When Smith first saw his dragon, Caraxes, on screen in all its CGI glory, he was impressed. “I think it looks cool,” he shared. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a big f**king dragon.'”
According to Smith, Daemon and Caraxes are two peas in one pod and have a “strange symbiosis” between them. “They’re grumpy, belligerent, kind of loners,” he said. “And I think, in a lot of ways, his dragon is one of the only people who really understands him. I think that’s why he treats him like that, like people do. sometimes do with dogs… there’s a strange thing, almost like an avatar-ness, to both.”
However, creating scenes where real-life actors ride those massive f**king dragons required hours on set with what D’Arcy describes as a “dead dog” levitating. 10 feet in the air. While Smith said the experience was amazing, he did admit that after riding the horses for more than 10 hours while they kept pouring rain and wind made him eager for the day to be over.
Alcock agreed with Smith’s assessment of the long production days of dragon riding and described the experience as “incredibly mundane”.
“I mean, it was fun,” she admitted. “But I go to work because I want to work with great actors and I want to work with great actors. When you’re alone on the soundstage for 12 hours and you’re on day three, you’re on your own. like, “Oh, please. Give me something else to do.” But the novelty of it is something I’ll keep in my heart forever.”
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