The HBO blockbuster series Game of Thrones consisted of 8 seasons. And Jason Momoa only appeared in 10 episodes as the chieftain Khal Drogo. But it still left a huge impact on the fans and they still love him. Khal Drogo character was not exactly a hero-like. However, people loved him and they mourned his death in the TV show. Even after a decade, Jason is still questioned about his character arc and the violence shown in pilot episode. And he does not like these questions at all.
Jason Momoa wants reporters to give up “rape” questions
In the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, the consensual love scene of the wedding night of Daenerys and Khal Drogo was turned into a rape scene by show-runners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss. Even the author George R.R Martin was not happy about it.
Why did the wedding scene change from the consensual seduction scene to the brutal rape of Emilia Clarke? We never discussed it. It made it worse, not better.
The show-runners did not consult him. However, they confirmed at the time that they could not do it the way it happened in books. Mostly because they did not have enough time to show the full arc development. Anyways, after a decade of the pilot episode premiere, Jason Momoa answered a disturbing question in an interview to NY Times. The question was about treatment of women in the famous TV series. The reporter also asked Jason Momoa if he would do those scenes again now and what does he think about those scene after 10 years. He responded:
it was important to depict Drogo and his style. You’re playing someone that’s like Genghis Khan.
Jason Momoa said that he had to do what he was asked to do for his character. He was going with the script and it was a very hard thing for him to do at that time. But it was not a nice thing.
It’s not my job to go, “Would I not do it?” I’ve never really been questioned about “Do you regret playing a role?” We’ll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again.
The question left a sick feeling in his stomach
Jason Momoa has come a long way after Game of Thrones. Many GoT fans wanted him resurrected from the dead but it did not happen. However, the role played an important part in his future projects. Currently, Jason is working on multiple projects that will be released this year. He talked about his coming projects in the same interview to NY Times. However, towards the end, Jason came back to the GoT question.
I wanted to bring something up that left a bad feeling in my stomach. When you brought up “Game of Thrones,” you brought up stuff about what’s happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that.
Jason said that it “feels icky” as if he could remove the thing. As actors, they do not have a choice. They can not change the script or story-line.
There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don’t get to come in and be like, “I’m not going do that because this isn’t kosher right now and not right in the political climate.”
Jason Momoa’s coming projects
Jason’s upcoming Netflix movie “sweet Girl” will be released on August 20, 2021. While, the most-awaited Dune releases later this year on October 22, 2021. See season 2 is also releasing on Apple TV+ this month on August 27, 2021. Meanwhile, Jason is filming for Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom.