Daemon Targaryen Fandom ‘Baffles’ House Of The Dragon Producer

Matt Smith and Emma D'Arcy in House Of The Dragon

Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy in House Of The Dragon
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[Note: This article contains spoilers for House Of The Dragon episodes 1 through 9. Read on with caution!]

There’s just something about… incest? Despite his sneaky, murderous ways, kissing his niece in a brothel, the internet can’t seem to get enough Dragon Houseof Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith. A wayward younger brother of King Viserys, Daemon is quick to get rid of a troublesome enemy or friend. But despite episode after episode of unsavory actions, the demon fancams (and fanfare) keep coming.

It’s something that Dragon House The writer and executive producer is personally a bit confused. Sure, Daemon may have helped a stumbling and sick King Viserys up the stairs to the throne in HOTthe most recent episode. But even if that makes Daemon respectable by Westeros standards, does it this really enough to warrant a drool-worthy boyfriend in real life? Especially after all that incident in the Vale?

“He became an Internet Boyfriend in a way that baffles me,” said writer Sara Hess The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not that Matt isn’t incredibly charismatic and wonderful, and he’s amazing in the role. But Daemon himself is…I don’t want him to be my boyfriend! how they all are, ‘Oh, dad!’ And I’m like, ‘Really?’ How-how—was he a good partner, father or brother—at anybody? You got me. It’s not Paul Rudd.

Clare Kilner, who directed Dragon House episode 9, is slightly more sympathetic to fainting, and is at the very least “not surprised”. “After all, as Kilner perfectly explains, ‘People love a bad guy.’

“Matt takes so many risks in his performances and he’s got this little smile and, you know…you can’t help it,” Kilner said.

“I can’t help it” seems to be the main operative phrase here, as Kilner points out that she doesn’t see many redeeming qualities of moral variety in Daemon.

“He is charismatic,” she adds. “But I don’t think he’s a particularly good father or brother.”

Lily The audiovisual clubinterview with Clare Kilner here.