of Thrones, we learn that he was hoping for a pardon for his slavery crimes by spying on Daenerys Targaryen for King Robert and Varys (Conleth Hill). However, he offers his services to Dany, who sends him into exile after the knowledge of his espionage that he later acquired.