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He has accumulated an impressive bodycount, but that doesn’t seem to stop fans from thirsting after Matt Smith’s House Of The Dragon character Daemon Targaryen.

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, the show’s producer and writer Sara Hess expressed puzzlement at why fans are so enamored of Daemon while chatting with director Clare Kilner.

The two delved into the character’s appeal to fans after the penultimate episode of season one, in which Daemon showed his love for his ailing brother King Viserys by helping him to the Iron Throne and defended his wife Rhaenyra with a bloody sacrifice.

Doesn't get it: House Of The Dragon writer and producer Sara Hess  was puzzled about fans' love for Matt Smith's character Daemon Targaryen during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter; still from House Of The Dragon

Doesn’t get it: House Of The Dragon writer and producer Sara Hess  was puzzled about fans’ love for Matt Smith’s character Daemon Targaryen during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter; still from House Of The Dragon

THR noted Daemon helping Viserys, which was mentioned by several fans on social media, though the outlook suggested that it may just have been self-serving, as he was hoping the king would rule in his daughter Rhaenyra’s favor.

‘I agree with you. He’s become Internet Boyfriend in a way that baffles me,’ Hess replied, before adding that Smith is ‘incredibly charismatic and wonderful, and he’s incredible in the role.’

‘But Daemon himself is … I don’t want him to be my boyfriend! I’m a little baffled how they’re all, “Oh, daddy!” And I’m just like: “Really?” How — in what way — was he a good partner, father or brother — to anybody? You got me. He ain’t Paul Rudd.’

Kilner added her agreement, but said she loved ‘the fact people are so involved with these characters.’

Puzzling: 'He’s become Internet Boyfriend in a way that baffles me,' Hess said, before adding that Smith is 'incredibly charismatic and wonderful, and he’s incredible in the role'; seen with Emma D'Arcy

Puzzling: ‘He’s become Internet Boyfriend in a way that baffles me,’ Hess said, before adding that Smith is ‘incredibly charismatic and wonderful, and he’s incredible in the role’; seen with Emma D’Arcy

Not a fan: 'I don’t want him to be my boyfriend! I’m a little baffled how they’re all, "Oh, daddy!" And I’m just like: "Really?" How — in what way — was he a good partner, father or brother — to anybody ? You got me. He ain’t Paul Rudd,' she continued; seen in August in London

Not a fan: ‘I don’t want him to be my boyfriend! I’m a little baffled how they’re all, “Oh, daddy!” And I’m just like: “Really?” How — in what way — was he a good partner, father or brother — to anybody ? You got me. He ain’t Paul Rudd,’ she continued; seen in August in London

‘One minute you like someone, and the next minute you like someone else. But I’m not surprised,’ she continued. ‘Matt is such a risk-taker in his performances and he’s got that little smile and, you know … you can’t help it! He is charismatic. People love a baddie. But I don’t think he’s particularly a good father or a good brother.’

Some fans were particularly upset by those comments on social media, as they thought they show was focused on Daemon’s misdeeds in the latter episodes of the first season, while downplaying the supposedly legitimate love he has for his family members.

Hess signaled that Daemon would be portrayed in a more simplistic, black-and-white manner with the upcoming first season finale, as well as the upcoming second season.

‘We will see a different side of him,’ Hess said. ‘And right now, we’re writing season two and figuring out, what is the nature of his relationship with Rhaenyra? There are many interpretations [in author George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood book] to that.’

Smoothed out: Hess signaled that Daemon would be portrayed in a more simplistic, black-and-white manner with the upcoming first season finale, as well as the upcoming second season, to make him a more traditional villain; still from House Of The Dragon

Smoothed out: Hess signaled that Daemon would be portrayed in a more simplistic, black-and-white manner with the upcoming first season finale, as well as the upcoming second season, to make him a more traditional villain; still from House Of The Dragon

Can't get enough: Following episode nine, several fans took to Twitter to share their love of Smith's portrayal of Daemon

Can’t get enough: Following episode nine, several fans took to Twitter to share their love of Smith’s portrayal of Daemon

Loving it: Another gushed about, 'Daemon literally risking his life by going to wake up and claim a dragon named vermithon who belonged to King Jahaerys's just to help defend Rhaenyra,' adding, 'He's the most devoted malewife ever'

Loving it: Another gushed about, ‘Daemon literally risking his life by going to wake up and claim a dragon named vermithon who belonged to King Jahaerys’s just to help defend Rhaenyra,’ adding, ‘He’s the most devoted malewife ever’

Following episode nine, several fans took to Twitter to share their love of Smith’s portrayal of Daemon.

‘The sluttiest thing a male character can do is be insane and love his wife and daemon is ready to drag down to hell anyone who puts his family on danger. i love that very much,’ one fan wrote. 

Another gushed about, ‘Daemon literally risking his life by going to wake up and claim a dragon named vermithon who belonged to King Jahaerys’s just to help defend Rhaenyra,’ adding, ‘He’s the most devoted malewife ever.’ 

One fan even noted that Smith seemed to be in on how much some of his fans were infatuated with his character.

‘Today matt smith was at an event looking stunning and signed something as “Daddy Daemon,” a fan shared, adding, ‘im not well.’ 

He gets it: One fan even noted that Smith seemed to be in on how much some of his fans were infatuated with his character

He gets it: One fan even noted that Smith seemed to be in on how much some of his fans were infatuated with his character

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