‘He wants to rewrite the whole story of his reign’: George RR Martin hugely impressed with Paddy Considine’s King Viserys, believes not winning an Emmy for House of the Dragon would be a gross injustice

Dragon House actor Paddy Considine revealed that game of thrones author George RR Martin texted him to compliment him on his performance in the GOT spin-off, House of the Dragon.

Paddy Considine
Paddy Considine in The House of the Dragon

Dragon House is a prequel series, set 200 years before the events of game of thrones. The series is based on the novel by George RR Martin Fire & Bloodwhich depicts a civil war between House Targaryen known as ‘The Dance of the Dragons.’

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George RR Martine was impressed by Paddy Considine

Paddy Considine played King Viserys, a noble king who tries to hold his kingdom together as his health deteriorates, in the first eight episodes of the hit HBO series. The Companion The actor revealed in a new interview that Martin, the author of the novel the series is based on, approved of his take on the character.

The Peaky Blinders the actor revealed that the game of thrones the author messaged her and enjoyed her performance. He said,

“I got a text that just said, ‘Your Viserys is better than my Viserys’, it was from George RR Martin. And I thought, ‘This will do it. Thanks for trusting me.’”

House of the Dragon Episode 8 Witnesses the Looming War of Succession
House of the Dragon Episode 8 Witnesses the Looming War of Succession

During a Q&A video posted to Twitter ahead of the series premiere, George R.R. Martin also publicly praised Considine’s portrayal of Viserys. “King Viserys Targaryen I as portrayed by Paddy Considine in the show is better than how I wrote King Viserys in ‘Fire & Blood'” said Martin. “He’s stronger, he’s still conflicted, but he’s more of a tragic figure. He has aspects of King Lear going for him, dare I [say] that, and it made his portrayal really interesting to watch on the show.

Dragon House
King Viserys in House Of The Dragon

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Viserys spent much of Season 1 of Dragon House trapped in the heart of his family’s internal conflict. Despite Viserys’ efforts to reunite his loved ones throughout the season, Dragon House Episode 8 became a defining moment for Viserys and his family.

Paddy Considine defends his character from criticism

The actor defended the character against claims by some fans that he is monotonous, saying: “There’s this perception that he’s weak, which I think is absolutely absurd. He’s just too compassionate for the job. I think it was a sense of duty that got to him.

“He was the only person in this kingdom who had fucking morals. He holds everything together as long as he can. I thought he was a joy to play. He believed in duty above all else. I don’t know if people understood that correctly.

Rhaenyra House of the Dragon
Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon

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Spoilers for House Of The Dragon Season 1, Episode 8 ahead!!

The death of Viserys is probably the most crucial incident of the Dragon House‘s, with the King’s death serving as the spark for the Targaryen Civil War. Despite Rhaenyra’s undeniable claim to the Iron Throne, Alicent’s growing desire will no doubt force her to challenge the rightful position as Queen, especially after her final conversation with her late husband.

Sure, Dragon House could deviate from its source material, implying that the Iron Throne is now ready for anyone to take over. Dragon House is streaming on HBO Max.

Source: ScreenRant

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