Game Of Thrones: 5 Characters We Can’t Believe They Cut
4. Strong Belwas
If you're looking for the fiercest eunuch fighter, Strong Belwas is your man...well, mostly anyway. A slave from the fighting pits of Meereen, he passed through the hands of many masters before ending up in Pentos serving Ilyrio Mopatis. For those who don't remember, Ilyrio was the man who arranged the marriage between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo. Still looking out for Daenerys' well-being (while at the same time looking out for his unknown interests), Ilyrio sends Belwas to locate Daenerys and act as her protector. Accompanied by his aged squire Arstan Whitebeard, later revealed to be former Kingsguard knight Barristan Selmy, Belwas travels with the Khaleesi and her khalasar as they leave Qarth and travel to Astapor, Yunkai, and finally his former home Meereen. Not one for subtlety, one of Belwas' most memorable moments is when he defeats the champion of Meereen and proceeds to defecate towards the city. In A Dance With Dragons, Belwas is poisoned after eating poisoned locusts that were originally given to Daenerys by her husband Hizdahr zo Loraq, although she did not eat any. Belwas survives because of his large size, although his strength dwindles as a result. The primary reason Belwas wasn't included in the TV series is because the mystery of Arstan Whitebeard was eliminated from the narrative. With the exception of those of you who are super astute, most of us didn't realize Arstan was Barristan until he revealed himself to Daenerys. In the TV show, viewers were automatically going to recognize Barristan, so they did away with the mystery all together and had him reveal himself to Daenerys after he saved her life. As a result, Belwas was no longer needed as the "knight" who needed a "squire." Still, it would have been cool to see Belwas accompanying Barristan, the two of them meeting somewhere during Barristan's journey from Westeros to Qarth. One idea for upcoming episodes is to have Belwas meet Daenerys in Meereen. Since that was Belwas' original home, perhaps he could be a knight or soldier who becomes a part of the Khaleesi's personal guard. The opportunity is there if the writers choose to take advantage of it.
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