Ever since Matt Smith was confirmed for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, people have been writing articles and social media posts questioning whether they can picture the former Doctor Who star as a Targaryen. Clearly, that means a white wig is coming. And some very dignified, fantasy-style outfit fitting of a Targaryen. While the series takes place 3,000 years before Game of Thrones, anyone who’s watched that show recognizes the Targaryen style. Can Matt Smith look like that? Well, now we’ve got a glimpse for ourselves! Confirming both that the actor is in fact going to be falling in line with the traditional look of a member of the Targaryen family, and that Cornwall is a filming location for the show, we’ve got pictures! Take a look at the Twitter post showing them off below.
Here, you’re seeing the characters Rhaenyra Targaryen and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith. Rhaenyra is a dragonrider. Her outfit here matches a lot of the descriptions from the A Song of Fire and Ice book series. Her character was early on called the Realm’s Delight, but she’s later known for being quick to anger. This seems to be a common Targaryen trait. She is married to her uncle, Daemon, who is her second husband. Daemon is also a dragonrider and known for being both charming, and, you guessed it, quick to anger. Oh, those Targaryens. Matt Smith’s character is going to be a skilled warrior. Fans of the actor from Doctor Who may think of him as being a touch clumsy. In fact, people behind the scenes have also noted that he’s a clutz. This may be part of what makes it difficult to picture him as a charming and dangerous character.
However, Matt Smith showed some range when he played Prince Philip for the Netflix series The Crown. Hopefully, these photos of him in costume on set will help fans better visualize what we’re in for from his performance.
While the actor is a big draw for the series, it already has a lot to makes audiences curious. First, there’s that controversial ending for Game of Thrones. That may not sound like something that would make audiences “curious” and more wary, but it actually may make fans who missed those earlier seasons of the show hungry for something to change their disappointing feelings about the world they so came to love. Then, of course, there are the dragons. Game of Thornes fans always wanted more dragons. As mentioned above, Matt Smith’s character is a dragonrider. While HBO has given us very little about the show so far, they have given us concept art for the dragons. Take a peek.
The other big note of interest for this series right now is that the A Song of Fire and Ice author, George R.R. Martin, is a co-showrunner and writer on the show. He’s working with Ryan Condal. This is promising, since the creator of these characters will have more insight to writing them. Of course, it irritates Martin’s fans who are waiting on his next novel.
We don’t yet know when HBO Max will be releasing House of the Dragon, but it’ll likely be at least a year, since filming has just begun. Most are guessing that we will see the show in 2022. That’s a long wait to get a better look at Matt Smith in character, but hopefully these first looks will give audiences a better idea of what’s coming.