Michiel Huisman talks Daario Naharis, a very professional horse, and Season 4
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In this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, Daario Naharis proved his worth as Champion of Daenerys Targaryen, while Michiel Huisman proved his worth to some viewers who were still wary of his recasting. In a new interview with The Daily Beast Michiel discusses his take on Daario Naharis, shooting Breaker of Chains, and what we can expect in Season 4.

Daario’s looks may have changed this season, but he can still put on quite a show. Michiel explains his take on the character:

“I see Daario as a tiger-like fighter; someone who’s not really in for the long fight, but a quick one. He’s showy, but his showy side comes from not having anything to lose. Up until meeting Dany, he didn’t have anything to live for, so he feels he might as well have a little fun. That’s also why he pees after killing the warrior from Meereen. It’s very showy, but it also comes from, “Whatever, let’s go have some fun.” Daario is a fun character in the Daenerys storyline because he pushes her a bit.”

Daario and Daenerys closed out Sunday’s episode, Breaker of Chains, outside the great walls of Meereen, which Michiel says weren’t quite there when they were filming.

“We shot it in an abandoned quarry just outside of Split in Croatia. Whenever you see the rock walls, those are the actual walls of the old quarry, and then the big walls of Meereen with the statues and all that stuff are all CGI, because we were just looking at rocks. The director would come up to us and say, “Imagine the biggest castle walls you’ve ever seen… and then double it!””

In front of those rocks we saw Daario single handedly take down a horse and Meereen’s Champion without getting his hands dirty, which Michiel reveals was made easier with a bit of CGI and the help of one very talented co-star.

“Obviously, I didn’t actually hit the horse with a knife and it was all CGI, but what the horse did do is fall over in front of me. I was completely blown away. This horse was such a pro…It would just throw himself onto a huge, soft mat covered in a bit of sand, and then it would get up right away. A total pro.”

Michiel was also very impressed with another co-star, Emilia Clarke, who he confirms he can’t wait to work with again for Season 5.

“It’s very inspiring. At the end of Episode 3, we did the stunt and then she goes right into addressing the people of Meereen and the intensity with which she did that was through the roof. She’s all-in and gives everything she’s got. I love that, and I can’t wait to go back for the next season and work more with her.”

But before we get ahead of ourselves, what can we expect from Daario Naharis in Season 4?

“I think it’s clear from the first three episodes that there is a tension between Dany and Daario that is building, and I think that Daario is not only mesmerized by Dany’s beauty, but also sees something in her that he’s never seen before—a certain heart that he hasn’t seen in any leader he’s fought for. He’ll do anything to get closer to her and it’ll be exciting to see where that goes.”

For more from Michiel’s interview, including how he was cast as Daario, and talk of his many other projects, visit The Daily Beast.


84 Comments

  1. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I miss “Faabio,” but that’s not on Huisman. Looking forward to Dany’s storyline. I hope they change it for the better.

  2. queenofthorns
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I really hope they add some quieter, more introspective moments from Dany’s storyline, like was talked about on GOO this week. Yeah, she’s a badass queen, but in the books she’s also constantly questioning herself in private. She just doesn’t show that side publicly because she has to keep up the queenly mask. Maybe this quieter, more introspective Daario could be in some of these scenes?

  3. Lonmouth
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Much better than the last guy.

  4. Daniellica
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I personally enjoy looking at this Daario more than the first one, but Ed Skrein had that kind of campy, porny, exhibitionist quality that seemed SO Daario to me, I thought it worked quite well. But of course last season people complained about it, and are now complaining about the replacement.

    WHY ISN’T ANYTHING EVER GOOD ENOUGH.
    #NOONEUNDERSTAANDS

  5. Victor
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    You can’t spell “D’oh Horse!” without Hodor…

  6. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    “WHERE IS MY SELF-CONFIDENCE?!”

    Daniellica,

    That’s the quality I really enjoyed in Skrein’s portrayal, and I had no prior love for the character.

