House of the Dragon: Rhaenyra and Daemon’s Relationship


“Home of the Dragon”‘s first episode lacks the specific incest followers would possibly affiliate with “Sport of Thrones” usually and the Targaryens particularly, nevertheless it does embrace one very unsettling scene between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her uncle Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) the place he items her a necklace and places it round her neck. Alcock and Smith each communicate to POPSUGAR concerning the scene and Daemon’s position within the Targaryen dynasty.

“Matt’s unimaginable. He is such a beneficiant actor,” Alcock says of her costar. “We additionally needed to communicate in Excessive Valyrian. In order that added a complete new layer of enjoyable and mischief to play with.”

“However I wished to verify with Rhaenyra that she wasn’t conscious of what she was feeling and he or she wasn’t totally conscious of what this attraction meant to her as a result of she hadn’t skilled love or intercourse but,” Alcock explains. “So she did not know what was happening, however one thing was positively happening, and he or she’s unaware. So I hope that me and Matt left fairly an ambiguous scene.”

Smith additionally complimented Alcock and Emma D’Arcy, who performs the older model of Rhaenyra later within the season. “I believe that casting has labored so nicely,” he says. As for the scene, he explains, “You need to carry a way of authenticity to the scene. You need to honor what’s written and honor what George had in thoughts. And that is what we each attempt to do. And that is what we’ll proceed to do because the season goes ahead.”

Smith mentioned he was drawn to play Daemon as a result of there’s an “ambiguity to him.” He explains, “I believe Daemon may fairly simply be one factor, and I used to be fascinated with attempting to subvert that, and I assumed there was a wierd fragility to him.”

“And I used to be actually within the relationship along with his brother,” Smith explains. Enjoying with Paddy Considine, who performs King Viserys, was additionally one thing that excited him concerning the half. “I believe all the things Daemon does is kind of . . . [because] he needs consideration along with his brother,” he says. “And equally, his brother’s the king. So it is given him this freedom to do what the eff he needs, and he is aware of that nobody’s going to cease him as a result of he is aware of deep down, his brother loves him fairly deeply and he’ll by no means chop his head off. So Daemon simply pushes the boundaries always.”

How that boundary pushing performs out in his relationship along with his niece Rhaenyra, followers should wait and see.

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