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The Unsullied

"They begin their training at five. Every day they drill from dawn to dusk until they have mastered the shortsword, the shield, and the three spears. Only one boy in four survives this rigorous training. Their discipline and loyalty are absolute. They fear nothing."

An army of slave warrior-eunuchs trained from childhood in the city-state of Astapor.

    In General 

  • Badass Army: Their intense training and fierce devotion to their master makes them one of the qualitatively strongest armies in the world. According to a History and Lore segment, the Free City of Qohor once bought an army of three thousand Unsullied to protect the city from a horde of fifty thousand Dothraki lead by one Khal Temmo. Only six hundred Unsullied were left alive after the battle, but Khal Temmo, all his sons and his bloodriders were dead, and the remaining Dothraki all cut their braids and retreated in shame.
  • Ballistic Discount: They get used in a medieval, firearm-less version. Daenerys buys every single Unsullied from Astapor understanding full well that they will obey her every command... then promptly orders them to sack the city and free the rest of the slaves.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Unsullied are trained to fight with shield and spear in tightly massed formations on open battlegrounds. This leaves them at a disadvantage in close quarter combat in urban areas, especially when scattered in small groups. It also means that their below-average size and strength, most probably due to being castrated prior to puberty, become a much bigger issue.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Sack of Astapor is hands down one of the most one-sided battles in the entire series.
    • Once they breach the gates of Casterly Rock, they cut through the Lannister forces like tissue paper. Largely because the bulk of the Lannister forces aren't there.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The Unsullied were raised like animals by the Wise Masters, who mercilessly tortured them into hardened killing machines. Dany's first order lets the Unsullied show their Wise Masters just how good they are at killing.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: For the eagle-eyed book reader, the Unsullied can in fact be seen in the background of Daenerys's wedding with bronze spiked caps and spears, looking more like their book descriptions. The TV Unsullied look is solidified the next time they're featured, with a black helmet and mask with a curved spike instead of a straight one.
  • Faceless Mooks: Unlike their book counterparts, the faces of TV Unsullied are covered by a mask that leaves only their eyes exposed. In Seasons 4 and 5, we do see plenty of Unsullied without their helmets, though.
  • Feel No Pain: Kraznys demonstrates by casually cutting off one Unsullied's nipple.
  • Hold the Line: The majority of the Unsullied meet their end at the Battle for the Dawn in Season 8 against the Undead Wrights. They do so by holding the lines for the other armies to retreat.
  • I Choose to Stay: Daenerys releases them after the sack of Astapor, but they choose to serve her willingly instead, signified by them tapping their spear shafts into the ground.
  • Informed Ability: Their mostly offscreen sack of Astapor aside (which was a sack against non-combatants, not soldiers), the Unsullied don't get much opportunity to to demonstrate that they're the skilled, disciplined army they supposedly are, other than being pretty good at marching. "The Sons of the Harpy" shows them being attacked in small groups of six or two by the titular Sons, unable to put up a fight against dozens of the former slavers in close quarters.
    • Finally averted in Season 7 where they fight Lannister soldiers and massacre them in close-quarters combat.
    • Averted as well in Season 8, where they Hold the Line against the Night King's horde of Wights, and again during the Sack of King's Landing, where (initially) they fight Lannister soldiers again and tear through them.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • The Unsullied are trained thoroughly in open warfare in tight formations, not attacks in urban environment. This gives them trouble in Meereen when the Sons of the Harpy ambush and kill small numbers of Unsullied on patrol.
    • Similarly, a lack of fear is highly useful, but not when you're trying to root out a hidden enemy, especially when you march in conspicious groups. Daario explains that only someone who understands fear could figure out where an irregular enemy would be hiding.
    • Their defensive formations are incredibly good against most standard armies, but against the army of the Undead, who literally throw themselves at their targets and use a Zerg Rush, they fall apart from the sheer tidal wave of bodies.
  • Necessary Drawback: From the perspective of their former masters, at least. Being castrated at a young age may mean that they can focus solely on fighting and obeying, but it also means that their physical growth has been stunted. Grey Worm, though a skilled fighter and commander, has a noticeably thin physique compared to Daenerys' other lieutenants.
  • Not Afraid to Die: In theory, because the masters have taken their humanity. In practice, because there are no masters in the grave.
  • Praetorian Guard: They are the most elite forces at Daenerys' disposal, and there's always a few of them who guard her rooms or bodyguard her.
  • Slave Mooks: Originally. They are freed by Daenerys, then decide to become her subjects.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Their armor doesn't cover their arms.
  • The Spartan Way: The Unsullied are trained in this manner, but the methods used are even worse than anything in real-life Sparta. Before becoming full-fledged Unsullied, each recruit must go to the slave market and murder a slave child in front of its mother, and then pay a silver coin... to the mother's owner. From the books... 
  • Super Soldier: Basically. Fearless, perfectly disciplined in martial arts, and immune to pain.
  • Third-Person Person: They use "this one" to describe themselves, emphasizing their lack of autonomy. Grey Worm has grown out of it, and presumably so have others.
  • Training from Hell: They are put through rigorous dawn to dusk drilling from the time they're five. Reality Ensues as only one in four survives to become Unsullied.
  • Undying Loyalty: To whoever owns them. They are now completely loyal to Daenerys, though she no longer owns them as she has declared them to be free, but the vast majority of them still follow her.
  • Weapon of Choice: All of them carry spears and shields.
  • Worthy Opponent: They're the only foot soldiers the Dothraki have any real respect for, considering their history with them.
  • You Are Number 6: Not even numbers, Unsullied are given random slave names like Grey Worm or White Rat each day to emphasize that they own nothing, not even names. Grey Worm chooses to keep his name, as it was the one he had when Daenerys freed him.