  7. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns:
    I really hope they add some quieter, more introspective moments from Dany’s storyline, like was talked about on GOO this week.Yeah, she’s a badass queen, but in the books she’s also constantly questioning herself in private.She just doesn’t show that side publicly because she has to keep up the queenly mask.Maybe this quieter, more introspective Daario could be in some of these scenes?

    I hope for this too. If it comes, I might expect to see it in moments with Barristan Selmy as her trust in him grows, or perhaps Missandei. It’s hard as that’s lots of internal monologue stuff.

    I do love that the horse was somehow able to do the fall in a heap thing.

  8. Rygar
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see his penis.

  9. Renly's Peach
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see what he’s gonna be like on Pyke calling the kingsmoot. I bet he’s a godly man.

    Rygar,

    The actor’s already shown his penis plenty of times in other roles. Learn to penis lurk better.

  10. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica,

    I agree. Old Daario was such a douche, and I loved that. New Daario is more normal…

  11. Rygar
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Renly’s Peach,

    Um. I know. Why can’t I still wait for it?

  12. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    Storytime with Selmy would really pad out her scenes with substance. I’m in. Let’s pray.

  13. Kings
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    He’s the true Daario. Glad they did a recast even if I was skeptical at first.

  14. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    I thought it was easy to see why Dany was interested in Daario 1.0. I was unconvinced by her interest in him in the books. GRRM saves a lot of his caricatures for the denizens of Essos, but Daario struck me as one of the leaders of that colorful pack in that regard. Ah well. I’ll give it time. Maybe he’ll win me over.

  15. Connie
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    He has a beard. It is my hope that he will find some blue dye..

  16. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    The first Daario was more like book Daario. But book Daario is annoying and I don’t buy Dany being into him. This second Daario is much cooler and more attractive. I approve of him even though it’s a departure from the books. I also think Michiel Huisman has more chemistry with Emilia Clarke than Ed Skrein did.

  17. pork sausage
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I was sceptical at first but I’m warming to the new Daario,he and Bronn would definitely be drinking buddies.

  18. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    So… Episode 4 will be a slow one, won’t it? Hopefully not on the level of the bear and the maiden fair. At least BCog is writing it! He did an amazing job with Kissed By Fire.

  19. Turncloak
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    I think episode 4 will have a powerful Jaime/Brienne moment. Also, Cogman wrote the episode and he has a wonderful understanding of the characters. We will probably end with the scene in which Jaime is writing his story in the white book “captured at the battle of mummers ford by the young wolf, freed by Cat Stark, maimed by Locke of House Bolton, brought safely to Kings Landing by Brienne of Tarth”

  20. SillyMammo
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    pork sausage:
    I was sceptical at first but I’m warming to the new Daario,he and Bronn would definitely be drinking buddies.

    That’s the point that makes me somewhat hesitation about the direction of the TV Daario, the actor kind of describes Bronn exactly. Do we need two Bronns(who is awesome!)in the series? Hopefully they add more layers to Daario as the series continues.

  21. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    That would be a beautiful note to end on.

  22. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    SillyMammo,

    It looks increasingly likely that they will remove layers from Daario, if you know what I mean.

  23. SillyMammo
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    SillyMammo,

    It looks increasingly likely that they will remove layers from Daario, if you know what I mean.

    Good point.

  24. Arrowtic
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve a question : How did Dany speak to meereen’s people ? I mean its walls were HUGE ! How could her voice reach that height so easily ?!

  25. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    Yeah, hopefully that Jamie stuff will allow us to forget what he did last time. Anyway, I am particularly waiting for the Bran scene/s. I wonder if that White Walker is part of a green dream or if they are going to meet one this episode… which would be epic. And yeah, the question of Coldhands or no Coldhands will finally get a definitive answer (likely a no). Then we have Jon Snow, and it’s unclear if the fight at Craster’s is in this episode or the next, so it could just be filler this time at the Wall. What else? A Brienne meets Pod scene whichshould be fun, a Dany cleans up in Meereen scene which will likely open the episode, the infamous Littlefinger reveals everything to Sansa scene… Is that it?

