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‘Obviously I’m very close to the dragon side’: Jason Momoa is ‘Dying To See’ House of the Dragon While His Game of Thrones Co-Star Emilia Clarke Abandons Franchise

When it comes to the DCEU mega-star Jason Momoa, the notable Hollywood actor is booked and busy for the coming year, following his major involvement in projects such as Fast X and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. To say, though, that the actor has forgotten his roots would be a lie. In a recent interview, the Game of Thrones alum expressed his unfaltering enthusiasm and excitement about the latest HBO Max endeavor, House of the Dragon. Momoa was, albeit fleetingly, seen in the acclaimed franchise in the role of Khal Drogo.

Khal Drogo
Khal Drogo

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While Jason Momoa’s appearance was momentary in the giant and broad narrative of Game of Thrones, many remember his character in association with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. The two actors developed a close friendship off-screen, with Clarke speaking in high regard for her co-star. Unfortunately for many fans, the actress has long left the franchise behind her, as she previously expressed no interest in reprising her role in future spin-offs.

Jason Momoa Talks About House Of The Dragon

House of the Dragon, HBO Max
House of the Dragon, HBO Max

On the Season 3 premiere of See, an Apple TV+ show, Jason Momoa expressed his love for the latest Game of Thrones prequel, headed by showrunners Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik and created by Condal and George R. R. Martin. While the first episode of the HBO Max series, which has been marketed as the biggest release of this year, is already making numerous headlines for its graphic, sexual, violent, and gory themes – the Game of Thrones trademark, the actor, who was seen in the first season of the original show, enunciated his anticipation for the prequel and how he is closer to the “dragon side.”

Following is what was stated by Jason Momoa:

“I’m dying to see it [House of the Dragon], Of course, I want to watch it. I just haven’t yet, but yeah, I’m… they were shooting it at the same time we were doing Aquaman, and uh, we were just like right across from each other, so I’m very excited. I love the franchise.”

To top it off, the actor, alluding to the Game of Thrones Season 1 premise he was an integral part of, said, “Obviously, I’m very close to the dragon side, so…” From such claims, it can be substantiated that the actor heavily enjoyed being a part of the franchise, and is clearly excited for what the future brings.

Jason Momoa

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Emilia Clarke’s Adieu To The Franchise

When it comes to Jason Momoa’s co-star, Emilia Clarke, who is notable for her iconic and breakthrough portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, many people have been under the assumption that the uber-talented actress abandoned the franchise. It is distinctly clear that Clarke will not be reprising her role in future spin-offs, including House of the Dragon, as stated earlier by the actress herself through multiple interviews.

When talking to BBC earlier this year, the actress was asked about a potential return to the franchise, to which, Clarke simply said, “No, I think I’m done.”

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

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When it comes to her discontentment regarding the Game of Thrones ending, Emilia Clarke showed no hesitation to voice out her annoyance — especially toward Jon Snow, who, according to the actress, “got away with murder—literally.” The actress deeply resonated with what people felt about the conclusion to the original series in an interview with The Sunday Times. While much of the audience has tried to move on and redirect their attention to the latest prequel, it will soon be revealed whether or not House of the Dragon lives up to the franchise’s legacy.

Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke

The pilot episode of House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max with the second episode slated to premiere on August 28, 2022. As for Jason Momoa, the actor will be seen in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, releasing on 17 March 2023.

Source: E! News

Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.