You can try to guess what item you think Jason Momoa kept from his Game of Thrones Khal Drogo days, and you’re probably not gonna get it right. It’s not a surprising item really, but, the history that goes with it is what makes it….interesting.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly recently, the Aquaman star gave a bit of oral history for a season 1 episode of the HBO hit series, “The Pointy End”, and what pieces decorate his desk to this day.
JASON MOMOA: I’m doing that scene [in “The Pointy End”] where I cut the guy’s throat and I pull the guy’s tongue out. He’s actually my stunt double from Conan[the Barbarian], who doesn’t speak English, but I had to teach him to speak Dothraki. He spoke Bulgarian. It was challenging. The director was like, “You hired him, you gotta teach him.”
My daughter was with me on set. I love taking [my kids] everywhere, but I’m covered in blood, and she’s sitting there knitting with the wardrobe department. She’s so cute. I’m like, “Hi, baby!” [She’s like,] “I love you, Papa!” Then I’d go and be like, “Raaa!” She was, like, 4 years old. “Papa’s just playing” — not fazed by it at all. It was a very memorable moment.
I’m a big fan of taking the things that I worked with. So I have the souvenir of the tongue and the throat. That’s just on my desk. I called up Dan and David. I think it was one of the first scenes that was never in the book, and George called me out on it, I think while we were doing the [Comic-Con] panel.
I always wanted to see [Drogo] go to battle. I didn’t want to do some elaborate fight scene. I think it’s [just as] intimidating to whisper in someone’s ear and go, “Stop that.” You can just parry; I don’t need to do any fight moves. Then you just take the guy’s sword and slice his throat out. I was like, “We can get a chicken breast, and we’ll just cover my hand in blood, and that’ll do it.” And then within days they had this f—ing throat and tongue attachment, and it looked amazing.
There you have it- a severed tongue and throat combination are the items (that we know of) Momoa took home.
Game of Thrones returns for it’s 8th and final season on April 14th only on HBO.