    Grey Worm 

Grey Worm
"Grey Worm is the name this one had on the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free."

Played By: Jacob Anderson

"I promise you, a single day of freedom is worth more than a lifetime in chains."

The officer the Unsullied have chosen to lead them. He develops a fierce loyalty towards Daenarys for freeing him from slavery, as well as developing a romance with Missandei, Daenarys closest confidant.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, he's described as stocky and square; Jacob Anderson is neither of these.
  • Ambiguously Brown: It turns out Grey Worm's from the Summer Isles, though he's substantially lighter than the only other character we've met from the Summer Isles: Xaro Xhoan Daxos.From the books... 
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Missandei in Season 7, episode 2, before he leaves for battle against the Lannisters. They consummate the relationship immediately after.
  • Appropriated Appellation: His name was given to him by his masters as an insult. He chooses to keep his name even after Dany allows him to pick a new one. In his mind, Grey Worm is a sacred name since it belongs to a man who has been freed from slavery.From the books... 
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Grey Worm was chosen by the notoriously badass Unsullied to lead them and is easily the best fighter among them.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont.
  • Blade on a Stick: And he kicks serious ass with it.
  • The Brute: After Dany's Face–Heel Turn by default, since Grey Worm is the commander of her army.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Played with. Grey Worm's emasculation prevents him from engaging in any manner of traditional intercourse, but it sure doesn't stop him from pleasuring Missandei with his mouth.
  • Cliffhanger: The confrontation with the Sons of the Harpy leaves Grey Worm badly wounded, but considerably less obviously dead than Ser Barristan. The next episode shows he survived.
  • Colonel Badass: Chosen by the Unsullied officers as their commander.
  • The Comically Serious: More so than Missandei, he is extremely awkward during his conversations with Tyrion. However, the latter finally gets him to make a joke in the penultimate episode of the season (in the most deadpan way possible).
  • Dance Battler: Grey Worm is muscled but not big, so he fights in a very light and graceful way... when not using a Shield Bash, that is.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Oathkeeper" is this for him, where he gets as much screen time as Tyrion Lannister, and reveals himself to be a Guile Hero of the highest caliber. Indeed, it's he, not Daenerys, who's the true victor over Meereen.
  • Death Glare: Grey Worm is capable of some terrifying ones towards those who earned his ire, despite being very stoic. He shoots one towards Jon when he sees Jon trying, and failing, to get his men to stop attacking the surrendering Lannister army.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: His actor revealed Grey Worm has some distrust for Tyrion because of his foreign background. He has never experienced a person like Tyrion before and his knowledge of the Lannisters confuses him once he meet him. The dislike continues after Tyrion's schemes in Meereen led it to be besieged by former slavemasters over a peace deal that Grey Worm and Missandei told him was a bad idea.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: His subtitled dialogue shows a much better vocabulary than when he uses the Common Tongue of Westeros, as he has only recently begun to learn the latter from Missandei.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Out of loyalty to Daenarys and his hatred towards the Lannisters for murdering his love, Missandei, Grey Worm has turned absolutely ruthless towards his enemies, even if they are surrendering or completely innocent, slaughtering anyone who gets within his reach.
  • Forced to Watch: He has to watch Missandei being decapitated by the Mountain on Cersei's orders, although at the last moment he tries to look away.
  • Guile Hero: Incites the slave revolt that topples Meereen from within.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Upon Missandei's execution.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: When Missandei is beheaded, he quickly turns away in horror, unable to watch the woman he loves die in such a manner, though it's not clear if he looked away quickly enough to miss it.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the series until Season 3.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He says that he was never the strongest or biggest of Unsullied but the bravest and never had a special training to eliminate a fear since he never showed one.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite instigating the Rape, Pillage, and Burn on behalf of Daenerys's forces with his assault on the Lannisters in "The Bells," Grey Worm is allowed to simply bring the Unsullied and Dothraki back to Essos without punishment in "The Iron Throne."
