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Kovarro as portrayed by Steven Cole
Bloodrider of Daenerys Targaryen
|Played by||Steven Cole|
|TV series||Season 2|
Kovarro is a Dothraki bloodrider of Daenerys Targaryen. The character was created specifically for the television adaptation Game of Thrones and is played by Steven Cole. He replaces Jhogo as the third bloodrider, apparently being renamed to avoid confusion with Jhaqo, one of Drogo's kos. Though Kovarro corresponds to the book-version of Rakharo, as their descriptions from the books have basically being switched to the TV series. The name "Kovarro" was created by the writers of the series, based on the guide to making new Dothraki names that language consultant David J. Peterson developed for them. As Peterson explained in his blog, the name derives from the verb kovarat, which means 'to stand', meaning a tough guy who stands his ground.
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Kovarro is not seen in the first season but has been guarding Drogo's wife Daenerys Targaryen since their marriage. Following Drogo's death Daenerys hatches three dragon eggs in his funeral pyre and Kovarro swears his loyalty to her. She names him as one of her bloodriders alongside Rakharo and Aggo.
Daenerys leads what remains of her khalasar deep into the Red Waste. Facing starvation she sends Rakharo, Aggo and Kovarro to scout in three different directions, using the last remaining horses. Kovarro is sent South East.
He returns to the khalasar and reports his discovery that Qarth is three days to the east, on the sea. Then Kovarro leads the khalasar to Qarth.
Inside the city, Xaro Xhoan Daxos welcomes Daenerys into his home, giving her people accommodation and buying her gifts. Daenerys is distracted by Jorah Mormont, Kovarro and Malakho gathering around a bejewelled golden peacock statue. She asks Ser Jorah what they are doing and he reports that they are discussing stealing the statue. Malakho thinks that it is too heavy but Kovarro believes that they can parcel out the weight by prying out the jewels and chopping up the soft gold. Daenerys admonishes her bloodrider to show more respect for their host. He says that he will wait until they leave and she cautions him not to steal from the man who saved them from the Red Waste. Kovarro and Malakho walk off. Kovarro takes a goblet from a passing servant, emptying the liquid from it.
Kovarro accompanies Daenerys to a meeting with the Spice King who refuses to invest in her return to Westeros. When they return to Xaro's home they find that it has been attacked with Irri and several Dothraki warriors have been killed along with some of Xaro's guards and the dragons have been stolen.
Kovarro stands guards for Daenerys when she appears before the Thirteen to appeal for their help. They are stunned when Pyat Pree admits to the theft and proclaims Xaro the king of Qarth. Kovarro ushers Daenerys out of the meeting room. Pree's doubles follow them and invites Daenerys to reclaim her children at the House of the Undying. They take refuge in a disused courtyard.
Kovarro aids Ser Jorah and Daenerys to the House of the Undying. He stands guard and waits for her return. Later he is by her side when Dany discovers Doreah and Xaro in bed, and confides them to the empty chamber. He helps raid the palace of any gold and silver.