House of the Dragon writer is "baffled" fans are thirsting over Matt Smith's Daemon
20 October 2022, 11:14
Daemon is morally corrupt and yet he, his hair and his wig have become the subject of thousands of thirst tweets.
Listen to this article
House of the Dragon writer and executive producer Sara Hess is concerned fans are thirsting over Matt Smith as Daemon.
Ever since House of the Dragon debuted on HBO in August, fans have been divided over the show's cast and characters. It seems that people are either Team Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy) or Team Alicent (Olivia Cooke). Then there are characters like Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) who fans fell in love with in the early episodes but have turned on in recent weeks.
One character who has truly split the fandom is Matt Smith's Daemon. Some people are disgusted by him but others have been thirsting over him in spite of the fact that he's murdered his wife, married his niece and routinely causes havoc on those around him. Now, one of the people behind House of the Dragon is questioning why people love Daemon.
READ MORE: House of the Dragon viewers are losing it over Aegon's nude masturbation scene
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about people's obsession with Daemon, House of the Dragon's Sara Hess said: "He’s become Internet Boyfriend in a way that baffles me. Not that Matt isn’t incredibly charismatic and wonderful, and he’s incredible in the role. But Daemon himself is… I don’t want him to be my boyfriend!"
Sara continued: "I’m a little baffled how they’re all, 'Oh, daddy!' And I’m just like, 'Really?' How – in what way – was he a good partner, father or brother — to anybody? You got me. He ain’t Paul Rudd."
However, she then added: "I just love the fact people are so involved with these characters, and I think that’s part of the fun of it. One minute you like someone, and the next minute you like someone else. But I’m not surprised."
Praising Matt, she said: "Matt is such a risk-taker in his performances and he’s got that little smile and, you know… you can’t help it! He is charismatic. People love a baddie."
READ MORE: Does Rhaenyra marry Daemon in House of the Dragon? Here's what happens in the book
As for Matt, he's described Daemon as "incestuous, volatile and sociopathic" in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. He's also a little baffled as to why people like him in Daemon's long blonde wig. He said: "I'm good from the side, it's quite a lot from the front." He also called the wig "a fucking nightmare" to wear and said that it takes an hour to put on.
What do you think of Matt as Daemon?
Read more House of the Dragon news here:
- House of the Dragon could bring back young Rhaenyra and Alicent for season 2
- House of the Dragon cast confirm they played Rhaenyra and Alicent as queer
- House of the Dragon's Steve Toussaint slams racist viewers of the show
- House of the Dragon creators defend "horrific" birth scene in episode 1
- 28 wild House of the Dragon memes that sum up episode 1