  • Love Is a Weakness: Holds this mindset due to his upbringing as a merciless killer with the Unsullied. Doesn't stop him from falling for Missandei.
  • Morality Pet: Missandei is this for him, causing him to awaken his long buried humanity as a result of his Unsullied training. Naturally, when Missandei dies, Grey Worm reverts back to his cold demeanor, only this time, its laced with barely contained fury at the world.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his stoic demeanor, a literal lifetime of slavery, senseless brutality, and combat training, it hasn't stopped him from being cuddly. He loses this trait when Missandei dies, turning completely cold. When Daenarys presents him with Missandei's last and only possession, a slave collar, Grey Worm chucks it in the fire due to what the collar represents, as well as trying to let go of the painful reminder that his love is gone forever.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Daenerys' fleet is ambushed by Euron Greyjoy, he orders Missandei to get onto the skiff and away from the main ship so she'll be safe. However, this actually allows Euron to capture her, eventually resulting in her death.
  • Not So Above It All: Even the stoic and no-nonsense Grey Worm can't help but be roped into silly little contests with Daario. On a more poignant level, despite being a eunuch he is implied in "Two Swords" to have a crush on Missandei, which Daario good-naturedly taunts him over.
    • He also makes jokes. Hilariously serious ones.
  • Not So Stoic: After he's badly injuring trying (unsuccessfully) to protect Ser Barristan, he cries and tells Missandei he's sorry he couldn't save him and that for once, he was afraid of dying because it meant he would never see her again. In "The Last of the Starks", he completely goes to pieces when Missandei is captured and later killed. In "The Bells", Grey Worm demonstrates terrifying ferocity against the surrendering Lannister army, killing anyone who gets in his way, all while in a cold fury.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In the final season.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He is overcome with pure rage thanks to Cersei beheading Missandei the previous episode that during the Siege of Kings Landing as soon as he sees Daenerys fly off to attack the city, he attacks the surrendering Lannister soldiers in spite of the agreement set out before hand. The result is the loss of many more lives.
  • Rousing Speech: The normally taciturn and quiet Grey Worm gives a short, simple but powerful speech to a group of slaves debating whether or not to turn on their masters.
    Grey Worm: This one is called Grey Worm. I was taken as a baby by the Masters of Astapor, raised and trained as Unsullied. Now I fight for Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains... There are three slaves in this city for every Master. No one can give you your freedom, brothers. If you want it, you must take it.
  • Shield Bash: One of his fighting techniques.
  • Ship Tease: With Missandei, as she starts to teach him the Common Tongue. They have a Big Damn Kiss in "Kill the Boy" after he is wounded by the Sons of the Harpy. Becomes a true relationship several seasons later.
  • So Happy Together: Prior to the battle with the White Walkers, he and Missandei talk about leaving Westeros for Naath (Missandei's peaceful island home) once Daenerys takes the throne and living happily ever after together. They both survive the battle of Winterfell, but in the next episode Missandei is captured by the Lannisters and Grey Worm can only watch helplessly as she's killed.
  • Sole Survivor: As of the series finale, he is the last remaining member of Daenerys' court from Essos.
  • The Stoic: It comes with being an Unsullied, trained from birth to feel no fear and remain utterly disciplined at all times.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Distrusts Tyrion as a foreigner and hates the diplomatic tactic of appeasing the former slavers, but lends his support because his Queen trusts the dwarf.
  • The Teetotaler: The Unsullied don't drink. In "No One", Tyrion tries to goad Grey Worm into drinking wine, but he puts it down after one sip, remarking that it tastes like "it has turned".
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dany. So much so that he doesn't bat an eye when slaughtering innocents and surrendering soldiers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Tyrion on negotiating with the slavers, pointing out that they don't see him, Missandei, or Tyrion as people and even self-interest won't stop them from trying to reinstate slavery.
  • You No Take Candle: Missandei is teaching him the Common Tongue, though he has a ways to go.