    I take it back. Hopefully the episode will be on the level of the premiere.

  26. mariamb
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber:

    I do love that the horse was somehow able to do the fall in a heap thing.

    That was my favorite part of this post.

    Huisman will be wonderful. I’m not a fan of recasts but I adore him.

  27. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Arrowtic,

    Plot speakers. Yay!

  28. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Arrowtic,

    Well, the people on top the walls could have heard her because the place had a good echo… and she did fling the broken chains at them as well.

  29. queenofthorns
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber: I might expect to see it in moments with Barristan Selmy as her trust in him grows, or perhaps Missandei.

    That would be nice.

    I think they had a perfect opportunity during the seige of Yunkai last season and blew it. It seemed like Dany + Barristan ere about to have a conversation about something interesting but then Jorah shows up with victory in hand and it becomes a 1 minute scene about him being all sad that Dany wants to know that Daario’s alive.

  30. Josla
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger: The first Daario was more like book Daario. But book Daario is annoying and I don’t buy Dany being into him. This second Daario is much cooler and more attractive. I approve of him even though it’s a departure from the books. I also think Michiel Huisman has more chemistry with Emilia Clarke than Ed Skrein did.

    Pretty much my opinion as well. I am one of those Dany/Jorah worshippers out there (yeah I know I’m in a minority here) and looking at Daario 1.0 made not difference in that respect. This Daario, however, I can see Daenerys falling in love with; and even though his character appears to be drastically changed, I feel is a good kind of change. He’s become a believable person and not a caricature.

  31. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    The perfect song for that sad, sad moment:
    http://youtu.be/6DD45wBDLNs

  32. We do not Hodor
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    [quote]I really hope they add some quieter, more introspective moments from Dany’s storyline, like was talked about on GOO this week. Yeah, she’s a badass queen, but in the books she’s also constantly questioning herself in private. She just doesn’t show that side publicly because she has to keep up the queenly mask. Maybe this quieter, more introspective Daario could be in some of these scenes?[/quote]

    We will see those scenes. We already saw two of them in the trailer. One where she is asking “how she can rule seven kingdoms if she can’t rule one city”. The other being the conversation with Jorah where he reminds her that she is the mother of dragons and she repsonds that “she has to be more than that”>

  33. bwayne
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I guess if they use the descriptions from the books with the hair dyes and styles, Essos would look like it’s inhabited by circus folk. I wouldn’t mind seeing Daario with blue hair but then I would question Dany’s taste.

  34. Matt Sinopoli
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I would be looking forward to “working” with Emilia Clarke in season 5 too…

  35. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Matt Sinopoli,

    It’s happening in season 4. Mark my words.

  36. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber:
    I do love that the horse was somehow able to do the fall in a heap thing.

    How the heck do you train a 1000lb horse to do that, with a rider on top as well? Impressive. I hope he/she got a few extra apples for that.

  37. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns: That would be nice.

    I think they had a perfect opportunity during the seige of Yunkai last season and blew it.It seemed like Dany + Barristan ere about to have a conversation about something interesting but then Jorah shows up with victory in hand and it becomes a 1 minute scene about him being all sad that Dany wants to know that Daario’s alive.

    I think they’ll get there too. That scene from last season may have been too early as such an opportunity to get there. Plus, Ian McElhenney has a nice, steady quality as Selmy, and knows a lot that Daenarys does not. The two are really a nice match in terms of differing acting styles as well, too, and so I look forward to the idea that they become the next “Throw these 2 together and see what happens” pairs that the show has worked so many wonders with, even if it was in the books (Jaime/Brienne), sort of in the books (Bronn/Tyrion), or not in the books at all (Arya/Tywin).

  38. Oberyn Wan Kenobi
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for fixing the mobile version!

  39. Stylax
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Yeah, actually in one of the interviews from the premiere they asked her about that and she said that there was a scene that probably a lot of people would appreciate but not her father, so…

  40. Valaquen
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    Turncloak,

    Then we have Jon Snow, and it’s unclear if the fight at Craster’s is in this episode or the next, so it could just be filler this time at the Wall. What else?

