House of the Dragon pulled off a streaming miracle on Sunday night while crashing servers at HBO Max, and one character held instant intrigue for fans. That would be the so-called “rogue prince” himself, Daemon Targaryen. He’s portrayed by Matt Smith, who already warned the world that he might have too many sex scenes. Certainly, his introduction into that realm was something else. Daemon had performance issues, it seems. Daemon’s very distracted by forever lurking in the shadow of his brother (although he’s one of Our Contenders) for the throne, so who could blame him?
Prince “HotD” (or lack thereof) moniker aside, people love to make comparisons, and after watching one episode, a lot of people are already ready to slap the chaos-causing character with a label. Because Daemon is such a presumptive butthole who’s maneuvering like crazy, and people already love him, Homelander of The Boys is already popping up in Twitter conversation.
Daemon Targaryen after being a complete asshole but becoming everyone’s fave character pic.twitter.com/6l9eJMafLF
— (@dustinspoirier) August 22, 2022
— Kaio-Ken & Valyrian Steel (@RatchetSensei) August 22, 2022
Is this an accurate comparison? Give it time, everyone. Certainly, Daemon is morally grey, but Homelander is straight-up amoral. It’s too (extremely) soon to call this one, but there’s something to be said about the discussion that’s already ongoing, and of course, there are also fears (as you’ll see below) that this could turn into a situation where some people realize (in a few seasons) that they were rooting for someone terrible. Again, there’s no way to predict what shall happen, but it’s nice to already have a new batch of characters to obsess over, so soon after Better Call Saul ended. And yes, someone threw out a Gus Fring too…
Daemon Targaryen giving off real homelander vibes
— yall scared of a lil revolution? (@abnormaljoe_) August 22, 2022
daemon targaryen my homelander
— wolfgang (@johdevu) August 22, 2022
daemon targaryen homelander de westeros
— vini (@shivabaiby) August 22, 2022
I want Daemon going full on batshit. I think this character has the ability to be on par with some of the greatest tv villains, like Gus Fring, or Homelander. https://t.co/f4H0SYuDfX
— Cornbread Johnson (@HPBateman) August 22, 2022
No ví nada todavía, pero por lo que leo ¿DAEMON TARGARYEN EL NUEVO HOMELANDER? PIENSO. pic.twitter.com/xK3gsk1jzO
— Samira (@lasamirasoledad) August 22, 2022
No dudo que Daemon Targaryen y Homelander son primos. pic.twitter.com/bH8790Xp46
— Pitermm (@pitermm) August 22, 2022
HBO’s House of the Dragon airs on Sundays at 9:00pm EST.