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'Game of Thrones': A Traveler's Guide to Dothraki — How to Speak So You Don't Get Your Head Cut Off

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Our long wait is (almost) over. A year after the Season 5 finale that launched a thousand fan theories, Game of Thrones is preparing to enter new territory in its sixth season, which debuts Sunday, April 24 on HBO. For the first time in its history, the series will venture completely off book, as the writers have lapped the release of author George R.R. Martin’s final two novels. So now, both readers and newbies will be on the same proverbial page when we return to Westeros, Dorne, and points beyond.

As viewers count down the days to Game of Thrones’ return, we here at Yahoo TV are launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day over the next month as we explore all of our favorite (and a few of our least favorite) people, places, and things about television’s most addictive show. From Direwolves and Dragons to the shows most hideous deaths and imperiled characters, we’re going to indulge or GoT obsession with the same fervor that Cersei imbibes alcohol. So raise a glass and toast the impending arrival of a long, cruel, and bloody Westerosi winter.

In the closing moments of Season 5, we see Danaerys surrounded by a tribe of Dothraki. Their intent is unknown, but it’s clear they will have more of a presence this year than we’ve seen since the first season. What can we expect from the fearsome horse lords?

Well, for one, we’ll return to Vaes Dothrak — last seen only briefly in the series’ fourth episode. In the Season 6 preview clip below, Danaerys looks humbled, but unharmed as she’s brought beneath the ancient Horse Gate. Vaes Dothrak is ruled by women — former wives of khals who have died — who possess great wisdom and prophetic powers. It’s the Dothraki’s only city since they are otherwise a nomadic people, riding across the the plains of Essos on horseback.

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