We probably have at least another year and a half until we finally get to see Game of Thrones’ final season, but with filming having started a few weeks ago, rumours have already been flying about what we can expect, new characters who might be arriving, and beloved ones who may or may not be returning.
One man who everyone would love to see back is Jason Momoa’s Khal Drogo. The Dothraki warlord, and Daenerys’ first love, died in the Season 1 finale, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about him.
Drogo was on death’s door after a cut he received in a scrap with another Dothraki became infected. Daenerys asked Mirri Maz Duur to use blood magic to save him, but the witch tricked her, sacrificing Dany’s unborn child and leaving Drogo in a vegetative state.
In a mercy killing, Daenerys smothered Drogo with a pillow before attaching Mirri Maz Duur to his funeral pyre and burning her alive - the same funeral pyre from which Dany emerged unscathed with her three baby dragons in the epic ending to the first season.
However, despite being long dead - and Dany having moved on to a new relationship with Jon Snow - there are rumours circulating that Drogo may be returning for the show’s final season, and those rumours have been started by Jason Momoa himself.
Drogo has of course returned to the show once before in the seasons since his death - he appeared in a dream sequence with Daenerys and their son in the Season 2 finale.
Yesterday, Momoa uploaded a series of photos of himself in a Belfast bar with several members of the Game of Thrones cast - including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rory McCann (The Hound), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), as well as showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss - and surely he’s not gone out there just for a jolly?
He captioned the pictures: “Unite the clans. 24hrs in Belfast GOT Super honored to once apart of this show. I love seeing all my friends and new ones @khivju your a fucking legend Mad crazy love to Dan and David and Every one i saw i know u just started good luck with filming the greatest show in history have fun Aloha Drogo” [sic].
Now, there is of course also the possibility that Momoa is trolling us, trying to get us all excited for a potential Season 8 return before letting us down, and Jason, if that’s what you’re doing, well, it’s worked.
The Game of Thrones showrunners usually like to keep everything as under wraps as possible, so it seems unlikely they’d be so chill with Momoa uploading all these pictures to Instagram if it were spoiling a big secret.
However, there is no other reason he should be in Belfast right now, so we can cling onto some hope. Worst comes to worst, he’s gone out there to hang with some old friends and treated us to these great photos.
If Drogo does return, it would most likely be as part of another dream sequence, or perhaps in the afterlife. If Dany were to die in the final season, it would be fitting to see her reunited with her husband in death.
The pair were reunited in real life only recently - fans freaked out when Momoa uploaded yet more pictures to his Instagram, this time with him towering over his former on-screen lover.
He captioned the picture: “Crazy mad insane LOVE for this queen it’s truly like bubbles of giggles are in our bellies when we are together. It’s a shame we don’t get to see each other as much as we would like but when we do i feel like a fucking KHAL love u @emilia_clarke always forever” [sic].
Will Drogo really be back for Season 8? We’ll have to wait to find out. In the meantime? I guess it’s back to the rewatch…