GOT Prequel: Smith’s Daemon to Be a Truly “Dark & Disturbed” Targaryen

GOT Prequel: Smith’s Daemon to Be a Truly “Dark & Disturbed” Targaryen

According to actor Matt Smith, Daemon Targaryen is going to be a ‘very dark and disturbed character’ to portray in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.

Smith appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast to chat about the upcoming HBO series. When host Josh Horowitz asked the Doctor Who actor what drew him towards the role, he answered,

It’s an interesting and dark and disturbed part to play, I think. And I thought, ‘Oh, you know, it would be interesting to try on a blonde wig,’ and all that. And, you know, flying some dragons and getting involved in some sword fights.

Matt Smith

Of course, the character’s going to be a disturbed one. The man literally marries his own niece! But, I guess, there are much more disturbing things than incest in the George R. R. Martin lore.

A ‘Dark & Disturbed’ Daemon Awaits Us Matt Smith's House Of The Dragon Character Will Be ‘Dark & Disturbed’
Matt Smith | Source: IMDb

However, it’s not just Daemon who’s going to be scary and dark. If Smith’s description is accurate, Daemon’s dragon’s personality matches its rider.

Caraxes is pretty good, y’know? He’s big and red and angry. He’s a really angry dragon. Mine’s the angriest of all the dragons. There is no angrier dragon than Caraxes. He’s a real moody bastard.

Matt Smith

After all, the eleventh Doctor did trade the TARDIS for a dragon. And if you’re going to have a pet dragon in the world of Game of Thrones, it’s always better to have an angry one, right?

Smith jokingly compared Caraxes with his pet dog, calling him a dragon “with a personality.” Caraxes, also known as the Blood Wyrm, first belonged to Aemon Targaryen. Daemon became Caraxes’ rider after Aemon’s death.

The actor also added that it would be almost impossible for the show to top Game of Thrones as it is a “cultural phenomenon.”

It’s impossible for this show to ever really succeed in the way that Thrones did. Thrones became a sort of cultural phenomenon for many people, and it’s never gonna quite scale those heights in the same way cause that was its own unique thing. Whether people are ready to receive or not, who knows? You never know. But we make it in earnest, and we try to deliver something that is an entertaining world, with dragons and sword fights.

Matt Smith

Considering the fact that fans even started a petition to change the ending because they were so upset with it, it really was quite a phenomenon.

HBO Max dropped the official teaser for the prequel series a few weeks ago, and it had a lot of promising, book-accurate designs.

House Of The Dragon Official Teaser

House of the Dragon is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in 2022.

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About House Of The Dragon

House of the Dragon is the prequel series to HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood.

Set three hundred years before the events of Game of ThronesHouse of the Dragon will show Westeros under the Targaryen family’s rule before the dragons went extinct. It will follow the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra, who fought for the throne after the death of their father, Viserys I.

Directed by Ryan Condall and Miguel Sapochnik, the show stars Paddy Considine as Viserys I Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Tom Glynn-Craney as Aegon II Targaryen, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, Fabien Frankel as Criston Cole, and Graham McTavish.

Source: Happy Sad Confused podcast