Daario Naharis

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Daario Naharis
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis.jpg
Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
First appearance
Last appearance
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
Portrayed by
  • Novels:
  • Commander of the Stormcrows
  • Television:
  • Commander of the Second Sons
Significant otherDaenerys Targaryen

Daario Naharis is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Introduced in 2000's A Storm of Swords, Daario Naharis is the commander of the Stormcrows from the continent of Essos. He subsequently appeared in Martin's A Dance with Dragons (2011).

Daario was portrayed by English actor Ed Skrein and then by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman in the HBO television adaptation.[1][2][3]

Character description[edit]

Daario is a confident and seductive warrior who is the commander of the Stormcrows, a company of sellswords consisting of 500 mounted mercenaries.

He is an efficient killer, bloody and ruthless, though entirely devoted to Daenerys Targaryen.

Nothing has been revealed of Daario's background in the books, save for his Tyroshi heritage.


Daario Naharis is not a point of view character in the novels, so his actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other people, especially Daenerys Targaryen. Daario is mostly a background character in the novels.[4]


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Coat of arms of House Targaryen

In the books[edit]

A Storm of Swords[edit]

The Stormcrows are hired by Yunkai to defend the city against Daenerys Targaryen's forces. Daenerys offers the Stormcrows gold if they defect to her; while the Stormcrows deliberate this offer, Daario (having been won over by Daenerys) kills the Stormcrows' captains and pledges the company's support to Daenerys.[5] The Stormcrows aid Daenerys in her subsequent conquests of Yunkai and Meereen.

A Dance with Dragons[edit]

Following Daenerys' conquest of Meereen, she sends Daario to Lhazar to reopen trade routes between the two regions. After his return, Daenerys takes Daario as a lover, but also marries the Meereenese nobleman Hizdahr zo Loraq. With Yunkai besieging Meereen, Daenerys offers an exchange of hostages between the two camps to ensure peace, with Daario amongst those given to Yunkai. However, Daenerys flies away on Drogon and the Yunkai'i refuse to release Daario until Daenerys' other two dragons are executed.

In the show[edit]

Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis in season 3

The television series develops the backstory that Daario was sold to the fighting pits as a young boy by his alcoholic mother. Daario was trained as a pit fighter, and performed so well that he was released from slavery when his master died. After winning his freedom, Daario joined the Second Sons sellsword company.

Season 3[edit]

Under the leadership of his Captain Mero and second in command Prendhal na Ghezn, the Second Sons are hired by the slaver city Yunkai to fight against Daenerys' army. Smitten with Daenerys, Daario refuses to obey his superiors when they decide to assassinate her, instead killing them and presenting their severed heads to Daenerys. With the Second Sons under his command, Daario and his men pledge their allegiance to Daenerys. He then assists Jorah Mormont and Grey Worm in opening the gates of Yunkai, allowing Daenerys' forces to conquer the city.

Season 4[edit]

On the march to the neighbouring slaving city of Meereen, Daario unsuccessfully attempts to romance Daenerys. At the gates of Meereen, Daario volunteers to fight Meereen's champion in single combat, swiftly killing him before taunting the Meereenese by urinating in front of the city. After Daenerys conquers the city, Daario persuades her to take him as her lover. When Yunkai begins to rebel against Daenerys' rule, Daenerys sends him and Meereenese nobleman Hizdahr zo Loraq to negotiate with the city's masters.

Season 5[edit]

Daario and Hizdahr are successful in their negotiations with the Yunkish, although they insist as part of the agreement to reopening the city's fighting pits. Daenerys initially refuses, despite Daario pointing out that his youth as a pit fighter gave him the skills necessary to join the Second Sons and meet her. Daenerys changes her mind after the Meereenese insurgency the Sons of the Harpy kill her advisor Ser Barristan Selmy, and takes Hizdahr as her husband, though she keeps Daario as her consort. After Daenerys flies off on her dragon Drogon during an attack by the Sons at the opening of the fighting pits, he and Jorah decide to leave Meereen to find her. Tyrion Lannister tries to join them, until Daario points out he is better suited to govern Meereen in Daenerys' absence.

Season 6[edit]

Jorah and Daario discover that Daenerys has been captured by the Dothraki, and follow her to the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak. They infiltrate the city and meet Daenerys, but she points out that they will be unable to escape the 100,000 Dothraki in the city. Daenerys instead sets fire to the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, killing the khals but emerging unscathed. Amazed, the Dothraki bow down to Daenerys, with Daario eventually following suit. While Jorah leaves to find a cure for his greyscale, Daenerys and Daario march on Meereen with the Dothraki. While Daenerys flies on ahead on Drogon, Daario arrives at the gates of Meereen to find the Sons of the Harpy massacring freedmen, and leads the Dothraki charge to kill the Sons. With slavery finally abolished in Slaver's Bay, Daenerys decides to return to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne. However, she insists that Daario and the Second Sons remain to keep the peace. Daario is dismayed and declares his love for Daenerys, but ultimately agrees.

TV adaptation[edit]

Daario Naharis is portrayed by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman in the television adaption of the series of books,[6] but was portrayed by English actor Ed Skrein in Daario's first three appearances in season three.[7]


  1. ^ "Game of Thrones Cast and Crew: Daario Naharis played by Michiel Huisman". HBO. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Official Website for the HBO Series Game of Thrones - Season 4". HBO.
  3. ^ "From HBO".
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide". HBO.
  5. ^ "A Read of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords, Part 24". Tor.com.
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones: Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis". EW.
  7. ^ "Ed Skrein, Game of Thrones' 1st Daario, Explains Why He Left the HBO Show—Find Out What He Said! - E! Online". E! Online. 3 September 2015.