The last time we saw Daario Naharis, Daenerys was leaving him behind in Meereen while she sailed across the Narrow Sea. It wasn’t the outcome Daario wanted. Sure, the dragon queen gave him an important responsibility, but he’d have preferred to stay at her side (and in her bed) during her invasion of Westeros. But hey, at least he lived. That’s more than many Game of Thrones characters can say.
Michiel Huisman has played Daario since Season 4, when he took over the role from Ed Skrein). He seems to know that his longevity is something of an aberration. “Being part of Game of Thrones, you’re always expecting your character to die,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “You’re not mentally preparing yourself for a very long haul.”
And technically, that haul isn’t over. When Daenerys let Daario down easy in “The Winds of Winter,” I assumed it was the last we’d see of him. But that doesn’t have to be the case. ET came right out and asked him whether the character might return. Huisman’s response was maddeningly ambiguous.
Yes I do, and I’m not supposed to spoil that.
So someone from the show told Huisman whether he was coming back, and cautioned him not to spoil it. Would a producer bother adding the caveat about spoilers if there wasn’t anything to spoil? Put another way, why would the production bother telling Huisman about his future on the show if he didn’t have one?
You could read Huisman’s comment in a number of ways, but I think it implies that we haven’t seen the last of Daario Naharis. We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if Huisman pops up on set during filming season.
Beyond Game of Thrones, Huisman is a busy man. For example, he plays Harley-Davidson founder Walter Davidson in the Discovery Channel’s upcoming miniseries about the iconic motorcycle company. The first episode this Monday, September 5.
Going forward, the actor would like to try his hand at comedy. “I’ve read a couple of good scripts. There’s one that we’re going after right now,” Huisman said. “That is something that, yeah, I think I would love doing that. I don’t know if I’m good at it. And I think I would probably enjoy it. I would probably have a good time doing it.” Ride on.