Emilia Clarke may be “Game of Thrones” Queen of Dragons, but she’s not the show’s leader when it comes to fake languages. According creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the actress who plays Daenerys is pretty good when it comes to using her High Valyrian tongue.
But you know who is the best at speaking the made-up language? Jacob Anderson, the actor who plays Grey Worm.
“Emilia is very good, cause she has to do reams of it,” Weiss said alongside Benioff, when the two appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night. “But according to David Peterson [the man who created the languages Dothraki, High Valyrian and Low Valyrian for the show] — the only person who knows is David Peterson, cause to everyone else it’s gibberish — so David says that Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm who is also an amazingly talented recording artist under the name of Raleigh Ritchie but moonlights with us as Grey Worm, David says that Jacob is like a native speaker of Valyrian,” Weiss divulged.
“It’s a real language that only David understands and David says that Jacob speaks it better than anyone,” he added.
And Anderson put that Valyrian to good use while filming the Battle of Winterfell, as Weiss says at some point during the 55 nights of shooting “The Long Night” episode, the director asked him to yell out something to his “troops” in the fake language.
“Jacob was so tired and so delirious and so out of it that all he could think to yell was, ‘Mike Pence! Mike Pence! Mike Pence!'” Weiss said. Though, unfortunately, it was later dubbed over.
Watch the interview above.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.