    White Rat 

White Rat

Played By: Marcos James

A member of the Unsullied, slave soldiers trained by the Good Masters of Astapor. Like all Unsullied, his birth name was cast aside and he was given a new, dehumanizing name as part of the Good Masters' training to shed all sense of self-worth and individuality from their chattel.

Along with thousands of his 'brothers', White Rat was purchased and liberated by Daenerys Targaryen and chose to fight for her as a free man. Like many Unsullied he chose to keep his slave name after his liberation.

  • Adaptational Name Change: Called "Stalwart Shield" in the books.
  • Honey Trap: He falls victim to one, when a prostitute he sees regularly sells him out to the Sons of the Harpy.
  • Manchild: Due to being deprived of a childhood, he seeks childhood comforts such as being held and sung to.
  • Platonic Prostitution: Due to being an Unsullied and therefore a eunuch, White Rat visits a prostitute only to be held and gently sung to sleep.
  • Slashed Throat: By one of the Sons of the Harpy.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears for his death scene. Poor bastard.

The Second Sons

A sellsword company formerly under contract to Yunkai. They have since changed their allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen. Under the leadership of Daario Naharis, their current commander, they form a vital part of her campaign in Slaver's Bay. They currently serve as the City Watch to Meereen.

    In General 

    Daario Naharis 

Daario Naharis
"I am Daario Naharis. I always have a choice."
Click to see Daario as played by Ed Skrein. 

Played By: Ed Skrein (Season 3), Michiel Huisman (Season 4-6)

"I was the last to join your army. I'm not your general or a member of your Queensguard or the commander of your Unsullied. My mother was a whore. I come from nothing. And before long, I will return to nothing. Let me kill this man for you."

