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House of the Dragon: the creator does not understand the popularity of this character

Episode 10 of “House of the Dragon” brought season 1 of the prequel to “Game of Thrones” to a close. Among viewers’ favorite characters is Daemon Targaryen, husband of Rhaenyra and brother of Viserys. A popularity that surprised Ryan Condal, the co-creator of the series, who does not really explain this adulation.

House of the Dragon: season 1 ends in style

Broadcast since August 21, House of the Dragon soon became as popular as Game Of Thrones. Indeed, each week, the spectators were always more numerous in front of their screens around the world to follow the beginnings of the war of succession which led the Targaryens to chaos.

taking place approximately 200 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryenthe first season of the HBO series ended in style on Monday, October 24 (and broke an audience record).

After the death of King Viserys, it was his son Aegon who was crowned contrary to his wish to put his daughter Rhaenyra on the Iron Throne. This decision sealed for good the two Targaryen camps : the Blacks on one side led by Alicent (Aegon’s mother) and Otto Hightower, and the Greens on the other, led by Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen.

Although the latter initially refused to go to war, the death of her young son Lucerys killed by Aemond Targaryen and his dragon at the end of episode 10, gave rise to fury in his eyes. Looking forward to season 2.

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma d’Arcy) – House of the Dragon episode 10 © HBO

Creator surprised by Daemon’s popularity

As soon as the first episode of House of the Dragon, viewers fell in love with the character of Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith. A fan base very solid was even built, to the point that Daemon is now erected as a hero by many spectators.

A phenomenon that has not escaped the co-creator of the series, Ryan Condal, and that he does not really understand.

I have difficulties to understand. From the first episode of the series we have been clear about Daemon: he is fascinating, but he is not Ned Stark (…) for me he is the anti-hero of the story. He is a character who has a real darkness in him, dangerous and charming at the same time. I expected him to trigger a fascination in the audience, but in the same way as a Jaime Lannister or Oberyn Martell. I didn’t think at all that people were going to worship him as a hero, and justify all his actions

Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) - House of the Dragon episode 1 Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) – House of the Dragon episode 1 © HBO

Ryan Condal told the NY Times, before warning Daemon fans:

I see the heroic aspects of Daemon, and I understand that people see that too. He is very charismatic, handsome, he rides a dragon, wields a sword. I understand. But if you see him as Han Solo who is always going to try to do good, you guys are in the wrong franchise.

In episode 10 of House of the Dragon, Daemon’s dark side surfaced again. As Rhaenyra spoke the prophecy of Aegon the Conqueror with him, her husband pretended to strangle her, squeezing her neck with great violence.

This gesture can be explained by his resentment towards his brother Viserys, who once again voluntarily put him aside. Aegon’s prophecy is only split between king and heir and Viserys never imagined that Daemon would be his.

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