Raise your hand if you're an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan who spends even a little bit of their life on the Internet. So that's all of us then? If that's you, you'll probably have already heard the rumors that Khal Drogo is coming back and you might even be completely psyched about it. But Khal Drogo shouldn't return to Game of Thrones — yes, even though he's exceptionally easy on the eyes and he abetted Daenerys Targaryen's transformation from mannered woman of the courts to warrior goddess. Nope. Let's explore why. But first, a little background.
The rumor that the Khal would return emerged via none other than the Instagram account of actor who plays Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa's Instagram account. The man behind Khal Drago's picture shows him drinking Guinness in Ireland along with Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, which got tongues wagging. Momoa even made sure he gave Drogo a shoutout in the caption to the picture: "Cheeeeehhoooooooooo.@Guinness in Ireland. Drinking mothers milk With my brothers @captainriff dan and david. Love ya GOT greatest show on earth ALOHA DROGO." So, could Drogo be set for a return? Sure, he's technically dead (five year old spoiler warning), but then, wasn't Jon Snow for a while back in Season 5 and 6? As Game of Thrones has proved time and again, it has no problem playing with audience expectations.
But Game of Thrones has changed a lot over the past season and as much as I found Momoa's performance powerful and affecting, I don't dig the idea of Drogo being around anymore. For a start, the women of the show — Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen — have become a lot more powerful over the past two seasons. Take for example, one of Daenerys Targaryen's most powerful scenes: her conversation with Yara Greyjoy in which Greyjoy petitions for Stormborn's support for her claim to the throne of the Iron Islands. Greyjoy laid out the options for her: Either Daenarys could forge an alliance with Theon and Yara Greyjoy's uncle and end up with him attempting to wed or bed her or she could strike a deal with Yara instead ("I never demand, but I'm up for anything really").
The show is making amends for its more abusive scenes surrounding women in the earlier seasons by showing the women of the show gaining more and more power. Daenerys Targaryen is probably the most convincing example of this — if her former husband came back to life, she would probably end up fighting alongside him. Any victory that we could have previously laid purely at Targaryen's feet would be partially thanks to Khal Drogo's warrior skills.
Similarly, while Drogo and Targaryen ended up seeming pretty loved up together, Daenerys Targaryen-sans-husband has shown us a whole different side to the Mother of Dragons. Her dalliance with Daario Naharis showed that she could be playful and mischievous and that she was still in control enough to break things off when she needed to focus on her career (come on, liberator and world conqueror is every bit as much of an insane 60-hour-week career choice as, say, banking). If Khal Drogo came back to life, that would be it — I can't imagine anyone as intense as Daenerys Targaryen changing her mind when it came to her husband and first love.
So, sure. I miss Khal Drogo, too. He was a great warrior and it felt like the world was a safer place for Daenerys Targaryen with him around. But here's hoping that Instagram caption was just that— a caption, not a clue that Drogo will be returning.
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