- "The Dothraki take slaves like a hound takes a bitch. Are you a slave Khaleesi?"
Doreah is a recurring character in the first and second seasons. She is played by guest star Roxanne McKee and debuts in the "The Kingsroad". Doreah is a handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen and a former bedslave.
Doreah is bought as a wedding gift for Daenerys Targaryen by her brother Viserys Targaryen. He intends her to serve as a handmaid and to prepare Daenerys for the sexual aspects of her marriage. Viserys is an exiled Prince from Westeros and has arranged his sister's marriage to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo to attempt to reclaim his crown.. Doreah tells Daenerys a story of the origin of dragons. She says that there used to be two moons in the sky until the second moon wandered too close to the sun and cracked open, spilling a thousand dragons into the world. Her story is dismissed as nonsense by Dany's other handmaidens, Irri and Jhiqui. Daenerys asks Doreah's advice on how to please Khal Drogo in bed and Doreah tutors her in the sensual arts. She also shows Daenerys how to use her sexuality to establish herself as someone worthy of Drogo's respect.
Doreah pleasures Viserys and tells him that she has always wanted to see a dragon. She points out she once saw a man which changed his face easily and a pirate covered in gold who flew colorful sails. Viserys is initially amused by the discussion, but sours when it reminds him of the destruction of his house at the hands of the usurper. He forces Doreah to finish their intercourse in silence, which she does unenthusiastically.
Daenerys sends Doreah to invite Viserys for a meal. He take umbrage with being 'commanded' by a slave and beats Doreah before dragging her through the camp to confront Daenerys. Viserys temper and inability to control his sister lead him to confront Drogo. Doreah watches as Viserys threatens to kill Daenerys if Drogo does not deliver his promised crown. Drogo feigns acquiescence and then kills Viserys by crowning him with molten gold.
Doreah is part of Daenerys' retinue as she inspects the markets of Vaes Dothrak. She is present when Jorah Mormont foils a wineseller's attempt to poison Daenerys. The narrow escape convinces Drogo to swear that he will invade Westeros for Daenerys. Doreah remains by Daenerys' side as the Khalasar's raids the Lhazar to obtain slaves to finance the invastion. Daenerys insists the Dothraki refrain from raping their captives and Doreah watches as Drogo easily defeats a dissenting warrior. However, he deliberately takes a small wound prior to the fight. Daenerys insists that the Lhazareen godswife Mirri Maz Duur be allowed to treat the wound despite the protestations of the Dothraki that she is a witch. The wound festers and Drogo becomes gravely unwell. The Khalasar splinters without his leadership. Duur promises to save him using blood magic provoking more dissent. Daenerys is attacked by Drogo's bloodrider Qotho and injured. Daenerys survives but loses her baby and finds Drogo catatonic. Duur admits betraying Daenerys because of the mistreatment of her people. Daenerys ends Drogo's suffering and builds a pyre to hold his funeral and kill Duur. Doreah and the remaining Dothraki watch as Daenerys walks into the flames with her dragon eggs. In the morning they find her with three newly hatched dragons. Doreah and the khalasar kneel and renew their fealty to Daenerys.
Doreah continues to serve as Daenerys' handmaiden as the small remains of the khalasar make their way through the Red Waste. She is fascinated with her lady's dragons, and asks her what Viserys knew of them, only to be told that he knew "nothing of dragons". Daenerys's Silver horse dies during their journey. Daenerys halts the majority of the column and sends her bloodriders to scout ahead. Rakharo's horse returns riderless. Ser Jorah Mormont discovers Rakharo's severed head and braid in a saddlebag and concludes that he was killed by a rival khalasar. Irri is devastated by his death.
