The fourth episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 ends with a fiery spectacle and several torched Dothraki Khals. As if it couldn’t be more obvious, Daenerys Targaryen is the real victor of the night and for many different reasons.
Dany once again proves that she’s no damsel in distress. Although she receives a bit of help from her rescuers Ser Jorah and Daario Naharis, it is evident that the Mother of Dragons already has the whole Dothraki situation in the bag from the get-go.
How she executes it was the big surprise in “Book of the Stranger.” After days of watching her discuss plans and deal with domestic issues in Meereen, Dany finally gets some action in Vaes Dothrak. She rises from the fire in all her unburnt glory and earns the respect of the Dothraki community.
“It’s so exciting, very tingly-making. Every season, I get at least one spine-chilling moment,” actress Emilia Clarke tells Entertainment Weekly. “I just stand up and I go, ‘I’m hearing what you’re all saying, but funny thing, I’m going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.’”
Another surprising thing about this particular scene is that Clarke filmed it without any body doubles. The last time she shot a nude scene was in Season 3.
“This is all me, all proud, all strong. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said ‘Yes.’ That ain’t no body double!” Clarke exclaims.
One person, however, is a worthy runner up to Clarke’s Daenerys in “Book of the Stranger.” No, it’s not Sansa Stark or Jon Snow. It’s not even Brienne and Tormund. It’s none other than Khal Moro, played by New Zealand-born hunk Joseph Naufahu.
Khal Moro is the fearsome Dothraki leader who slams Daenerys with threats and makes a mockery of her in front of other Khals. Anyone in their right mind should know that pissing off a person who gave birth to dragons isn’t the wisest decision. Moreover, Khal Moro of all people should know that it is wrong to disrespect the widow of a fellow Khal. Even Joseph Naufahu knows diving head first into an argument with Dany would not end on a happy note for the Khal.
“We didn’t know how it was going to end, [but] you get the scene and it’s like there’s no way he’s going to survive saying this to khaleesi,” Naufahu tells Vanity Fair. He adds that Khal Moro was a “good guy,” but pushing Daenerys too far resulted in his downfall.
By the end of “Book of the Stranger,” Khal Moro and the other Khals pay the ultimate price. Khal Drogo must be beaming with pride for his wife in Dothraki heaven.
Game of Thrones Season 6 airs every Sunday on HBO.