‘Game of Thrones’: A Dothraki Word Was Inspired by a Cult-Favorite Character from NBC’s ‘The Office’
Despite its controversial finale, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television shows of all-time. Based on the series of novels of the same name by George R.R.R. Martin, the HBO original program combined elements of action, adventure, romance, political drama, and fantasy to create an unforgettable story.
The series originally aired from 2011 to 2019 and was so influential that it is referenced multiple times in another beloved television program, The Office. One of the Game of Thrones references on The Office includes a fan-favorite character speaking the language of the Dothraki, who are a major part of the epic fantasy series.
What is ‘Game of Thrones’ about?
Game of Thrones involves many connected characters and plot lines, all of which turn the wheel on the way to a final showdown for the Iron Throne. The song of ice and fire features the epic tale of the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and countries that lie beyond. These prominent families include the Starks, Arryns, Baratheons, Tullys, Greyjoys, Lannisters, Tyrells, Martells, and Targaryens.
Besides these great houses there a number of outsiders, all of whom plot, scheme, and murder all in the hopes of either sitting on the Iron Throne or placing their chosen ruler on the throne. The one who sits on the Iron Throne has control over all of Westeros, and the immense power that the position holds.
Besides the complex political maneuvering, the show features blood-magic, rebirth, dragons, and an army of undead ice zombies. One of the show’s central characters is Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The last descendant of the dragon-blooded Targaryen’s, Daenerys will do anything to reclaim her birthright as Queen of Westeros. To do this, Daenerys allies herself with a number of politicians and armies, including the powerful Dothraki.
Who are the Dothraki on ‘Game of Thrones?’
Game of Thrones features a number of powerful families, factions, and armies, including the intimidating and savage Dothraki people. The nomadic horse-riding horde is known for their violent battlefield prowess, mastery of horses, and even have their own language.
The various Dothraki tribes are located in the Essos region, of which they dominate the Dothraki Sea, which is actually a vast and barren desert. One of the few weaknesses of the Dothraki people is their fear of the sea and water, as cannot be drunken by their horses.
The leader of a group of Dothraki is referred to as Khal, who is the warlord of a specific khalasar, or group of Dothraki people. These Khals and their khalasars travel the Dothraki Sea, fighting and pillaging anyone they encounter, including other Dothraki tribes.
In the show, the most powerful Khal is Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) who is married to his Khaleesi, or queen, Daenerys. Together the two set out to rule the entire world, and bear a son who will one day mount the world. As is often the case in the show, their plan goes wrong, and Daenerys is forced to improvise.
What ‘The Office’ moment was the inspiration for a Dothraki word
In the show, the Dothraki have their own official language, which was created by linguist David Peterson. Peterson was inspired to include a new term in the official Dothraki language by an iconic The Office character. In the popular comedy, paper salesman Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), mentions his love of Game of Thrones violent nature, and in the episode Andy’s Ancestry, he teaches receptionist Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) how to speak the language of Dothraki.
Dwight and Erin hilariously speak the language together, which includes Dwight saying the term for “throat rip,” which was not at the time an official Dothraki word. Peterson enjoyed Dwight’s Dothraki word so much, he later included it in the official Dothraki language.
Dwight’s term is not the only Dothraki word inspired by a comedian, as the word for eagle “kolver” is inspired by comedian Stephen Colbert. Game of Thrones and The Office fans will soon be able to see more of their favorite shows, as continuations of the popular programs are in development.