Game of Thrones
Khal Drogo, without a doubt, is one of George R. R. Martin’s best written characters. Drogo’s death ranks as one of, if not the most mourned over characters in the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series. In that regard, he joins such characters as Lord Eddard Stark and his son, Robb. In the HBO series Game of Thrones, he was expertly portrayed by Jason Momoa.
Drogo is described as having the copper colored skin of his native Dothraki, with long black hair, and fierce black eyes. In keeping with Dothraki tradition, he has a long braid with bells interwoven, symbolizing that he has never been defeated. By the age of thirty, Drogo commanded the largest Khalasar on the Dothraki Sea, at over forty thousand strong.
Khal Drogo is first introduced in the series, when Illyrio Mopatis arranges the marriage of Daenerys Targaryen to Drogo, in trade to her brother Viserys, for support in retaking the Iron Throne. Although Dany had no say in the marriage, she quickly grew to love Drogo, because he was not the vile barbarian she thought him to be, when the two consummated their marriage. Dany thought she would be raped, but Drogo was gentle, and would not begin to consummate until Dany was ready. The couple grew ever closer, and Drogo affectionately referred to Dany as “Moon of my life” while she called him her “Sun and Stars”.
After Drogo learned that Daenerys was pregnant with his child, he lead his Khalasar to the Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, where he hoped to present his Khaleesi to the wise women there, known as the Dosh Khaleen. Because the Dothraki considered Vaes Dothrak a holy city in their culture, they adhered to a long tradition, that no blood was to be spilled within the city walls. Dany’s brother Viserys, who was growing tired of waiting for Drogo to fulfill his promise to provide warriors, drew his sword and threatened to kill Dany and Drogo’s unborn child.
Drogo kept to the rules of drawing no blood, and poured a pot of molten gold on Viserys’ head, proclaiming that he had fulfilled his promise by giving the prince a golden crown. Afterwards, the Dosh Khaleen proclaimed Dany and Drogo’s unborn son, the Stallion Who Mounts the World, a prophesied Khal that would become the greatest Khal the Dothraki had ever seen.
Drogo continued to show little or no interest in sailing across the narrow sea, in order to take back the Iron Throne for his bride, until an assassination plot was thwarted by Jorah Mormont and it was learned that Robert Baratheon was actively trying to kill the last of the Targaryen line. Enraged, Drogo renewed his promise to take the Iron Throne, so that his wife would be returned to the throne of her father, and eventually his son could be the King.
On the way to a port that his Khalasar could leave from, Drogo attacked village after village in Lhazar, in order to gather slaves to trade for ships. While there, he comes across another Khal named Ogo, and kills him, taking a minor wound to the chest in the fight. Fearing for her husbands safety, Dany orders a witch from one of the defeated tribes to heal Drogo. The woman, who Dany had saved from raping by Drogo’s warriors, applied a poultice to Drogo’s wound, but it itched and irritated the great Khal, and he pulled it off. Eventually, the wound festered, and Drogo fell from his horse, which was a sign to the Dothraki, that he was unfit to lead.
Once again, Dany turned to the witch to heal her husband, but the woman betrayed her, and in a blood ritual, killed Dany’s unborn son, and turned Drogo into a catatonic state. Realizing that Drogo would never recover, Dany smothered Khal Drogo with a pillow. Drogo’s Bloodriders left the Khalasar, taking with them most of the warriors, leaving only the women, children, and elderly.
Daenerys commanded her remaining warriors to build a funeral pyre and placed Drogo’s body on top, along with the petrified dragon eggs she received as a wedding gift. She then had the witch tied to the pyre, and set it ablaze. Dany then walked into the fire against the wishes of her remaining bloodriders and Jorah Mormont. The next morning, as the fire died away, Daenerys emerged with three baby dragons. In honor of her Sun and Stars, Dany named her black dragon, Drogon. Drogon grows to become the fiercest and most deadly of her three dragons, and is believed to be the reincarnation of the greatest Targaryen dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, who Aegon rode in his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms.
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