There’s a new khal in town, and his name is Moro. Joe Naufahu portrays the leader of the massive khalasar that took Daenerys Targaryen hostage at the end of Season 5, the one she sparred with in the Season 6 premiere. The Wall Street Journal talked to Naufahu about his newest role, and learned that his parents didn’t know what Game of Thrones was when he was cast. His father thought he was going to be a contestant on a gameshow.
Naufahu also recalls two and three-hour Skype calls with a language expert where he learned how to speak the Dothraki language. He and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) developed their own Dothraki-themed inside jokes while filming scenes together.
So we’d have little jokes, me and Emilia, with our own little pidgin Dothraki here and there. And I’d slip in some Samoan and Tongan words and try to put her off.
The actor also talked about the scene where Moro suggests that seeing a beautiful woman naked for the first time is the best thing in life, and his bloodriders contradict him up and down. It was an unexpectedly funny moment in a dark episode, and Naufahu says we can expect more of that later in the season.
Moving on, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sat down with the hosts of the Nerdist podcast, including Chris Hardwick. In a terrific interview, Coster-Waldau discusses how Europeans perceive Americans, growing up in a small Danish farming town, the Cersei-Jaime rape scene from Season 4, and what makes the the character so likable. There’s even a fun bit about Waldau ending Season 6 with Jaime’s own show: The Lannister Family Variety Hour.
It’s a great interview, and if you have the time you should absolutely listen to the whole thing—the whole thing is an hour-and-thirteen minutes long, and Coster-Waldau comes in around the ten-minute mark. Chris Hardwick is a fantastic host and a huge nerd—he’s clearly interested in Game of Thrones and gets the best of of Coster-Waldau.