Criston Cole knocks Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) off his horse in the pilot episode of House of the Dragon, causing some tension between the two Westerosi nobles. But both Matt Smith and Fabien Frankel also wondered if there might be romantic chemistry there as well.
Frankel told The Times, “I remember Matt saying, ‘Maybe Criston and Daemon are flirting.’ It’s funny because I thought so privately, but I didn’t want to say anything if it felt controversial.” Frankel continued, “Matt is sexy as fuck on this show, he’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.”
It sounds like Frankel really wanted Cole and Daemon to explore that chemistry. Pop Crave covered it Twitter that during an appearance at Comic Con Stockholm in November 2022, Fabian remarked that he was jealous that Milly Alcock was allowed to kiss Smith in season 1, while he was never allowed to do so.
Certainly Daemon and Criston are both handsome, competitive, and impulsively violent men. They end up on different sides of the Targaryen Civil War, but they have more in common than they care to admit. No wonder Rhaneyra is attracted to both of them. Who knows? Perhaps Criston and Daemon have even more electrifying, even homoerotic, scenes together in the next season of the HBO drama.