Khal Moro Explains The Dothraki Bro Code On Game Of Thrones
Yes, Khal Moro’s a misogynist who uses brute force to get what he wants, including Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the first of her name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. But the gruff new Khalsar does have a moral code, even if it’s rooted in patriarchal bullshit. Not to mention, his braid is long and shiny—and it’s longer than Drogo’s, which is a sign of a man who knows how to win. However, his sense of “humour” could use a bit of work.
Khal Moro made his memorable debut in the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, during which he threatened to rape Daenerys and mansplained the five best things in life. Is it better to see a beautiful woman naked or to kill a king? The world may never know.
“Here he was, thinking he was Casanova, trying to play it all up in front of his boys,” Game of Thrones star Joe Naufahu told MTV News. “He’s got the power, but he doesn’t outwardly show it too much. He’s not a showy guy.”
Moro eventually changed his tune when Dany explained that she was the widow of Khal Drogo (even though, you’d think her distinguishing features would give it away), and per the Dothraki bro code, the Khal informed her that she has to live out the rest of her days in a house of old crones called Vaes Dothrak. (Although, given what Dany’s been through with men over the years, and her determination to burn down the patriarchy, does living in a sorority house full of former queens really sound like such a bad thing?)
“More than anything, it’s tradition,” Naufahu said, when asked about the Dothraki bro code that’s holding Khaleesi down this season. “He’s very loyal to the Dothraki ways, especially to the other Khals.”
Hmm. OK. Fine. In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Moro is Khal Drogo’s ally. Not only is he present when Daenerys is presented to Drogo in A Game of Thrones, he is also referred to later as an ally of Daenerys’s during A Feast for Crows. While the TV show has veered from the books significantly in regards to some storylines, it’s entirely possible that Moro and Dany become allies before he ships her to Vaes Dothrak.
“She makes it pretty clear that she is no one’s to own, and he gets it—but there’s going to be some fireworks,” the New Zealander said. “For me, it was important to build a backstory to the relationship between Drogo and Moro. They fought together in a few battles and shed blood together, and I think when you do that, especially as two Khals, there’s a mutual respect.”
It’s a shame that Moro shows more respect to a dead Khal than to a living, breathing Khaleesi, but this is Game of Thrones. At least she’s no longer in chains. We know Daenerys and the Dothraki ultimately make it to Vaes Dothrak, as Naufahu confirmed shooting in Almería, Spain, near the coast, but there’s no way Khaleesi’s going to accept her destitute fate.