Once a lieutenant in the Second Sons mercenary company, Daario Naharis killed his captains when he refused to assassinate Daenerys. He then took command of the Second Sons, and defected to Daenerys. Now he serves as a commander in Daenerys' army and as an unofficial member of her Queensguard.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Instead of the dyed blue hair and golden tooth, TV Daario has more conventional good looks.
  • Adaptational Badass: it's easy to forget, but we don't actually see him do much fighting in the books. We see him bringing the heads of the other Stormcrow commanders, but that's it. Meanwhile in the show he is kicking all sorts of ass and is practically a One-Man Army.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the show Daario proves thoughtful and intelligent despite his poor upbringing and violent past, providing Dany with sound political advice several times. In the books, he's a simple brute who always advocates Attack! Attack! Attack!! or Murder Is the Best Solution because he's interested in little outside his chosen skill set of fighting and fucking.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Inverted. His hair and beard are dyed bright blue in the books, while his hair is a natural brown in the series.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He overall seems a lot friendlier and less off a sleaze than his book counterpart. Yes he is all for killing his queen's enemies, but he will also vouch for Jorah's return to court after he helps save Daenerys and shows respect to Tyrion's talents of governing.
  • Agent Peacock: In Season 3.From the books... 
  • All Men Are Perverts: He makes no secret of his lust to Daenerys when they meet. And he kills his two fellow leaders and pledges his entire army to Daenerys because he wants her for himself.
  • Anything That Moves: Implied, as long as the thing in question wants it.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the pragmatic kind. He vouches for some ruthless measures when it comes to dealing with Dany's enemies, but nonetheless seems devoted to her cause.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The only way you rise to the top of the Second Sons.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Jorah Mormont and Grey Worm. It is awesome.
  • Badass Beard: Since the recast, and a normal one, unlike the books.
  • Badass Boast: He gets asked if he wants to use a horse against Meereen's champion. He asks why on earth he would want or need one, and proves he can back his boast up.
  • Blood Knight: He believes that the gods gave two sources of pleasure to man: fucking a woman who wants to fuck him and killing a man who wants to kill him.
  • The Casanova: Obviously.
  • Cat Smile: The shape of his lips turns a garden-variety smug smile into this.
  • The Champion: During the Siege of Meereen
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He won't pay for sex or rape women, because he prefers making women want to fuck him instead.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ed Skrein's version was more than a little unhinged, complete with a truly bizarre but non-evil worldview. Michiel Huisman's portrayal is much more grounded, though still not completely rational (i.e. his ridiculous-but-sweet little contest for Daenerys' favor with Grey Worm).
  • Colonel Badass: To both the Second Sons and Daenerys' army in general since his Klingon Promotion.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His solution to a champion on horseback charging at him? Throw his knife at the horse's head, killing it instantly and then killing the champion.
  • Composite Character: He takes the Adapted Out Strong Belwas' role of fighting Meereen's champion Oznak zo Pahl. In Season 5, he has also taken up Belwas' role as a former pit fighter who wants the practice resumed. In Season 5, he also replaces the Adapted Out Shavepate as Dany's ruthless advisor, who, quite ironically, considers Dario himself to be a loose end and expendable in the books to the point of advocating leaving him for dead when he becomes a hostage.
  • Cool Sword: The hilts of his arakh and dagger are shaped like naked women.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: At the end of "Breaker of Chains", he disposes of Meereen's champion quickly and with little effort.
  • Ethical Slut: He's got more principles (that he actually sticks to) than most characters on the show, and is definitely a slut.
  • The Hedonist: He loves sex and fighting.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Formerly a mercenary and member of the Second Sons, he kills Mero and Prendahl and joins Dany.
  • Hidden Depths: When delivering Daenerys the heads of her enemies and other shows of valor fail to impress his Queen, Daario decides to take her more seriously, making a surprisingly astute statesman for a wandering merc. He counsels Dany to adapt to the customs and society of the slaves she is freeing if she hopes to effectively lead them. By using the metaphor of three different flowering plants, he not only successfully continues his long game courtship but also imparts genuinely useful advice to Dany considering the social issues she will likely face in Season 4 and onwards.
  • Hired Guns: As a mercenary captain, along with the Second Sons as a whole, though it's implied he serves Daenerys for free (presumably he still pays his men, or else they wouldn't stick around).
  • Honor Before Reason: An odd example. He did not approve of Mero and Prendahl's plan to kill Daenerys, mainly on account of her beauty, and when they tried to kill him for refusing to carry out the assassination, he killed them. Still, Daario doesn't have what you'd typically call a sense of honor, it's more that he really doesn't like being told to do things he doesn't want to do.
  • Hunk: The Michiel Huisman version, at least in comparison to Ed Skrein's Pretty Boy interpretation.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the series until Season 3.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In "Breaker of Chains", he throws a knife at a charging horse and hits it in the eye from about twenty feet, killing it instantly and tossing the rider into decapitation range.
  • Irony: He spends a lot of time mocking Jorah for being the extra leg in their love triangle with Daenerys. Ultimately, though, when Jorah leaves Daenerys to go find a cure for his disease, she tearfully insists that he return to her once he does, as she needs him by her side; on the other hand, she later breaks up with Daario and leaves him behind to govern Meereen in her absence, and doesn't really even feel bad about it.
