Paddy Considine has been reflecting on his final scenes on Game of Thrones.
Describes Viserys as “the greatest character I’ve ever played”.
His wife and daughter were upset while watching the scene
Paddy Considine, the original House of the Dragon star, has been reflecting on his final moments on the show after watching back his final scene as “the greatest character I’ve ever played.”
Viserys, regarded by many as the show’s heart as a good man in an almost impossible situation, was seen in failing health for much of the series due to an infection acquired from a wound that refused to heal – causing a form of what he described as “leprosy” while on the West of Westeros podcast – giving his character a tragic sense of impending doom. Unlike the majority of Game of Thrones’ deaths, viewers saw this one coming – and it didn’t make it any easier.
Considine and his immediate family were included in that number, with the actor revealing on The Adam Buxton Podcast that his wife and daughter were upset while watching the scene, and his wife urging him to simply watch the ending.
“I didn’t watch episode eight but my wife had watched it, and my daughter, and they were pretty upset with it. My wife said, ‘Just watch the end. Years ago, I’d watched my dad die of cancer and he just went downhill rapidly from being diagnosed to being on death’s door. You know, he became skeletal so rapidly. So, when [my wife] showed me that end thing and my face came up I just burst into tears because I looked the image of my dad when he was dying, the image of him, and it was shocking. It was really, really shocking to me.I’d put so much of my mum’s characteristics into this character, Viserys, but when I saw that I thought ‘That’s my dad’ and it was terrifying. So, it was pretty impactful stuff. The King Viserys character in House of the Dragon, I think that’s probably the greatest character I’ve ever played in my eyes. The story was right. The character was right.”
The HBO fantasy epic series wrapped up its highly successful first season earlier this year, and the second season is currently in pre-production.
The first season premiere broke HBO viewership records, with nearly 10 million people tuning in to see the return of Westeros.
House of the Dragon is a series based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, which tells the story of the legendary, and infamous, Targaryen family – and the civil war that brought down their once great house.
HBO Max currently has all eight seasons of Game of Thrones and the first season of House of the Dragon available for streaming.
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