Watch: Jason Momoa’s War Dance Audition for ‘Game of Thrones’

“On Game of Thrones, [Drogo] doesn’t say much. So how do you convey him? There’s nothing in the script.” – Jason Momoa

Though Jason Momoa only appeared in the first two seasons of Game of Thrones, his character, Drogo, was one of the characters who made the show must-see television in its early seasons. Famously, Momoa performed a Maori war dance in his audition in order to convey the intensity of his character.

Momoa told the New York Times, “On Game of Thrones, [Drogo] doesn’t say much. So how do you convey him? There’s nothing in the script. So I said: ‘I have this idea. Is it O.K. to do [a dance] before the audition?’ And they were like, ‘Oh, sure.’ Then I did the Haka. It was challenging to do the audition afterward — I couldn’t stop my heart from beating. The first time I did it, they were very scared. But then they wanted me to come back in so they could put it on tape.”

You can watch Momoa’s audition in the clip above.

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