Game of Thrones Prequel: Matt Smith Looking Forward to Riding Dragons

Matt Smith¬†reveals¬†he’s looking forward to riding dragons¬†in¬†the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. The¬†10-episode series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, which delves into the history of GoT‘s House Targaryen.¬†Game of Thrones¬†concluded its explosive eight-season run in May 2019.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is one of the top¬†competitors for the iron throne¬†on¬†Game of Thrones,¬†up until the series’ controversial ending. She¬†stakes her claim to power on the basis of birthright: despite the princess’ fraught relationship with¬†the royal family that sold her out, she believes¬†that her Targaryen blood makes her the rightful heir to the¬†highest seat¬†in Westeros. Dany¬†gains support for her cause when she miraculously emerges from¬†a fire having hatched three dragon eggs, which she trains and raises as if they were her¬†children.¬†House Targaryen is said to¬†have a¬†special connection to the creatures: history tells that Aegon Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms with their help, and they appear on the family crest.

During a recent Q&A with GalaxyCon, House of the Dragon cast member Matt Smith¬†alluded to the possibility that his character will ride dragons in the prequel. ¬†Although¬†Smith doesn’t¬†definitively¬†reveal in the interview whether or not¬†he’ll be¬†mounting any airborne reptiles, the actor seems to know a bit more than he’s letting on. Based on his coy delivery, viewers can probably expect to see¬†Smith on dragonback sometime during the course of the series. Smith¬†may be an award-winning, Emmy-nominated actor, but something about¬†this performance¬†just isn’t all that believable:

Without saying too much…I’m looking forward to riding a few dragons…if I get to. I mean, I don’t know. Who knows?

Magic lizards¬†aside, Smith¬†says he’s¬†excited for the opportunity to become part of the¬†GoT¬†legacy and join what’s shaping up to be a great cast. Smith’s casting was just announced: the¬†Dr. Who¬†and¬†The¬†Crown¬†actor will play¬†Prince Daemon Targaryen, King Viserys’ younger brother. Daemon is a skilled warrior and second heir to the Targaryen throne after Viserys, who will be played by Paddy Considine¬†(The Outsider). Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) were also announced as cast members yesterday along with Smith‚ÄĒCooke¬†as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the hand of the king, and D‚ÄôArcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Considering the title of the show, it’s safe to expect HBO will deliver on¬†the¬†Chekhov’s dragon it promises with more than a little reptilian action. HBO recently revealed House of the Dragon‘s¬†first concept art for its¬†dragons, so we know the formidable beasts will at least appear on the show and likely play a central role. As for Smith, it¬†makes sense that¬†his character, a¬†great warrior for his family, would¬†have use for them in battle. HBO specifically says that Daemon possesses “the true blood of the dragon”‚ÄĒall Targaryens technically do, but like Dany, Daemon may have a¬†particular¬†connection to¬†them.

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