The ‘Game of Thrones’ Twist That Left Jason Momoa Speechless

Game of Thrones is a show that broke a lot of barriers on television. It frequently made headlines due to the amount of violence in the series, the amount of nudity on display, and the way that it casually defied fan expectations with each and every episode.

However, one of the things that made Game of Thrones so notorious was the fact that the series introduced superstar Jason Momoa to the world. Momoa has since become a DC icon and a star on Apple TV+.

Still, it seems like just yesterday that Momoa was beginning his rise to fame on Game of Thrones — and in 2011, he opened up about his reaction to one of the biggest plot twists involving his character. 

How did Jason Momoa get into acting?

Jason Momoa arrives for Apple TV+ world premiere of "SEE" at the Fox Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on October 21, 2019.
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Momoa was born in Hawaii in 1979. Raised in a very artistic family, by a mother who worked as a professional photographer and a father who painted.

Momoa worked in a surf shop as a teenager, which is where he was discovered by a designer in the late ’90s. His first big role was in the TV series Baywatch Hawaii. As Jason Ioane, Momoa made a splash, all while furthering his modeling career.

Throughout the early 2000s, Momoa continued to work in the entertainment industry, acting in TV shows like North Shore and Stargate: Atlantis. He also landed roles in movies like Johnson Family Vacation and Conan the Barbarian. However, in 2011, he got his first big break, landing the part that would make him a star. 

Jason Momoa played Khal Drogo on ‘Game of Thrones’

In Game of Thrones, Momoa portrayed the fearsome Khal Drogo, a man of few words but many emotions. Momoa quickly became a fan-favorite, and even though he wasn’t featured in every episode, viewers looked forward to every moment where he was on-screen. His character was instrumental in many of the show’s early episodes, and following his marriage to Daenerys Targaryen, he goes through a series of misfortunes that ultimately culminate in his demise.

Although he was only on the HBO series for a year, Momoa’s star rose after his turn on the series, and he accepted jobs in several key franchises. In 2014, he was announced as DC Comics’ new Aquaman, a role that seemed tailor-made for Momoa’s unique physical attributes.

He has been unstoppable ever since, acting in a wide variety of projects. 

Jason Momoa revealed his reaction to Khal Drogo’s death

Momoa’s time as Khal Drogo was all too short for many fans. Even Momoa himself revealed that he wasn’t quite sure what would end up happening to his character, acknowledging in a 2011 interview that when he was reading the book on which the TV series was based, he was very drawn in by Khal Drogo.

“When I read that Khal Drogo role, I was blown away,” Momoa stated. “I couldn’t believe it was happening, I had to have that role. I was like, ‘Nobody is going to take that role from me.'”

However, when he reached the part of the book that detailed Drogo’s demise, he was shocked. “I was reading it and I was like: ‘Holy s–t! F–k, I’m dead!'” In spite of his sadness and shock at how the character died, Momoa did state that he was honored to be a part of the show. “To play Khal Drogo was phenomenal and I wished there was more stuff he could have done, I’m going to miss that character.”