'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon': Matt Smith reveals Daemon Targaryen's SEX scenes are 'slightly too much'
Matt Smith, who is essaying the character of Daemon Targaryen in 'House of the Dragon', opened up on his sex scenes in the prequel. Agreeing on the fact that Daemon has his share of explicit bedchamber scenes in the prequel, Smith said, “Yeah — slightly too much, if you ask me.”
“You do find yourself asking, 'Do we need another sex scene?' And they’re like, 'Yeah, we do.' I guess you have to ask yourself: ‘What are you doing? Are you representing the books, or are you diluting the books to represent the time we’re living in?’ And I actually think it’s your job to represent the books truthfully and honestly, as they were written,” said Smith in an interview with Rolling Stone. HBO's official description for Daemon reads, "The younger brother to King Viserys, and peerless warrior and dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…"
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Daemon is a fierce warrior and an accomplished rider as well. He is not a villain but there's a bit of warped and twisted sense of morality even in the impulsive actions that he does. His character does have a huge clash of ideologies with hand of the ruling King Viserys I, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) who sees him as a huge threat to the Iron Throne and suggests to the King that his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock / Emma D'Arcy) be made the next potential heir to Westeros instead of his brother. It is King Viserys I Targaryen's declaration of naming Rhaenyra as his successor and next potential ruler, which angers patriarchal and traditional faction. They cannot fathom seeing a female queen ruling Westeros. This bloody civil war changes things permanently.
The much-awaited first episode of 'House of the Dragon' was released on August 21 on both HBO and HBO Max. It is also streaming on Disney+.