    I’m willing to bet the “new recruits” mentioned in the synopsis will include Locke.

  41. After The Feast
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    If you look closely at the end of the promo for this Sunday’s episode you can see a quick glimpse of Karl holding a skull. My guess is that Bran and company will get hung up at Craster’s this week with Jon saving the day next week. Not quite sure I like the idea of Karl holding Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor captive, but we’ll have to wait and see. I could be totally wrong too. Who knows, maybe Bran doesn’t even pass close to Craster’s.

  42. Greenjones
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    After The Feast,

    Apparently to someone on reddit during the summer, that’s Mormont’s skull.

  43. Shan
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones: ’

    Yoooooooooo

  44. WompWomp
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    That would be messed up.

  45. Theon's Missing Junk
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    New Daario just feels like a completely different character, and it’s still jarring. I liked Ed Skrein a lot more but I guess theres time to be won over still. I agree with whoever said that new Daario feels too much like a Bronn repeat.

  46. Carne
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones:
    After The Feast,

    Apparently to someone on reddit during the summer, that’s Mormont’s skull.

    Several months back someone here claimed to have info about the Craster’s Keep scenes. Karl drinking from skulls was mentioned, so looks like he was right. He also said there was a really “unexpected death” or something like that.

  47. SkywalkerIsDead
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica,

    I agree with you completely. When reading the books I never really trusted Daario. Ed Skrein portrayed Daario with this sly, seductiveness that I didn’t trust. I miss that in Huisman’s portrayal. However I do like the physicality of this Daario better.

  48. gewa76
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I just thought of something they could have done in S2 that would be a good callback at the end of this season. They could have had Shae entering Tyrion’s chamber in the TOTH through a secret entrance. Then when he emerges from the tunnel this year, he’d come out of the same entrance. Oh well, opportunity missed. And yes, he will be emerging in Tywin’s chamber. No way they’re changing that.

  49. Rabid Grunt
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Valaquen: I’m willing to bet the “new recruits” mentioned in the synopsis will include Locke.

    Empire magazine confirms this. :)

  50. Greenjones
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Rabid Grunt,

    Where did they do that? I guess he’ll desert and go after Bran when he’s north of the Wall?

  51. Ours is the Fury
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Daario doesn’t make me think of Bronn at all. Bronn is too brutal and straightforward, he doesn’t have that kind of style. Bronn’s natural charm is in his bluntness, whereas Daario actively tries to be charming. Bronn will always kill someone the quickest way. Daario can kill well, but he’s a show off too, which is not very smart. Those are two very different personalities.
    Also Michiel Huisman is a lot prettier, whereas Jerome Flynn is attractive in an older rough-hewn kind of way. Even when he was younger, he wasn’t a pretty boy. Just very different types, all-around, to me.

  52. WildSeed
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Great scene just outside Meereen’s Gates. I still have no idea who the new guy is, though ( LOL ! )
    I still have hopes that Huisman firmly plants Daario’s persona into the series, which will eventually. Much more on the agenda for future seasons.

  53. WildSeed
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    SkywalkerIsDead,

    good observation, you are not alone on this one.

  54. JamesL
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    Did that person reveal any other spoilers about this Craster’s Keep arc this season? Do you have a link to that Reddit thread?

  55. Valaquen
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones:
    Rabid Grunt,

    Where did they do that? I guess he’ll desert and go after Bran when he’s north of the Wall?

    I assume he’ll cosy in to Jon for the Boltons. They’ll play up the Boltons antagonism with the Watch and Locke will be a sleeper, if you know what I mean? That could be a critical weapon for Roose and Ramsay.

    Pure conjecture, of course.

  56. Blood Crow
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    gewa76,

    I had thought that would happen in season 3 when the trailers showed Varys & Tyrion looking down something but it turned out just to be a crate with Varys’s sorcerer.

