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The Sound of ‘GoT’s Dragons Is Actually Tortoises…Having Sex

Remember those stunning dragon eggs that hatched on Game of Thrones, revealing three adorable fire-breathing dragon babies who eventually transformed into massive beasts?  Aside from their enormous size, ability to dominate the skies, and ability to set anything or anyone ablaze, one feature that made them oh-so-terrifying was their ferocious vocals.


Apparently fierceness isn’t always true to size, because those terrifying sounds actually come from a few very small animals including tortoises. Tortoises who happen to be having sex.


Yeah, didn’t see that one coming did you?



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GoT’s sound designer, Paula Fairfield, revealed the interesting origins of the dragon’s vocals in a podcast with WNYC’s radio show Radio Lab. According to Fairfield, the vocals of two of the dragons were created from composing screeching birds, insects, and reptiles. When it comes to Drogon, however, the dragon perhaps the most nearest and dearest to Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, his voice is a wee bit different. 


Drogon’s vocals reflect his unique role to the Mother of Dragons who named him after her late husband, Khal Drogo. If you remember the hunky Dothraki whose dominant physique among other things made us all swoon in the beginning of the series, you’ll remember that he was quite…passionate. 


Drogon quite literally vocalizes this passionate trait, Fairfield revealed.


“I have sounds I might choose simply by certain personality traits that I might want to push forward,” she said. “She named that dragon after Khal Drogo, her hot late husband, so Drogon is like her lover. He’s whistling at her all the time, he’s whistling at her butt and saying, ‘Ooh baby.'” 



“Ooh baby,” Drogon roared. | Image Via HBO


“The groan of the male actually became, with some work and adjustments and stuff, the basis of Drogon’s purr with [Daenerys],” Fairfield said. “The funny thing about the purr with Drogon was watching people watching [the show] and giggling when they heard it, but not really knowing why. To me, it’s because it had that essence, that kind of sensual, sexual essence.”



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According to Fairfield, while the representation of sex and love can seem quite odd being represented through a dangerous animal, it mirrors intimate human relationships.


“They’re very powerful, they can be very scary, they can be very destructive,” she said. “But what’s kind of magical in Game of Thrones is that the intimate scenes also melt your heart and bring you closer to these characters that should be burning your face off.”


I’m a bit ashamed to say that, after being a faithful viewer for the entire seven seasons of the series, I never once guessed that Drogon’s voice reflected the mating sounds of tortoise. I’m going to go out on a limb though and say I’m not alone.


We will all be able to hear the sexy sounds emit from Drogon once more when Game of Thrones returns in 2019. Until then, check out the video below if you need a recap of the interesting vocals of Drogon. 



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