Paddy Considine’s relatively long career finally culminated in this short but hard-hitting stint on HBO’s fantasy series, Dragon House. His role as Viserys I Targaryen is marked by grandeur and pathos. Amid characters defined by political manipulation and shrewdness who are locked in an intergenerational game vying for power, Considine’s character mediates the calm and poise that remains tangibly absent from the Westerosi land of power-hungry tyrants.
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The mundane reign of Viserys I Targaryen
Paddy Considine’s Viserys has an unremarkable build-up. With no major wars or succession battles to mark his ascension, his seat to the Iron Throne was instead secured by a simple declaration from his predecessor. However, this simple declaration ushered in half a century of peace and prosperity under the reign of Viserys I, and the Targaryens remained a force of remarkable greatness thanks to a reign without terror or tyranny.
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Although Westeros celebrates the monotonous peace that comes with Viserys’ position at the helm, the crowd still begs for superficial entertainment through bloodshed and feasting. The reigning monarch bestows this luxury on his subjects – a smart, if not necessary, step to keep the crowds from frenzied. On the other hand, the unwarranted drama inside the walls of the Red Keep continues to spill out, always ending in a disappointing confrontation due to Viserys’ timely interventions.
Paddy Considine’s manifestation of this unremarkable, uneventful presence on the Iron Throne makes Viserys I Targaryen a worthy leader. And though the monarch questions his legacy as having been monochromatic and forgettable in the colorful history of kings and conquerors – “Will I be remembered as a good king? since he has neither “did not fight nor conquer nor suffer great defeat”this is Lyonel Strong’s answer that personifies the life of Viserys Targaryen in a nutshell — “Isn’t it better to live in peace than to have songs sung to you after your death?”
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Paddy Considine deserves this Emmy nomination
After an attenuating turn of events with Dragon House episode 8 titled The Lord of the Tides, it’s become clearer than ever that the show’s reigning patriarch, Paddy Considine deserves an Emmy for his tour de force. As fan appreciations and tweets roll out the red carpet for the actor’s deserving role, the series gathers momentum in the meantime as the succession battle gathers as a looming threat.
— average rengoku fan (@Raven45280604) October 10, 2022
I like how in the commentary he said Viserys was too human to be king and that’s really how he played it.
— 🧜🏽♀️ MsBrittany is a black mermaid 🙏🏽😇🙏🏽 (@MsBrittanyMusic) October 10, 2022
That’s why he’s probably the best king I’ve ever seen on screen. I never thought I was looking at a character or an actor the guy looked as real as a person can get
— Rain (@Rain_onceagain) October 10, 2022
Yeah, especially for that scene in the throne room. It was his episode.
— Daria Nikolaeva (@MrsSpooky1981) October 10, 2022
So deserved. Just give it to him!
— Lauren De Maio (@LaurenMDeMaio) October 10, 2022
Dragon House has now exceeded fan expectations after a dismal short stint in the build-up to mid-season. With the latest episode rated at a rare rating of 10 on IMDb, the game of thrones the universe considered him equal to the infamous Battle of the Bastards. With two more episodes before the grand season finale, Paddy Considine’s unforgettable performance as King Viserys, a warm and benevolent presence in a bloodthirsty kingdom, will be remembered for years to come. This is King Viserys, the first of his name.
Dragon House is currently streaming on HBO and HBO Max.