Game of Thrones season 6: Joe Naufahu cast in recurring role

The Spartacus actor is rumoured to play a Dothraki

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With characters getting knocked off every other episode, it’s no surprise that every other week there seems to be a new casting announcement for HBO’s Game of Thrones

Richard E. Grant apparently joined season 6’s cast earlier this year, as did Ian McShane. Now, according to Deadline, Spartacus actor Joe Naufahu has also signed on for a ‘recurring’ role in the show.

Naufahu is best known for his role in Spartacus: War of the Damned, where he played the Liscus in a number of episodes.

Since the casting the rumour-mill has been running non-stop with speculation, many believing he will play a Dothraki due to his previous roles as muscular bruiser. 

Screen Rant have pulled out these two old casting callouts which could fit Naufahu well:

Qhogo and Akrat: They’re seeking mixed ethnicity or other non-white actors for the roles. The successful young warriors need to be tall, confident, with swagger and linguistic bravado. It’s noted that the actors will have to speak in a fictional language. I think it’s safe to say that these are Dothraki.

Fierce Warrior: A tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

At the end of last season, Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen was captured by a Dothraki horde, and it is expected both Qhogo and Akrat are part of this. In the book there is also a leader of the group, Khal Jhaqo, yet no casting has been made for his role. 

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is expected to return to HBO and Sky Atlantic next sprinng.