Well, here’s one thing: House of the Dragon has in common with the original Game of Thrones: apparently a lot of sex.
Matt Smith, the doctor who veteran who stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen in the HBO prequel series, got candid about his character’s intimate scenes in the show with rolling stone UK And he personally thinks there is “a little too much” of everything.
“You find yourself asking yourself, ‘Do we need? another sex scene?'” Smith said. “And they say, ‘Yeah, we do.’ I think you should ask yourself, ‘What are you doing? Do you represent the books, or do you dilute the books to represent the time? [we’re living in]?’ And I actually think it’s your job to present the books truthfully and honestly, as they are written.”
When asked if he has his fair share of bedroom scenes, he replied, “Yeah — a little too much, if you ask me.” But hey, this could be good news for anyone who loves Smith without his shirt on!
The actor previously told EW that unlike some of his co-stars, he’d seen the original Game of Thrones. So if he thinks there’s too much sex, then maybe there is.
EW saw the premiere episode of House of the Dragon and can confirm that we’re getting a sex scene from Smith’s Daemon quite early.
Ollie Upton/HBO Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen dons jousting gear in HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’.
House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones at a time when the Targaryen Empire was at its peak in Westeros. It’s the story of how this once opulent and powerful dynasty fell after… what else? The succession to the Iron Throne.
As brother of King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine), Prince Daemon has a claim to the throne. But when the Guardian of the Realms cannot father a male heir, he names his firstborn, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, his only heir. (Milly Alcock will first play Rhaenyra as a teenager before Emma D’Arcy later takes on the role of adult Rhaenyra.) The lords of Westeros swear fealty to her, but the matter becomes even more complicated when Viserys marries in later years. again and has a son, the young Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney). The empire is split in two, leading to a devastating civil war called the Dance of the Dragons.
The show’s sexual depictions have become a talking point for House of the Dragonpremiere. Miguel Sapochnik, a co-showrunner and director of the series, said: The Hollywood Reporter that the producers had approached on-screen sexual assault “cautiously, thoughtfully”, but added: “[We] don’t shy away from it. If anything, we’re going to shine a light on that aspect. You cannot ignore the violence perpetrated by men against women at the time. It should not be trivialized and it should not be glorified.”
After some public criticism, executive producer Sara Hess clarified: Vanity Fair“We don’t depict sexual violence on the show. We cover one instance off-screen and instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the perpetrator’s mother. I think what our show does and what I’m proud of, is that we choose to focus on the violence against women inherent in a patriarchal system.”
House of the Dragon premieres August 21 on HBO.
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