When it was announced that Darrio Naharis, the latest addition to Daenerys Targaryen’s band of allies, had been recast for Season 4, it may have seemed a cause for concern. Even more so when the first images from the upcoming season were released, and Daario’s appearance was quite different. But in a new interview with Zap2It, Michiel Huisman assures viewers that there won’t be any confusion.
Michiel’s introduction as Daario 2.0 is clear from the very first episode, and he’s done his homework to make sure he gets it right. Although he didn’t have time to read the books, with filming scheduled just 2 months after he was cast, he binge watched the first 3 seasons and added to his understanding by researching storylines on the web. Michiel reveals that Daario will continue to challenge Daenerys, and teases us on how their relationship will evolve in Season 4.
Were you and David and Dan ever concerned that viewers might not realize that this is the same character as Daario in Season 3?
Um, no, because … I don’t know. I think it’s just very cleverly written and very clear from the very first episode that I’m Daario. I think that’s not a concern.
The character of Daario looks very different in the books with his blue hair and gold-tipped mustachios. Since you guys were sort of starting over from what Ed did in Season 3, was there any discussion of having your Daario look more flamboyant?
No, there were never any discussions of that sort. I think, obviously, the show follows the books, but it’s not the books. It’s the show. So no, it was very clear that there was no way, I think. Daario in the books even has a blue beard — no. That character’s translated to the TV show. And I don’t think they ever considered a blue beard, just because he can be described in the book and you can have the image of the character and that’s one thing, but then when you see on a TV show this brutal guy [laughs], this tough guy with a blue beard, it might not work. You know what I mean?
What was your relationship with “Game of Thrones” before you came on the show?
I had watched a lot, but there were a few gaps. After I got cast, I started with a clean slate. I started watching it again; I binged [the first three seasons] in like a week just to really get a good understanding of the storylines and the world that “Game of Thrones” is.
How in this season does Daario challenge Daenerys’ existing relationships with the men in her life — Jorah, Barristan and Grey Worm?
Daario is a very direct character, and doesn’t necessarily tread lightly where other characters might be a little more politically correct when dealing with their leader. That’s a little challenging for Dany.
In the books, Daenerys’ thoughts on Daario are very obvious because we get her perspective. Since we won’t get that in the show, can you tease how their relationship evolves?
[Pauses] I think that’s one of the things that will be exciting to see where it goes to. By the end of last season, we know that there’s tension and that’s it. I don’t really what to say about it without giving anything away. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens there.
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