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“You’re in the wrong franchise, folks”: House of the Dragon Showrunner Slams Fans For Loving Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen, Asks Not to Compare Him With Han Solo

Daemon Targaryen

The rise of Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen in popular culture is seemingly not favoring the plan that House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan J Condal had envisioned for the HBO prequel series. A major contributor to its success has been its parent show, Game of Thrones, and the roots of troubled world-building that the series has inculcated among the masses. The fandom that has steadily and then exponentially grown around it, has ever since been defined by ambiguous morality and favoritism toward the anti-hero rather than the Serpico.

Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen

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The Rise of Daemon Targaryen in the House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon has been picking up the slacking pace of its show’s former half with an extraordinary narrative in the latter. What started off with dreary four-room politics with a spattering of winged beasts rearing out from the clouds here and there has now turned into a full-scale dive into the history of the Targaryens and the rise and fall of the House of the Dragon.

However, the crucial aspect that draws the crowd to the forum is the descent of chaos and villainy in the face of impossible political manipulations and deadly betrayals. In a world that is populated by cunning Cersei Lannisters and demonic Ramsay Boltons, there is no place for righteous Neds and innocent Tommens. The rule of the game dictates that to survive, one has to color beyond the lines, and Daemon Targaryen entirely decimates the game at its core, let alone play by its rules.

Daemon Targaryen
Daemon Targaryen

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The morally ambiguous anti-hero who has had a villainous rise to power is the personification of George R.R. Martin’s ideal survivor in Game of Thrones. In the grand picture, the portrait of Matt Smith‘s character is not solely defined by the cruel and calculated murder of his paralyzed spouse but as a husband who cuts down entitled lords who publicly humiliate his wife and a brother who despite years of outwardly displayed hostility helps Viserys to the throne when the latter is at his most vulnerable. Daemon Targaryen is the necessary evil in a house surrounded by monstrosities.

Ryan Condal Bashes Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen Fandom

Rhaenyra and Daemon prepare for war in House of the Dragon season finale
Rhaenyra and Daemon prepare for war

The George R.R. Martin-created fandom’s loyalties reside on two extremes of the spectrum — it’s either with the most tragically fated and doomed protagonist (the likes of Jon Snow) or the morally ambivalent anti-hero who slashes their way through battlefields to avenge the one they love (the likes of Arya Stark and Daemon Targaryen). Also considering the fact that Matt Smith manages to rule every character he has donned in his career, it does not help the fandom’s case of falling in love with the resident bad guy of the HBO show.

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However, showrunner Ryan Condal has other opinions on the matter.

“He’s not Ned Stark… [he’s] the antihero of the story… if you’re looking for Han Solo, who’s always going to do the right thing in the end, you’re in the wrong franchise, folks.”

This goes directly against what the House of the Dragon fandom believes in and isn’t afraid to voice.

It’s not news that people want to explore beyond the age-old and time-weary binaries of good and evil. The righteous versus the wrong does not allow for character development and simply sets up one party’s victory over another’s failure. The anti-heroes, on the other hand, are built with complex undertones of ideologies that keep shifting with their surroundings and that is what makes the story interesting and the plot entertaining.

House of the Dragon Season 1 is now streaming on HBO and HBO Max.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.