Kovarro returns having reached the city of Qarth. Daenerys leads her people there and is dismayed when she is refused entry by the ruling elders the Thirteen. The khalasar are eventually admitted, but only after Daenerys threatons to burn the place to the ground once her dragons are grown. They all enter under the protection of Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
Xaro welcomes Daenerys into his home, giving her people accommodation and buying her gifts. He tells her how he was once the poorest man here, and from nothing, he gained everything. Later Irri watches as Daenerys and Doreah lean on the stone balcony of their new apartment. Drogon is perched on the edge of the balcony with a lump of raw meat between them. Daenerys instructs Drogon to breathe flame on the meat by saying Dracarys, the old Valyrian word for Dragon fire. Drogon does as she commands, charring the meat. Doreah and Daenerys watch the dragon gleefully as he feasts on the cooked morsel. Daenerys says that Drogon will be able to feed himself from now on. Doreah reaches for another lump of meat but Daenerys instructs her to let Drogon sleep. Doreah holds out her hand to help the dragon back into his wooden cage and he climbs onto it. Daenerys tells Doreah that the dragon loves her, eliciting a frown from Irri.
Daenerys joins Irri by her bed and Irri describes the repairs she has made to Daenerys’s clothes. Daenerys thanks Irri, calling her friend. Doreah picks up a dress from the bed and asks if Daenerys has seen it. She tells her Xaro had it made for her and reports hearing that he is the wealthiest man in Qarth. Irri concurs with her fellow handmaiden. Doreah adds that Qarth is the richest city in Essos. Daenerys recalls her gift from Illyrio Mopatis, saying that the last time a rich man gave her a gown it was because he intended to sell her into marriage with Khal Drogo. Irri offers a Dothraki prayer for Drogo to ride forever in the night lands. Daenerys tells Doreah that they know nothing about their host and suggests that men often speak about other men when they are happy, suggesting that Doreah seduce some of Xaro’s fellow citizens to obtain more information. Doreah says that Daenerys would look like a real princess in Xaro’s dress and Irri objects to the title, correcting Doreah that Daenerys is a Khaleesi. Irri breaks the ensuing awkward silence by encouraging Daenerys to wear the dress as a guest’s courtesy to Xaro. Xaro throws a reception for Daenerys in his gardens. Doreah and several of the khalasar are also present. Daenerys is pleased to see Doreah ingratiating herself with several of the men present.
When they return home later, Daenerys's men have all been brutally murdered, her dragons are stolen, Irri lies dead on the floor and Doreah is missing. Daenerys tells Ser Jorah that she believes Doreah is dead.
After Daenerys retrieves her dragons she finds a sleeping Doreah in bed with Xaro, revealing that she had in fact betrayed Daenerys and her dragons to the conspirators. Although she pleads for her life, she is locked inside the merchant prince's vault along with him to die from starvation.
|Season One appearances|
|Winter is Coming||The Kingsroad||Lord Snow||Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things||The Wolf and the Lion|
|A Golden Crown||You Win or You Die||The Pointy End||Baelor||Fire and Blood|
|Season Two appearances|
|The North Remembers||The Night Lands||What is Dead May Never Die||Garden of Bones||The Ghost of Harrenhal|
|The Old Gods and the New||A Man Without Honor||The Prince of Winterfell||Blackwater||Valar Morghulis|
In the books
In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, Doreah is from the Free City of Lys. She is beautiful and has an unusual look compared to Daenerys's other Dothraki servants, Irri and Jhiqui. Doreah's role is to instruct Daenerys in the "womanly arts of love".
In contrast to the series, Doreah dies of a wasting disease in the second book while traversing the Red Waste. Daenerys personally buries her, and weeps as she does so. In the TV series, it is Rakharo who dies, followed by Irri dying in Qarth soon afterwards.
In her bathtub discussion with Viserys, Doreah speaks of a man who can change his face and a colorful pirate. The former is a reference to the Faceless Men of Braavos. The latter could possibly be a reference to Salladhor Saan, a noted pirate who is also from Lys, who plays a major role later in the series.
- Doreah at A Wiki of Ice and Fire (spoilers from the books).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Targaryen - Doreah entry
- ↑ "Winter is Coming"
- ↑ "The Kingsroad"
- ↑ "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"
- ↑ "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"
- ↑ "A Golden Crown"
- ↑ "You Win or You Die"
- ↑ "The Pointy End"
- ↑ "Baelor"
- ↑ "Fire and Blood"
- ↑ "The North Remembers"
- ↑ "The Night Lands"
- ↑ "Garden of Bones"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "The Ghost of Harrenhal"
- ↑ "The Old Gods and the New"
- ↑ "A Man Without Honor"