House of the Dragon writer Sarah Hess opened up about fan reactions to Daemon Targaryen.
The evil prince, played by Matt Smith, made a strong impression by murdering his wife and then marrying his niece.
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The proven truth that Daemon has become a fan favorite "stunned" Hess, she told The Hollywood Reporter.Milly Alcock and Matt Smith in The House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)
She said: "He's become an internet friend in a way that amazes me. Not that Matt isn't extremely charismatic and awesome, and he's amazing in that position. But Daemon himself is... I don't need him to be my friend!"
Hess added: "I'm a little surprised at how they all say, 'Oh dad! And I'm the same as, 'Really?' How - in what way - was he a great partner to someone, father or brother? You understood me. It's not Paul Rudd.
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The Game of Thrones spin-off was a huge hit when it premiered in September and was HBO's most-watched premiere of all time.
Only one episode remains from the first season, the trailer in which Daemon teases how he tries to steal a dragon as civil war breaks out between the Targaryen households.
House of the Dragon airs Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.
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