April 3rd, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Coming up on The Next List: 'Game of Thrones' language creator David Peterson



The Next List goes behind the scenes of the hit series "Game of Thrones" with a look at one of the show's most unique crew members, Dothraki language creator David Peterson.

The Mongol-like Dothraki are one of the warring factions in George R.R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," the basis for HBO's sprawling production. In the books, the Dothraki of course speak their own language - one that the show's executive producers thought they could re-create on-screen.

But after trying their hand at a made-up language, David Benioff and Dan Weiss admit it sounded "like gobbledygook."

That's when they turned to "conlanger" David Peterson. (His title created by smashing together the words "constructed language). He not only created a language - comprised of more than 3,400 words and a full grammatical structure - but worked as a translator and dialect coach for series stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa.

With the exception of J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional languages in "Lord of the Rings," Peterson says Dothraki is the first to incorporate a historical basis for the tongue's creation. He started by considering the nomadic Dothraki culture as it's presented in the books, focusing on who these people are and where and how they live their lives. He mapped out their entire world in his head, then imagined what it would have looked like a thousand years before that.

The goal: to slowly evolve the language, filling in the "nooks and crannies" while adding various irregularities like those found in English and other real languages.

Both the cast and the producers credit David's incredible attention to detail with expanding the Dothraki culture well beyond what's presented in Martin's books.

On "The Next List," we see that same focus as David creates audio recordings for each cast member to help them master their lines. We also get the inside scoop on who among the cast really nails their lines – and who struggles. Add in a sneak peek at what's ahead in Season 2 of "Game of Thrones" and you've got a blockbuster episode, premiering Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm, right here on CNN.

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