Filming for Game of Thrones Season 8 started one month ago, when the cast members arrived in Belfast for two days of table reads. Since then, the stars of the show have been in and out of Northern Ireland, there on days they need to shoot, and heading out to London and other locales when they're not needed. But there's one supposedly ex-cast member who showed up in Belfast this past week that shocked fans across the spectrum: Jason Momoa, aka Khal Drogo. Will Khal Drogo be in Game of Thrones Season 8? Or Is Momoa just pulling our leg?
"GoT Star Spotting" is a regular Belfast pastime this time of year, and photos of cast members have been making the rounds on Twitter and Instagram as fans delight in seeing their favorite characters out of costumes and hanging out in pubs after work. The actors themselves, though, don't post pictures. Whether it's because they're afraid of sharing spoilers or accidentally revealing something they shouldn't, it's a rare cast member will post pictures from behind the scenes.
Except for Emilia Clarke, who has graced us with photos of having her hair dyed Targaryen Silver, for instance. But it's her latest photo that got fans' attention.
The caption reads:
So what is Momoa doing in belfast? Hanging out with Emilia? Are they... filming?
Don't get your hopes up. Northern Ireland is *very* friendly to big budget productions. Many movies film there, including the new Star Wars trilogy and some of Warner Brother's DC Extended Universe films, in which Momoa just so happens to star as Aquaman.
In fact, Momoa was in Belfast last year filming Aquaman scenes, and made a big point to go out drinking with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss and Instagram things that hinted he might be back on the show.
And then he wasn't.
So despite what you see, this might not be what you think.
But then he also posted this:
Yes, Khal Drogo brought together Wonder Woman and the Mother of Dragons. You may squeal.
When you're done squealing, realize this: If Gal Godot is in Belfast, that means almost certainly Momoa is not there for Game of Thrones. He's there for the DC Extended Universe.
He all but admits as much here:
Note the "Good luck with filming" and "Super honored to once [have been] apart of this show." Spoken like a man who's just seeing friends, not actually filming with them.
Hivju isn't the only one Momoa is hanging out with though.
Even so, I doubt we'll be seeing him in the final six episodes. But who knows?
Game of Thrones Season 8 will arrive at some point in the distant future, 2019 maybe, on HBO.