    • And in the end, Daenerys doesn't end up either one. Instead, she falls for the honorable King of the North Jon Snow.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His taunts can be nasty but he does treat people respectfully when the situation is serious as shown when he sees Jorah is affected with greyscale, he drops the taunt about him being old and is visibly worried.
  • Klingon Promotion: By killing Mero and Prendahl, he takes over the Second Sons.
  • Kick the Dog: Despite his charm, wit, and seeming heroism, he has no problem in delivering some truly nasty taunts towards others.
    • He mocks Grey Worm for being a eunuch (and thus unable to act on his crush on Missandei). Eventually, his teasing becomes more good-natured.
    • It's more understandable, due to the obvious Love Triangle, but he is keen on expressing and remarking to Jorah how Daenerys has chosen him over the older man. It's particulalry nasty, because, in Jorah's case, it's All Love Is Unrequited.
      • After he had sex with Daenerys in "Mockingbird", he bumps into Jorah half-dressed, patting him on his back and telling him he will find her in a good mood.
      • He makes Jorah say aloud that he's in love with Daenereys in "The Red Woman".
        Daario: There’s no escaping her, eh? You keep coming back. Why?
        Jorah: You know why.
        Daario: Isn’t it frustrating — wanting someone who doesn’t want you back?
        Jorah: Of course it is.
      • He makes fun of Jorah for being too old to "ride the dragon" in "The Book of Stranger."
  • The Lancer: To Daenerys' The Heroine.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, he kills both Mero and Prendahl, captains of one of the more dangerous and organized mercenary bands in Essos, even though they draw first. In "The Rains of Castamere" he seems to kill more Yunkish soldiers than Grey Worm and Jorah combined! And then, in "Breaker of Chains", he becomes Daenerys' champion against Meereen's champion (allegedly on the ground that, of all the volunteers, he's the most expendable, but it's clearly part of his and Daenerys' extended Ship Tease). The Meereenese champion is mounted, and charges him with lance. Daario responds by throwing his knife into the horse's head, killing it instantly. Then he kills the dismounted rider with one stroke.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Once Micheil Huisman takes over the role staring Season 4.
  • Love at First Sight: Currently played with.
  • Lovable Rogue: A mercenary with wit, charm and a very badass demeanour.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The reason he remains this way is because he's not a rapist and has some values.
  • More Expendable Than You: He's sent to fight Meereen's champion despite being the fourth to volunteer, after Dany declared Grey Worm, Barristan Selmy, and Jorah Mormont too important to risk.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gets a few nude scenes with Daenerys, not that it really stands out on this show.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: He simply steps out of range of Meereen's archers.
  • The Pornomancer: Implied. Proven absolutely when he becomes the first man to share Dany's bed after her departed husband.
  • Pretty Boy: Only when played by Ed Skrein. Michael Huisman is a bit rougher around the edges and manly.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 5.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Dany sends him to recapture Yunkai and he isn't seen for the rest of Season 4, in a bit of Real Life Writes the Plot thanks to Huisman's role on Orphan Black. He's back for Season 5, however.
    • He's then the only one not on the bus as he's left behind to keep an eye on Meereen as Dany sails to Westeros, likely never to be seen again.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Daario has a hard time respecting people who rape or pay for sex; he thinks that sex is only meaningful and/or enjoyable when both parties want it, which might explain why it was so easy for him to kill Mero and Prendahl, neither of whom have any such compunctions.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Daenerys in Season 4. She breaks up with him in the Season 6 finale, however.
  • Retool: Due to The Other Darrin; Whereas Ed Skrein portrayed Daario as a swaggering and entertainingly bonkers Agent Peacock meant to invoke All Girls Want Bad Boys from Daenerys, Michiel Huisman's performance is much more subdued and relaxed, giving Daario a Warrior Poet/Ronin vibe.
  • Self-Made Man: A literal Son of a Whore, he's risen high, and he knows it; the son of a drunk whore who sold him to get more wine, he then rose to nationwide fame as a pit fighter before joining the Second Sons and becoming the right hand man to the Mother of Dragons. He also believes he'll return to nothing, and seems pretty okay with it.
  • Ship Tease: Since the end of Season 3 with Daenerys. They get a Relationship Upgrade in Season 4.
    • Ship Sinking: However, Daenerys dumps him in Season 6 and leaves him behind to govern Meereen in her absence, since she needs to prepare for the possibility of marriage to forge an alliance, and having a lover with her with complicate such a matter.
  • Smug Smiler: Manages to be a Cat Smile due to the shape of his lips. This is gone now that Michiel Huisman plays him.
  • Son of a Whore: In "Breaker of Chains", he admits this about himself without shame.
  • The Starscream: To Mero and Prendahl. Though, as he points out, it's not betrayal if they tried to kill you first.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He already had the tall and handsome parts down from the beginning, then Michiel Huisman brought his dark hair to the character.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's certainly mellowed out and acts relatively less hedonistic since being recast. The arrogant bad boy characterization has been toned down considerably.
  • Warrior Poet: Some of the things he says give off this vibe, such as "I fight for beauty." and "The gods gave men two gifts to entertain ourselves before we die. The thrill of fucking a woman who wants to be fucked, and the thrill of killing a man who wants to kill you." Michiel Huisman's performance gives off this vibe more than the swaggering bad boy interpretation of Ed Skrein.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ever since the end of Season 6, nothing's been heard of him and status of Slaver's Bay. It's unknown whether he heard of Daenerys' death or his reaction to it when the show ended.
  • Wild Card: Exemplified in this conversation:
    Daenerys: You're a strange man.
    Daario: I'm the simplest man you'll ever meet. I only do what I want to do.

