Beware, this post is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2, "Stormborn."
As fans of Game of Thrones know, the nobles of Westeros are able to communicate over long distances thanks to a system of “ravens.” (George R.R. Martin likely based the ravens on the historical pigeon post.) And there were several messages sent via raven in the most recent Game of Thrones episode, “Stormborn.” But perhaps the most poignant of them all was written by Ser Jorah Mormont to his queen and the object of (unrequited) desire, Danaerys Targaryen. We have the letter for you here, as well as the other calligraphed scrolls, courtesy of HBO.
You can see Ser Jorah’s letter is currently unfinished, thanks to Sam’s interruption. But perhaps the banished Mormont won’t have to finish it after all. We’ll see if Sam’s ministrations have healed Ser Jorah’s greyscale in the coming episodes.
In Martin's novels, there’s an expression: “dark wings, dark words,” meaning that messages sent by raven have ominous connotations. In the case of Cersei’s letter to Jon Snow, it's very much true: She threatens that if he doesn't "bend the knee [i.e., kneel and swear fealty] to his rightful queen," he will "suffer the fate of all traitors."
Interestingly, Dany has her own Hand of the Queen, Tyrion, send a letter to Jon as well. She had dictated that Jon should bend the knee to her. However, Tyrion’s letter makes no such demands. Plus, his letter comes with the quote, “I appeal to you, one bastard to another -- for all dwarves are bastards in their fathers’ eyes,” a reference to their first conversation. This sentence is an offer of a truce.
Of course, Jon can't deny the eerie timing of Tyrion's note coming right on the heels of Sam's message below, sent during Episode 1 ...
As such, Jon is on his way to Dragonstone, and it looks like we'll finally get to see what happens when he and Dany actually look each other in the eye, seven seasons in. Do you suppose he'll bend the knee?