Khal Drogo

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Khal Drogo
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
character
Khal Drogo-Jason Momoa.jpg
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
First appearance
Last appearance
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Jason Momoa
(Game of Thrones)
Information
Aliases
  • Great Rider
  • Great Khal
Gender Male
Title Khal
Spouse(s) Daenerys Targaryen
Children Rhaego (stillborn)
Relatives
  • Bharbo (father)
Nationality Dothraki

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

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Drogo is a khal, a leader of the Dothraki, a tribe of warriors who roam the continent of Essos.

Drogo is portrayed by Jason Momoa in the HBO television adaptation.[1][2]

Storylines[edit]

Drogo is a powerful khal, or warlord, of the Dothraki people, a tribal nation of horse riders in the steppes beyond the Free Cities. He is an accomplished warrior and has never been defeated in battle.

A Game of Thrones[edit]

In A Game of Thrones, Viserys Targaryen and Illyrio Mopatis marry Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo to get his support and warriors for the invasion of Westeros. He proves a kind, sensitive, and loving husband. After there is a failed attempt on Daenerys's life, he vows to invade Westeros, but is wounded in a subsequent battle. He begins developing a severe case of sepsis. Daenerys unwittingly sacrifices their unborn son to save him with blood magic. While this saves his life, he is left in a catatonic state. Daenerys smothers him with a pillow. At his funeral pyre, she walks with her dragon eggs into the flames and emerges unscathed with three baby dragons. He is the namesake of her favorite dragon, Drogon.

Khal Drogo is not a point of view character in the novels, so his actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of Daenerys Targaryen.[3]

Television adaptation[edit]

Jason Momoa plays the role of Drogo in the television series

Khal Drogo is played by the American actor Jason Momoa in the television adaptation of the series of books.[4] At his audition for the part of Drogo he performed the Ka Mate haka.[5] Momoa related his experience in reading for the role:

When I read that Khal Drogo role, I was blown away. I couldn't believe it was happening, I had to have that role. I was like, "Nobody is going to take that role from me." ... People say it's easy [to play the role]—"You're just sitting there!" But it's extremely hard to be extremely intimidating, and say everything but not say anything.[6]

Remarking on the character's early exit:

I was reading it and I was like: "Holy shit! Fuck, I'm dead!" ... It's amazing what [George R. R. Martin] sets up. Here's your lead characters, you're supposed to think about them one way, and you hate them, then you love them, and then they're killed and it's a whirlwind of emotion. All the little kids and even the smallest of characters just grow and grow and grow. He built a beautiful world. I'm bummed I'm not going back. To play Khal Drogo was phenomenal and I wished there was more stuff he could have done, I'm going to miss that character.[6]

Storylines[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Khal Drogo is a warlord of the Dothraki people. He is to marry Daenerys Targaryen, as arranged by her brother Viserys. He is undefeated in battle. Viserys Targaryen conspired with Magister Illyrio to marry Daenerys to Drogo in order to get his support in an invasion of Westeros. Though Daenerys was initially unhappy with the arrangement, Drogo proves to be a sensitive husband and lover despite his fearsome behavior with his men. After a failed poisoning attempt on a pregnant Daenerys' life, he promises to invade Westeros to reclaim the Seven Kingdoms as a gift to his unborn son, but is wounded by one of his men, Mago, before he could begin the invasion. The wound festers, owing to ‘treatment’ from a resentful witch enlisted as healer by Daenerys, and Drogo becomes so sick that he is unable to ride his horse, a sign of weakness to the Dothraki. Most of his khalasar abandons him, but Daenerys unknowingly sacrifices their unborn child for a spell to revive him. The spell works, but leaves him in a catatonic state. Daenerys smothers him out of pity, and the flames of his funeral pyre ultimately hatch her dragon eggs.

Season 2[edit]

As Daenerys walks through a stronghold in Qarth, she is struck with visions of places such as a ruined and snowbound Red Keep, and the Haunted Forest. She encounters her deceased husband, Khal Drogo, and their stillborn son Rhaego, both apparently alive and well. Although unsure whether she is dreaming, Daenerys leaves when she hears her dragons.

Reception[edit]

Momoa received positive reviews for his portrayal of the character,[7] and contributed his own ideas to his portrayal. For example, in one scene, Drogo cements his position as the lead khal by ripping out the tongue of a dissenter, Mago. The scene was not in the script, but was suggested by Momoa after he made the observation that Drogo, who is said to be a great warrior, had never been shown demonstrating his prowess as a warrior onscreen.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Khal Drogo played by Jason Momoa". HBO Game of Thrones. Home Box Office Inc. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "From HBO". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07.
  3. ^ "Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide". HBO.
  4. ^ "'Game of Thrones: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo". DenofGeek.
  5. ^ "Jason Momoa Audition tape". Huffingtonpost.
  6. ^ a b "Khal Drogo: 'Game of Thrones' actor talks". Hypable.
  7. ^ "'Game of Thrones' warlord Jason Momoa talks season finale". EW.
  8. ^ Jennings, Mike (February 29, 2012). "46 things we learned from the Game Of Thrones Blu-rays". Den of Geek!