Daenerys's Khalasar


"Your people can't fight."

Played By: Staz Nair

One of Khal Moro's men, who ascended to become one of Daenerys' generals.

  • Ascended Extra: Used to be a nameless Dothraki ko from Moro's khalassar before he got upgraded to one of Daenerys' generals.
  • Battle Thralls: While they fight for a more righteous cause, they're still pillaging barbarians (even if being kept in check by Daenerys), and Cersei is able to easily spin the Dothraki troops as "brutal foreign savages".
  • Blood Knight: Seems somewhat disappointed with the performance of Lannister soldiers, clearly expecting more of a fight.
  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Qhono seems to act as Daenerys's bodyguard. Qhono and a few of his men always loom in Daenerys's throne room, watching. When Jon Snow takes one step forward, Qhono gets in a defensive position.
  • Canon Foreigner: He has no book counterpart and was created solely for the show.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In a sense. Daenerys wipes out all the Khals in a raging inferno and then walks off, unscathed. This is awe-inspiring enough that Qhono (and many others) kneel and pledge fealty to her. Qhono, for his part, is shown to be very loyal.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He used to be one of Khal Moro's bloodriders before Daenerys killed him. He is now one of her Khalasar's leaders alongside her other generals.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Is Killed Offscreen during the Dothraki charge against the Army of the Dead and is only seen briefly as a wight afterward. Storyboards for his unfilmed death scene reveal that a wight giant killed him and his horse with its club.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was (and in many ways, still is) a brutal rampaging warrior who wanted to rape and pillage everything in his sight, but now he's steadfastly loyal to Daenerys, who keeps his impulses in check.
  • Hypocrite: Tells Tyrion that his people (the Lannisters) are weak... Except you know, they are fighting against a Dothraki horde and a dragon. Not a fair strategy.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Went from one of Khal Moro's mooks to one of Daenerys's followers.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Qhono effectively becomes a heroic version of the trope, being the apparent leader of the Dothraki sworn to Daenerys.
  • Redemption Promotion: Kneeling and accepting Daenerys caused him to go from a lowly bloodrider to one of the main generals in Daenerys's army.
  • Smug Snake: Sneers at Tyrion's face about Lannister's men weakness.
  • The Stoic: He is very economic on facial expressions.



Played By: Amrita Acharia

"She is not a princess! She is a Khaleesi!"

One of Daenerys' handmaidens. She is given to her to teach Daenerys the Dothraki tongue.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: To anyone but Dany, but especially to Rakharo. She mellows in Season 2.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rakharo. They snipe at each other, but their argumentative relationship hides genuine feelings for each other. Turns into Love Hurts when he is killed in Season 2.
  • Catchphrase: It is known.
  • Composite Character: In the books, she is one half of a Those Two Gals combo with fellow handmaiden Jhiqui; on the show, Jhiqui seems largely an extra, while Irri has gained a lot more personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Largely in her interactions with Rakharo.
  • Death by Adaptation: She's still alive in the books, but was offed via Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • Fish out of Water: At least in Qarth.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Rakharo's horse returns, with his head stuffed inside a bag. She breaks down because, since his body hasn't been burned, he won't be able to cross over to the 'Night Lands', the afterlife in Dothraki belief.
  • Hyper-Awareness: She realizes Daenerys is pregnant before she is showing.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Doreah says that Daenerys will look like a Princess in the dress that Xaro Xhoan Daxos has given her, Irri corrects her. Daenerys is a Khaleesi (Queen), not a Princess.
  • Ironic Echo: In the deleted scene where she's murdered, Doreah taunts her with her own catchphrase as she crushes her windpipe, after casually commenting on the strange dichotomy of pain and pleasure that people experience whilst being strangled. "It is known!"
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Like Rakharo, she seems often less than thrilled with Daenerys' decisions, but still remains faithfully at her side.
  • Passive Aggressive Combat: With Doreah, who she competes with for attention from Dany.
  • Servile Snarker: She's wonderfully snarky, although mostly in her native tongue.
  • Skyward Scream: After Rakharo's death, though not in the typical bird's eye view manner.
  • Slashed Throat: How she was killed by Doreah.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Irri meets a rather sudden and sad death. It's an unfortunate case of Real Life Writes the Plot; the actress' visa had run out.


"I always wanted to see a dragon. There is nothing in the world I wish more."

