WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- HBO’s Game of Thrones final season will premiere on April 14.
- One of the sound samples used for the noises the dragons make is from the moans of giant tortoises during sex.
- When tortoises mate, the sound is loud enough to be heard for miles around.
The final season of “Game of Thrones” will be premiering on April 14 according to HBO. We can’t wait to see exactly how it’s going to turn out and many are surely excited to see the dragons in action again.
The main dragon cast of the show is Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, with Drogon being Daenerys’ favorite. When you hear their roars, purrs, or whistles, you wonder what sound designers used to give the dragons their voices. Tortoise mating moans would probably not even be on your list of guesses.
Paula Fairfield, the series sound designer, said in a RadioLab interview in 2017 that she had to make use of different sound samples and animal noises to craft the sounds of the dragons’ movements and communication. Among screeching birds and reptiles, the flutter of dragonfly wings, and her own dog’s nasal whistles was tortoise sex. The mating moan of a giant male tortoise was used particularly for Drogon’s purrs.
Yes, tortoises do moan, quite loudly, when they mate. A conservation biologist at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York named James Gibbs says that a tortoise’s groans can last for 10-20 minutes and carry for miles around.
Fairfield explained her choice of the sound sample saying that the odd choice of sound byte was because Drogon was named after Dany’s late husband Khal Drogo. In a way, that means Drogon “is like her lover”.
“He’s whistling at her all the time, he’s whistling at her butt and saying, ‘Ooh, baby.’ The groan of the male [tortoise] actually became, with some work and adjustments and stuff, the basis of Drogon’s purr.”
Source: Live Science