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When Matt Smith was worried about his role in the House of the Dragon

By Vaseline May30,2024
When Matt Smith was worried about his role in the House of the Dragon

George RR Martin is ready to deliver yet another chapter of his fantasy drama with the new season of House of the Dragon. After breaking records with Game of Thrones, which is still considered one of the best shows on TV, Martin soon returned with a killer prequel and left GoT fans mesmerized. House of the Dragon season 1 was positively received, prompting creators to put their heads together to continue building on the storyline. The show also brought out some powerful characters with their inner conflicts, virtues and flaws.

One of these was the character of Prince Daemon Targaryen (played by Matt Smith), the son of Prince Baelon and Alyssa Targaryen. Called one of the most skilled warriors in the Empire, Daemon’s future in the second season remains unresolved.

Matt Smith was unsure about HoTD

However, there was a time when Smith felt unsure about signing House of the Dragon. Speaking to Variety, the actor shared his concerns and said he was afraid the show wouldn’t live up to GoT’s standards. “My concern is that this story has been told. That’s the first thing I said,” he said.

Smith also explained how audiences have changed and so has the way TV is consumed, justifying his reasons for concern. “The audience has changed. The way TV is consumed has changed. You can see a market saturating itself, enveloping itself and becoming obsolete,” the actor told the outlet.

Considering the brilliant storytelling and phenomenal acting in GoT, concerns about living up to expectations sound quite genuine, especially if we follow up on the legacy of sudden and bloody plot twists.

More about House Of The Dragon Season 2


The upcoming season of House of the Dragon will build on the events of Martin’s books, also called the Dance of the Dragons. The focus of the season is on a civil war that took place approximately 200 years before the events of GoT.

It will show the events that unfold in the aftermath of Lucerys Velaryon’s death at the hands of Aemond Targaryen, sparking the civil war between the Blacks and the Greens. While actors Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen), Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen), Olivia Cooke (Queen Alicent Hightower), Rhys Ifans (Otto Hightower) and Eve Best (Princess Rhaenys Velaryon) will return to their characters, a few fresh faces will such as Simon Russell Beale, Freddie Fox, Gayle and Abubakar Salim. will make new entries.

House of the Dragon Season 2 will premiere on Max on June 16, 2024.

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