  57. Braincandy
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    Horses aren’t trained to fall down, it’s very bad for a prey species to be off their feet which is why they sleep standing up. Anyway, this type of fall is forced. The rider pulls one rein very hard twisting the horse’s head to one side causing it lose balance and fall. I suppose landing on a mat helps prevent injury.

    If you watch the scene again you will notice the horses head gets pulled quickly to the left and that the rider pulled the reins

  58. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Braincandy,

    Ughh! I always wondered how those westerns and big battle movies got their horses to simulate being shot and cut down on the battlefield. It’s not like when I taught my dog to play dead….but I naively wondered/hoped it was something that could be trained. Forced huh? Thx for the info….I’ll view again in slow-mo.

  59. Greenjones
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    JamesL,

    Sadly no. I just remember it. Apparently Karl drinks wine from the skull though, I remember that much. I wish I could be of more help.

  60. WildSeed
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Braincandy,

    Agreed. That splicing together frames or CGI did the rest.

    Horses certainly do not fall down, however they do kneel and bring themselves to ,gracefully for sitting or perching, similar to cattle ( I grew up on a farm, and observed this often, but other people may have other experiences with their livestock ). They do prefer standing though, even to rest or sleep. Why some stand or lay down seems to point to their personalities as well. Animals are as cranky as people sometimes.
    My family advised me that horses, and the like, prefer being on guard, which standing up provides . These guys are truly observant and listen well to any approach. Any animal in a safe and calm environment will lie down, is my understanding.

  61. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Connie:
    He has a beard. It is my hope that he will find some blue dye..

    I can’t help but think the blue beard and Myrish lace will somehow find its way into the Daario storyline (maybe he gets splattered with blue dye during a fight, or maybe Dany asks him to try something on). The showrunners seem to be inserting Sullied homages here and there (remember the flowers of 3 colors and the Meereenese knot?).

  62. WildSeed
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    Dogs are teachable ? I thought this applied to cats only. LOL !
    A friend of mine caught his small dog being swatted by a raccoon that regularly used the ” doggie door ” to get to his bowl of chow. When their cat came in the kitchen to check out the scene, the cat tore into the raccoon and chased him out. The cat licked his paws and took it’s turn at the bowl. The dog stayed in the corner, shaken but safe. What a blast to have a video cam observing pets in the home, worth the entertainment value, LOL !

  63. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    WildSeed,
    A raccoon cornered inside a house with both a cat and a dog? That could have been quite the horrorshow! Glad the raccoon wasn’t rabid, or drunk.

  64. Braincandy
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    Ha! Yay I definitely hear you about the personalities! One horse in the stable I rode at would take a nap laying down in his stall after a hard training day or show! He was the only one in a stable of twenty horses. And one horse, a Morgan, was cleaver enough to figure out how to unlatch his door to escape. Another liked the roof of his mouth rubbed. Horse’s are great creatures. I liken them to big ridable dogs.

  65. Chickenduck
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    My thoughts:

    Old Daario looked the part (as in, like a prettied-up douche), but not a great actor.

    New Daario looks less douchey (which for me is a negative), but is a better actor than Skrein.

    Regards the character – he is one of the book characters I just never fully bought. Just too much like a Captain Jack Sparrow type in a crossover adventure with He-Man. So…

  66. Chickenduck
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Also – I heard from another podcast a suggestion that Ed Skrein leaving was Skrein’s decision, not HBO’s, and was mostly to do with wanting to work on Transporter.

    If that’s true, that’s got to be a crazy decision.

    Why I think it might be true, is that Conan Stevens and the Greatjon (I forget the actor’s name) also are rumoured to have been recast/cut due to taking another project that overlapped, but still expecting to do both.

    But this is just conjecture…

  67. WompWomp
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    It’s not definitive, but it’s plausible. The timing of his work on The Transporter leaves things up to interpretation.

    That’s definitely what happened with Conan. I believe he signed onto The Hobbit playing one of the orc hunters and HBO didn’t pick up his option. As for the Greatjon, who I dearly miss, I know he was involved in another show as well. I really miss his character. The scene with the Umbers at Winterfell is one of my favorites from the first season.

