Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon released, recently premiered its first episode and the show has already received a huge response from fans. Matt Smith’s act as Prince Daemon Targaryen, in particular, has caught everyone’s attention. Showrunner Ryan Condal recently spoke about the decision to approach Smith for the show, which has been part of other big projects such as Doctor Who and The Crown.

House of the Dragon showrunners, both Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, recalled that Matt Smith would be interesting for a pivotal role on the show. The actor who was cast on the show as the mercurial Daemon Targaryen has previously played another on-screen prince and it just so happens Prince Philip at The Crown. Condal spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the strange connection between the two.

Ryan said he was impressed with Matt: “I was a huge fan of The Crown, and the performance Matt played in those two seasons told me everything you needed to know about the actor – he can disappear into those roles. Oddly enough, Prince Philip shares some crossover characteristics with Daemon.”

As for Smith, the actor himself was also reluctant to take on the role. Matt also admitted that one of the main factors why he came on board was after Paddy Considine was cast as King Viserys. The actor insisted that he was an admirer of Considine and wanted to work with him. The first season of House of the Dragon will consist of ten episodes.

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