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Paddy Considine, who performs who performs King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon, shared an in depth evaluation of his character’s psychological state, and the household dynamics at play in the course of the first episode of the sequence.
In an interview with The Wrap, Considine unpacked the psychological undercurrents driving his character in the course of the pivotal change with the king’s youthful brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) within the Throne Room.
“That’s the first sort of wedge that’s driven between the brothers. And, you know, it’s a very – it’s a big moment. Because Viserys has his responsibility as king, his brother’s insulted him. He’s always defending his brother. He tells him, ‘You’re the only ally I have in that room. And this is how you’ve treated me?!’ I mean, it cuts deep because [Queen] Aemma’s the absolute love of his life. Another baby’s lost and his wife with it. And I think it’s probably that, however it was said, it was just Viserys in his grief interprets it as a terrible insult.”
Prince Daemon’s incapability to understand and empathize together with his brother’s grief fractures their emotional bond, and modifications the course of historical past. Daemon’s thoughtless conduct makes Viserys weak to the advances of Alicent (Olivia Cooke), the daughter of the king’s bold hand Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). The scene is a strong lesson within the significance of compassion in nourishing and preserving relationships.
Ultimately, the brash prince’s impatience and emotions of frustration, coupled with Viserys’ aching sense of betrayal, sow seeds of division that may finally fracture their household and result in the bloody energy wrestle on the coronary heart of the George R.R. Martin novel A Dance of Dragons on which the sequence is predicated.
House of the Dragon is set two centuries before the events depicted in Game of Thrones in the course of the apex of Targaryen energy, when King Viserys had command of greater than fifteen dragons. It provides a captivating glimpse into the occasions that result in the autumn of the Targaryen empire.
House of the Dragon is streaming on HBO Max.