  68. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    i probably prefer this guy to Ed Skrein, but I’m still a little out on him, he looks better for the part than Skrein did, and he is probably a better actor, but he doesnt come across as rough enough, his accent is probably why. It sounds as if it would belong to a character who’s a lot less rough than he is, he comes across as just a sweet guy more than a grizzled sellsword. If he had gone for an accent which sounds tougher, maybe cockney or something like that, it probably would have been better

  69. Chickenduck
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Regarding his accent – one thing from 401 that stood out, his native Dutch accent sounded Awesome when he spoke Valyrian. I can’t imagine Skrein making Valyrian sound that good.

  70. Coco Lannister
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Chickenduck:
    Regarding his accent – one thing from 401 that stood out, his native Dutch accent sounded Awesome when he spoke Valyrian.I can’t imagine Skrein making Valyrian sound that good.

    I loved the way Roy Dotrice did daario’s voice in the audiobooks.

    “I haven’t been with a hundred women. It was a thousand!”

    Can’t see this guy pulling this kind of line off.

  71. Fienix
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    WildSeed,

    OK, first of all, stunt horses are trained to fall on cue. The cue just happens to be initiated by the stunt rider pulling a rein. I saw/read an interview with a stunt rider years ago where he talked about teaching a horse to fall safely, how some are really good at it, and how the rider would go to the trouble of using different saddles to help him “eject” better and get out of the way, depending on how each specific horse liked to fall, etc. I desperately wish I could remember the guy’s name… IIRC, he was French, and his family had been training movie stunt horses for decades. Also, back in the old American western movies, they would use tripwires, where the horses literally didn’t know what was happening until they fell. The riders knew what was going to happen, but the horses didn’t. Many, many horses -and stunt riders!- were injured or killed because of this practice. (If you watch closely in the older movies, you can sometimes see the tripwires being employed.) Luckily more humane laws were passed, requiring safer practices with animals on movie sets. Equine safety issues were the #1 reason the HBO series “Luck” was cancelled….

    Second, horses can and do lie flat-out to sleep. They actually must lie all the way down in order to achieve REM-sleep, which is also the most restful type of sleep, just like in humans. In a herd, at least one will stay awake or in a “standing snooze” to keep watch. And yes, I’ve owned horses for 20+ years; I currently have 4 munching hay outside my window as I type… Any other horse-related questions, I’ll be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge. ;-)

  72. Braincandy
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Fienix,

    I’d love to see that article. Regardless, I don’t think horses would choose to fall down, it’s to risky and not in their nature which is why one rein is jerked back to knock the horse off balance. If they were truly trained then the rider (or someone off camera) could simply give a signal, like a pat on the neck or voice command. The likely reason they get up so fast after they fall is because it is uncomfortable and scary to fall so unexpectedly. Yes many prey species sleep laying down but falling is different. “Stunt” horses are horses that are more submissive than others.

  73. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury: ey could have had Shae entering Tyrion’s chamber in the TOTH through a secret entrance. Then when he emerges from the tunnel this year, he’d come out of the same entrance. Oh well, opportunity missed. And yes, he will be emerging in Tywin’s chamber. No way they’re changing that.

    Quote

    Well stated. I have a hard time thinking anyone could confuse someone with Bronn by this point. Jerome Flynn’s done so much with this character, and stands with Cersei and Tywin as among those most improved by the show. He has by now become an indelible presence, responsible for a good 20 percent of the show’s best lines, and as Fury said, he’s not a show-off either, just quick and effective.

  74. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    WompWomp: As for the Greatjon, who I dearly miss, I know he was involved in another show as well. I really miss his character. The scene with the Umbers at Winterfell is one of my favorites from the first season.

    I have some mild hope that we’ll get a triumphant return of Clive Mantle following Bran’s “Head for the Last Hearth – the Umbers. They’re our bannermen, they’ll protect you” line to Osha and Rickon.

  75. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    And it appears I screwed up on what I quoted in that other post, but it was meant to refer to Ours is the Fury commenting on Bronn vs. Daario.

