Not Even ‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Can Spell Daenerys Targaryen’s Name

We’re not gonna lie. Some Game of Thrones names are easier to spell than others. Arya and Jon Snow are pretty simple. Daenerys Targaryen, on the other hand, is rather tricky. Like, so tricky we usually have to triple check it’s spelled right. Well, it turns out that the GoT cast feels the same way.

In advance of the popular HBO show’s return this Sunday, the Los Angeles Times gathered the cast to ask the hard-hitting question, how the hell do you spell Daenerys Targaryen?

Spoiler alert: Between Game of Thrones stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Lord Varys), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry), there was only one dude who even got close.

Now, we would expect that if anyone were to get it right, it would be Glen, whose character plays Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) ever-faithful servant Ser Jorah. On top of that, Ser Jorah is totally in love with Dany, so one would assume he knows how to spell her name. Nope. Glen was way off.

A few of the guys got a bit further than him, but Anderson was the only cast member who spelled her first name correctly. He was millimeters away from getting her last name right, but added an extra “a” in there.

Sure, it’s a rough name to spell off the top of your head, but we thought the GoT stars might rise to the occasion. They do read scripts with her name spelled out right there on the page, after all.

Only one (wo)man can sit on the Iron Throne, but apparently zero can win the Daenerys Targaryen spelling bee.

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