In the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, we took a *quick* break from the usual battles over the Iron Throne to learn a bit about Westerosi medicine as Samwell Tarly took matters into his own hands an attempt to save Jorah Mormont from greyscale.
In “Stormborn,” Sam discovers the cure for greyscale in a study of rare diseases by Archmaester Pylos — who died from greyscale, remember — and decides to test the method on Jorah, despite being forbidden by Archmaester Ebrose. In a scene *definitely* not meant for the faint-hearted, Sam *literally* chips away at Jorah’s greyscale in order to apply a salve to the skin under the greyscale. But because this is Game of Thrones, they aren’t just going to tell us there’s a cure, we’re obviously going to get a glimpse of the cure in the aforementioned book of rare diseases.
Essentially, the “cure” for greyscale is to simply cut it off.
But that doesn’t mean the salve isn’t super important to the healing process. The salve serves as the main antibiotic to treat the extensive wound left after the greyscale is cut away. As redditor firelark explained in a post, the salve, which is made from pine resin, the green bark of elder twigs, white beeswax, and olive oil would simply work to prevent infection and aid in the healing of the fresh skin.
Not gonna lie, for something with such an ominous reputation, you’d think greyscale would be much harder to cure than it appears.
For all we know, there are *crazy* side effects we haven’t seen just yet. Frankly, we don’t even know for sure that Sam (and Jorah) made it through the whole procedure alive.
Hopefully they both survived and are living greyscale-free. And luckily for all of us, we now have the recipe for the greyscale cure in case we happen to stumble across the terrible disease.