  76. Dheep'
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    This guy is okay -just boring. No Smolder.
    Don’t know why people would have complained about the previous Daario – He was much closer to the book Character.

  77. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Fienix,
    Braincandy,
    Whoa. I know nothing about this. Thx.

  78. WildSeed
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Braincandy,

    Depending on their personality and/or what they sense about you, they can be very affectionate. On the other hand, a fellow young neighbour, quite unthreatening ( IMO ), had his right cheek bitten and ear nearly taken off. He was only trying to stroke the horse’s flank ( boy was short ). I watched the entire thing in horror from across the field.Bloody mess. Although I’ve ridden many and encountered all types, I never let my guard down. Animals are animals, some humans are worse. ( : We used a mule mostly, for work…. quite ornery but you always knew what the deal was. *>*

  79. WildSeed
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Fienix,

    Thanks for your reply. I have no personal knowledge of Stunt Horses, but I’m sure much is written on the subject. That they take cues from a trainer sounds typical and not unusual given the long history of horse training styles, especially the Spanish War Horse perspective.

    Having made use of horses and mules for work and pleasure, I can speak of personal observation and handling. I’ve ridden with or without a saddle and for some reason most didn’t feel challenged by me. Every horse I’ve bonded with laid down at rest, on our land. However I’ve visited several in other areas of the US that always appear to be standing, even at rest. Here in northern California and small farms in the MidWest, where fiends of mine reside, spoke that their horses slept on their feet. That was the first time i’d heard of such a thing. Naturally each surrounding and predator issue may differ, with my Caribbean environment a major factor from those I met. That said, I preferred my goat, both had their own roles for work, yet the goat proved better company. Again, my experience cannot speak for everyone else’s.

  80. WildSeed
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    It’s apparent that Benioff & Weiss decided to dismiss the Indigo reference. I’m disappointed it wasn’t adapted in a different manner, there didn’t have to be a blue beard. The Blue Rose was lost on me, and compelled me to only think of Winterfell ( and Lyanna ). Maybe Daario has blue teeth or blue balls ( :
    (I apologize ahead of time if that last remark seemed too insensitive ) *>*

  81. Fienix
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Braincandy,

    OK, the French stunt guy I talked about, I now remember it being a documentary-type show. But geez, that’s got’ve been at least 10 years ago that I saw it, but I’ll keep trying to find something on it. Wouldn’t mind watching it again, either. In lieu of that, here’s a link to the website for The Devil’s Horsemen, who supply horses and stunt riders for GoT (in addition to a LOT of other movie/TV productions). There’s even a collage of photos of someone performing the fall trick in the revolving photos on their home page. Enjoy! http://www.thedevilshorsemen.com/

  82. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    WildSeed
    It’s apparent that Benioff & Weiss decided to dismiss the Indigo reference. I’m disappointed it wasn’t adapted in adifferent manner, there didn’t have to be a blue beard. The Blue Rose was lost on me, and compelled me to only think of Winterfell ( and Lyanna ). Maybe Daario has blue teeth or blue balls ( :

    You are too funny!

    I think D&D are bringing previously unseen/unfilmed images from the HotU into the the storyline in their own unique way. The flowers do have significance, especially the blue flower (as you know, it was growing from a chink in a wall of ice in the HotU vision). Now, if they could bring back the mysterious Quaithe when Dany occupies Meereen, there will be much rejoicing.

  83. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    You are too funny!

    I think D&D are bringing previously unseen/unfilmed images from the HotU into the the storyline in their own unique way. The flowers do have significance, especially the blue flower (as you know, it was growing from a chink in a wall of ice in the HotU vision). Now, if they could bring back the mysterious Quaithe when Dany occupies Meereen, I will rejoice.

  84. Braincandy
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Fienix,

    Wow! Looks like a super fun place to work! I miss horses.

    Though I still can’t believe that the poor horses don’t hate having their head twisted nearly off in order to make them fall. That horse in the GoT photo can’t be comfortable with it head nearly facing its own ass.


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