Played By: Roxanne McKee

Another of Daenerys' handmaidens, a former Sex Slave from Lys that teaches her the ways of love.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Described as blonde and blue-eyed in the books.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, she's loyal to Dany to the extent where Dany stops her Khalasar in the Red Wastes so she can die in peace. In the series, she willingly betrays Dany to Xaro and, in a deleted scene, even murders Irri. In her commentary on the Season 2 finale, Emilia Clarke states that there was another deleted scene where she explained her reasons for betraying Dany, clearly speaking directly to the people who were upset about this change, which appears to happen for little motivation in the final product. Unfortunately, she doesn't go into detail on what those reasons were.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She's crying and begging Daenerys when she's about to be locked up.
  • Almost Kiss: While teaching Dany the 'art of seduction', Dany leans in to kiss her before having a mild freak-out and halting.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Like the other handmaidens, this is her default outfit.
  • Bi the Way: She sleeps with Viserys and eventually becomes Xaro's mistress, but showed a definite attraction to Dany and implies she's slept with women before.
  • Composite Character: In a way, with Shae from the books. While the Shae from the series is the book character in name only, Doreah plays the character's book role of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing playing the part of a Hooker with a Heart of Gold, who eventually betrays a POV character when a better opportunity comes along. She's also killed because of this betrayal.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She turns on Dany to side with Xaro Xhoan Daxos... and pays dearly for it.
  • Geeky Turnon: Doreah really, really wants to see a dragon. She gets her wish, and is delighted.
  • Happiness in Slavery: This is the image she presents, at least. She seems quite happy to be Dany's handmaiden and Viserys' bedwarmer, although considering her later betrayal it's possible she had some hidden grievances.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Initially she appeared to be this; she was friendly with Dany and even taught her the art of seduction that would win over Khal Drogo. However, she eventually revealed her true colours as an opportunist.
  • Karmic Death: She betrayed her people for Xaro. She's locked into a room with him for both of them to slowly starve to death.
  • Made a Slave: Sold to a brothel at age nine.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She wears very skimpy outfits, very sultry and got at least two or three nude scenes.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has dark brown hair and is surprisingly fair-skinned despite the hot weather in Essos.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Her final fate.
  • Sex Slave: She was raised in a 'pleasure house' in Lys.
  • Sexy Mentor: She's the one who teaches Dany the "ways of love".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Subverted. In the books, she dies in the Red Waste, which doesn't happen to her in the show. However, Season 2 ends with her trapped in Xaro's vault with no prospect of escape.


"It is a house of ghosts, Khaleesi. It is known."

Played By: Steven Cole

Another of Daenerys' three bloodriders. He guides the khalasar to Qarth, and later accompanies Dany and Jorah to the House of the Undying.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kovarro has almost completely disappeared despite being one of Dany's closest protectors.
  • Composite Character: Might be a combination of the Jhogo and Rakharo traits that were not used in Rakharo.
  • Demoted to Extra: To the point he hasn't been seen in Season 3 or 4.
  • Famed In-Story: Invoked. He returns to Daenerys' khalasar saying that Qarth is ready to welcome "the Mother of Dragons," the first time that the title had been used in the show. When they get to the gates, the Thirteen show the greatest interest in Daenerys because of her dragons, not because of her bloodline. Kovarro is, in effect, a very skilled PR agent.
  • Fish out of Water: In Qarth, much like the other Dothraki.
  • Praetorian Guard: As bloodrider.
  • Sticky Fingers: Even after Daenerys commands him not to steal anything from their host, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, he takes a golden wine chalice, dumps the wine and takes the chalice.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Rakharo. Kovarro only really steps up after Rakharo's death.



Played By: Elyes Gabel

"I will not fail you, blood of my blood."

A member of Dany's personal guard (kas).

  • Alas, Poor Yorick: Dany, Jorah and especially Irri expressed their grief over his decapitated head.
  • Armor Is Useless: He believes a Dothraki would defeat an armored knight in a duel because of speed and freedom of movement. Ser Jorah's duel with Qotho convinces him otherwise.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Irri. They snipe at each other, but their argumentative relationship hides genuine feelings for each other. Turns into Love Hurts when Ehakaro is killed in Season 2.
  • Composite Character: He seems to be two of Dany's Dothraki bodyguards (Jhogo, the whip, and Rakharo, the arakh) combined into one man. The character was originally going to be called Jhogo, but executives thought it sounded too similar to Drogo and changed it to Rakharo to avoid confusion.
  • Death by Adaptation: Possibly forced by the actor, as he was scheduled to play a role in the film version of ''World War Z'.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Barely avoided in "The Night Lands" — he is decapitated, but his head is left covered by those who find it.
  • Killed Offscreen: Only his decapitated head returned with his horse to Daenerys' camp after patrol.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He is visibly hesitant about the decisions Dany makes, especially when she goes against Dothraki culture, but remains loyal nonetheless.
  • Nice Guy: The first well-meaning Dothraki shown in the series. Friendly and personable by any standard, but especially when compared to the other Dothraki warriors.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ser Jorah.
  • Off with His Head!: How he died.
  • Praetorian Guard: As bloodrider.
  • Properly Paranoid: Of the blood magic that was used on Khal Drago.
  • Tempting Fate: Before he leaves looking for cities beyond the Red Waste.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Drogo, and by extension, his wife Daenerys.
  • Whip It Good: In addition to the arakh, he's also good with a whip.



Played By: N/A

The third of Daenerys' bloodriders.



Played By: Robert "Bebe" Boroje

An old Dothraki warrior in the khalasar of Daenerys Targaryen.



Played By: Sarita Piotrowski

The third of Daenerys' handmaidens.


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