In the Game of Thrones episode The Mountain and the Viper (S04E08), Barristan Selmy is presented with a Royal Pardon supposedly signed by the late Robert Baratheon for Ser Jorah Morment by a lowly boy of Meereen.

However, it is a bit confusing to me as where this actually came from.

Is this the same pardon that Jorah had towards the beginning of the series while Robert was actually alive, or is this pardon one that Tywin actually forged and wrote in a previous episode (remember he asks Mace Tyrell for a quill after learning about Dany's recent actions and allies).

It being from Tywin makes sense but this point is brought up by Jorah and then defeated a sentence later as he himself states it is not a forged Pardon.

So which is it and why would Jorah say it is not a forged copy if it indeed is?

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    Related: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/63189/23386.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 14:11
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    I think folks are just getting hung up on the terminology. While the 2nd document may have been penned by Tywin (technically speaking, a forgery,) the pardon itself is real (figuratively speaking, not a forgery.) If Jorah had claimed the 2nd document was a forgery, it would imply the pardon wasn't real, which would've been a blatant lie.
    – arkon
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 22:35
  • @b1nary.atr0phy - Or..... they had it written up, as was promised to him, ready to be delivered as soon as his nefarious work was done. Then Jorah had a change of heart, thwarted the assassination and swore to serve the Dragon Queen, so it was never delivered. That may be the original. Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 15:06

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If you pay close attention to the scene where the boy turns his wrist to reveal the wax seal on the scroll, it bears the mark of Hand of the King. And the current hand being Tywin Lannister himself.

Royal Pardon with **Hand of King** seal

In the same small council meeting that you mention (Season 4 Episode 6, The Laws of Gods and Men), Tywin asks Varys if he would be able to swiftly get a message to Mereen. Plainly, that's what Varys achieved. Now if you recall the context of the small council meeting, it was to neutralize Daenerys. Tywin being the brilliant strategist that he is slides into motion his plan to do so exactly by drawing out one of her most trusted advisor and aide.

As to the question of why Jorah doesn't claim that the letter is forged is because he already knows that he has lost all credibility and his protest would do more harm than good. Moreover, his guilt and love for Daenerys gets in the way. He thus chooses to speak the truth and own up to his act of treason, hoping he would be able to move and persuade Daenerys for mercy.

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    Great answer. I added the picture. If you don't like it, feel free to replace it.
    – magnattic
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 13:01
  • Hang on a second! Jorah received a royal pardon in season one for informing the crown about Daenarys. So either he got sent two royal pardons or the person who pardoned him was Ned Stark. Commented Apr 4, 2015 at 14:36
  • Yes, there were 2 pardons. The first Royal Pardon came when Robert was the king, the one in question, came when Joffrey was in power. Robert had the first one sent even though Ned wasn't on board with the idea of assassinating Daenarys.
    – Sayan
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 6:54
  • Here's the link to the small council scene. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 9:51
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    @captainsac Doubtful, considering Ned went straight to Varys to tell him of the king's change of heart, to which Varys replied, "I'm afraid those birds have already flown, the girl is likely dead already."
    – arkon
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 22:09

Seeing as in the first season episode 'You Win or You Die', Ser Jorah is handed a royal pardon by one of The Spider's little birds:

You Win or You Die

The Royal Pardon in 'The Mountain and the Viper' must certainly be a fake, as Jorah already had the pardon which Robert Baratheon signed. Though in fact it's never shown what he did with it, so I suppose its possible he left it there when he saved Daenerys and it was returned by the same messenger.

Whether or not it was forged, it had happened and there's no way he could talk his way out of it, so best not bring it up.

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