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We’re in the midst of another Game of Thrones hiatus—one that could last up to a year—but aside from the occasional casting call leak and Maisie Williams’s infectious excitement over season 7, it’s been pretty uneventful. We no longer have #KitHaringtonHairWatch to obsess over, but a new conspiracy is emerging with one actor’s surprise visit to the city Game of Thrones calls home.
A few days ago Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones’s Khal Drogo and professional Daenerys Targaryen fanboy, stopped by a pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to grab a pint with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The three stayed friends with after Momoa's time on the show.Momoa also posted, then later deleted a second photo captioned, “I AM HOME... so happy to be back. ALOHA DROGO.”Daenerys’s late husband wasn’t long for the world; Drogo didn’t even make it to the end of season 1. But fans wondered if his appearance in Belfast, like Harington’s constant visits last year, meant that maybe we would catch another glimpse of Drogo in season 7. What is dead may never die and all that, and when resurrection, visions, dreams, and flashbacks—some of which Daenerys has witnessed and experienced—are on the table for the characters who inhabit Westeros and Essos, anything is possible.
After all, it happened before. We saw Drogo again in Daenerys’s vision at the House of the Undying during the season 2 finale, “Valar Morghulis.” She encountered Drogo and their son Rhaego, who was stillborn, but she soon left them in their tent to continue her journey. It was a bittersweet homecoming, especially for fans who hadn’t expected to see Drogo again.At the time, Game of Thrones managed to surprise nearly everyone with Momoa’s cameo, but Game of Thrones is a much bigger pop-culture phenomenon now than it was four or five years ago, and it’d be pretty much impossible for the show to keep a Momoa cameo a secret.
On one hand, Momoa could very well show up again. He’s in Belfast at the same time as the Game of Thrones showrunners, though production was pushed back this year so the show could shoot in more suitable weather. After all, Winter is Here. Maybe, as Film School Rejects suggested, he could be there for a costume fitting. Season 7 will be pretty much completely off-book at this point, so it's entirely possible that Daenerys could have a dream or vision with Drogo in it.
But what might be more likely is that Momoa, who was recently filming Justice League, just happened to be on vacation in Belfast and Dublin. His Instagram feed show him enjoying a VIP tour the Guinness Brewery, where he got to brew his own personal batch of beer.
If he’s not already signed up for a sponsorship by Guinness, the beer company should really hop on that, because Momoa’s enthusiasm is palpable.If he does end up sneaking into season 7, we might have the Guinness to thank for it.