As their skiff glides through the ruins of ancient Valyria, Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont recite a poem about the Doom. What's the backstory of the verse? "It’s a poem that they both learned when they were children," explains series co-creator David Benioff. "It’s probably one of those famous poems like 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' that all children from noble families learn at the feet of their family maester."
The shared experience reveals that Jorah and Tyrion are "both people who take a long view on history," adds co-creator D.B. Weiss. "Jorah gave Dany a stack of books at her wedding about the histories of her ancestors so she could know where she came from. For Tyrion, knowledge of the world around him is an integral part of who he is. This is the scene where each of them starts to see who the other person is – and some of the commonalities that they share."