With the premiere of Game of Thrones: The Last Watch on May 26, both creators and fans have begun to truly say goodbye to the series--and to look back on memories from the very beginning. Actor Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in Season 1 of Game of Thrones, and who has since achieved success as the DCEU's Aquaman, did some reminiscing of his own, sharing a memory from the time of the filming when he was “broke.”
According to People, Momoa, 39, shared an Instagram photo of himself wrapped in a blanket and lying on inflatable mattresses in the back of a van--which, he revealed, was during a trip around Ireland during a break in filming.
“We were to[o] broke to fly home so we rented a panel van[,] aka UHAUL[,] in Belfast and drove around beautiful amazing IRELAND [sic] searching for the greatest pint of Guinness,” Momoa wrote in the caption. “Turns out it’s perfect everywhere."
Momoa was travelling with (and credited the photo to) his best friend, Brian Andrew Mendoza, who runs the production company Pride of Gypsies alongside Momoa, according to People. This particular photo, according to the caption, was taken in “some quiet parking lot” in Donegal, Ireland, an area near the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where Game of Thrones was filmed.
At the conclusion of the post, Momoa added, “It was the simplest moments I remember the most. I still miss my family. Been a long road and I feel like I’m just getting started.”
Although Momoa hadn't appeared on Game of Thrones for some time, he’s one of its most prolific supporters, voicing words of encouragement for the cast and creators as it came to a close--especially Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, with whom Momoa is especially close. Just last week, the actor shared his heartfelt feelings on Clarke’s final scene on her Instagram.
For our part, we’re happy to see such a blast from the past in this photo. It’s good to know Momoa is still in touch with the humble, freewheeling side of himself from before his meteoric success as Khal Drogo and Aquaman.