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Who Is Matt Smith’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Character?

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 10, 2022
04:20 P.M.
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Matt Smith's "House of the Dragon" role puts him in the spotlight as fans anticipate the release of the "Game of Thrones" prequel. Smith has starred in previous aristocratic roles, displaying his competence.


Presently fans are not the only ones anticipating the return of "Game of Thrones," or to put it more appropriately, the prequel to the "Game of Thrones." George R.R. Martin, the originator of the blockbuster series, can't wait for his admirers to see what he has in store.

In a recent interview, Martin opened up about his anticipation for the release of the new series, which will not drop until much later in 2022.

Matt Smith at the "Last Night In Soho" UK Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 09, 2021 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


However, he decried the criticisms on social media and the usual hassles over how he intends to release more series in the franchise.

For the "House of the Dragon," fans will see the blonde-haired Targaryen in a new light and an eye-opening throwback to a time when they seemed invincible. Stars like Paddy Considine, Emma D'Arcy, Milly Alcock, and Matt Smith are set to play significant roles.

For one, Smith already gained attention in his most recent role as Prince Philip of England in Netflix's "The Crown." Here's a further look at the impactful role in the series.

Actor Matt Smith attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images



The English actor will join other notable stars to shed more light on the foundation of the dragon-breeding royals, the Targaryens. Smith is set to star center stage as Daemon Targaryen, the brother of King Viserys.

The plot is set such that Daemon is seen constantly warring with his brother. After Viserys's passing, he tries to ascend the throne, but this leads to a big issue between him and his niece Rhaenyra, who is Viserys's first daughter and the rightful heir.

The teaser, released on May 5, 2022, mainly highlighted bits and pieces of Smith's character. Daemon is primarily the antihero who becomes thirsty for power after his brother's demise.


Matt Smith attends the World Premiere of season 2 of Netflix "The Crown" at Odeon Leicester Square on November 21, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

He already wields a lot of power, being one of the strongholds of the Targaryen. Daemon had all he needed, from a ferocious red dragon called Caraxes to Dark Sister, the legendary Valyrian steel blade.


His complicated character has elements of some key players in "Game of Thrones." Some of the traits gleaned include his cunningness reminiscent of Little Finger, having his mistress play the role of the whisperer like Lord Varys, and Jamie Lannister's strength as a warrior.

Actor Matt Smith arrives at the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Despite how Smith has proved himself worthy of historical roles, there has been a division among fans concerning his role as Daemon.

Some think the fictional character's arrogance and cockiness might not be fully expressed through Smith.

The Primetime Emmy-nominated star has made a name for himself in TV projects like the eleventh incarnation of the doctor in "Doctor Who." He is also known for his role in "Morbius."

Actor Matt Smith attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images



"House of the Dragon" will hit the screens on August 21, 2022. The show will be released on HBO Max with a simultaneous release of each episode on subsequent Sundays.

The show will probably be aired at 9 p.m., which was the time slot for "Game of Thrones." The filming locations for "House of the Dragon" includes Malta, Spain, and Cornwall in England.