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GAME OF THRONES’ Joseph Naufahu on Being the New Khal in Town

Since the end of Game of Thrones season one, there has been a massive, Jason Momoa-shaped hole in our hearts. Ever since the hulking leader of the Dothraki horde shuffled off this mortal coil, we have not encountered anyone quite like him. Sure, Daenerys Targaryen came into her own as the Mother of Dragons and the Khaleesi, but apart from a few Dothraki here and there, as well as her Bloodriders, we haven’t really encountered another Khal…until now. On Sunday night’s season 6 premiere, Joseph Naufahu made his unforgettable debut as Khal Moro, the leader of the Dothraki khalasar that captured Daenerys at the end of season 5. While he is a musclebound behemoth of a man, this Khal isn’t all grunting and murder; rather, he seems to possess a sense of humor as well as an insatiable bloodlust. With Daenerys under his “protection” as they transport the widowed Khaleesi to Vaes Dothrak, it is all but guaranteed that we’ll be seeing an awful lot of Khal Moro this season.

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Fortunately, actor Joseph Naufahu does not share his on-screen counterpart’s qualms about boarding ships and crossing the Narrow Sea. While in Los Angeles, Naufahu came by our studio to chat about his character, his first day on set, the sticky prank Emilia Clarke played on him, and much more — including a tidbit about working on the upcoming Scarlett Johansson-starring Ghost in the Shell adaptation.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9PM E.T. on HBO.

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Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@Osteoferocious) and ask him about Jon Snow.

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