Every week it seems that Daemon Targaryen dominates the episodes of The Dragon’s House, being the most commented and acclaimed by the fans. Played by Matt Smith, the character managed to win the hearts of viewers with his rebelliousness and daring, being always ready for a good fight, but showing, at times, his more affectionate side when it comes to his family. So, is Smith managing to stay true to the books? Fire & Blood by bringing the Targaryen to life? And, how close has the series taken the character to his literary version?
Smith’s talent is undeniable and fans who have read the books know that he has managed to capture the full essence of what Daemon is like in the originals. The Dragon’s House it is being faithful not only to the events, but to the personalities and characteristics of its protagonists. So much so that we can list 5 important points about the Daemon of the series that do justice to the Daemon of the books, because the spin off created a character on screen as interesting as he is in the pages written by Martin.
5 Daemon Targaryen Mannerisms From The Books That Matt Smith Understands Perfectly
The ability to attract loyalty
Smith managed to use all his charisma in The Dragon’s House to play the already charismatic character Daemon. In the books, as well as in the series, Daemon has enormous charisma and manages to attract the people around him and, above all, attract the loyalty of these people. Even though many of his attitudes are illegal and dangerous, he manages to remain charming, even to those who don’t agree with his way of acting. The person most captured by his personality was his own brother, King Viserys.
Loyalty to your brother
As much as Daemon is always challenging his brother’s authority and doing things that could be considered treason, he really loves Viserys and knows that his brother is far from the best king of the Seven Kingdoms, due to his kindness and a certain naivety. this is something that The Dragon’s House remained extremely faithful to the books, as Daemon can have his attacks of rebellion, but he would never betray his brother to take him off the throne and always remains loyal to him, even if he doesn’t agree with his way of ruling.
“That loyalty is something that Matt Smith captures perfectly. Whenever the two are in a scene together, it’s clear that Daemon truly loves his brother and even, in his weird way, craves his approval, even though he does so many things that earn him a reprimand.” (via screenrant)
He is relentless justice
Daemon Targaryen has a relentless sense of justice, to the point of torturing common criminals on the streets of King’s Landing to set an example for others. In those moments, he becomes completely cruel and frightening, having no mercy or empathy for those who are subdued by his sword.
The bond with your dragon
Another point that makes the character on the screens equal to the ones in the books is Daemon’s relationship with his dragon, Caraxes. And, Matt Smith manages to convey this relationship in a natural and simple way in the series. According to the website screenrant: “In the scenes where they appear together, human and dragon really seem to be so united that it’s hard to imagine the two being separated..”. This could be increasingly relevant with your family’s bleak future.
The most distinguishing characteristic of most powerful Targaryens and Daemon is arrogance. Daemon knows how much power and influence he has, and he knows how to use his charm very well, and all this makes him extremely arrogant, even more than is expected of his family. If there’s one thing we can’t complain about Matt Smith in The Dragon’s House is that he managed to capture that constant and defiant arrogance of the character. (via screenrant)