House of the Dragon star’s tragic connection to Viserys death

House of the Dragon: HBO teases thrilling season finale

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Paddy Considine previously admitted he didn’t keep up with HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones spin-off, which debuted to massive acclaim this August. However, his wife did manage to convince him to watch his final moments as King Viserys Targaryen, and the House of the Dragon star couldn’t help thinking of the loss of his own father years before.

British star Paddy revealed he was reminded of his father’s deterioration from cancer when he watched back his final scenes as Viserys.

In the thrilling new Game of Thrones prequel, King Viserys has an iron grip on Westeros until he’s struck down by a mysterious illness.

As the years go by, the Targaryen leader grows increasingly weak, eventually becoming a frail remnant of his former self.

While Paddy revealed he isn’t a fan of watching his own performances, he made a rare exception when it came to his last moments in Westeros.

“I didn’t watch episode eight but my wife had watched it, and my daughter,” he recalled.

“And they were pretty upset with it. My wife said, ‘Just watch the end’.”

When he finally watched the pivotal episode, Paddy was struck by how much Viserys’ elderly appearance resembled his father.

“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,” the actor remembered.

“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 at the image of my dad when he was dying, the image of him, and it was shocking. It was really, really shocking to me,” he added on the Adam Buxton Podcast.

Although the series itself never names Viserys’ painful affliction, the actor later confirmed he was suffering from leprosy.

While Paddy’s father succumbed to a different illness, a number of physical symptoms were clearly similar and he was surprised by how much his own face resembled his late parent’s.

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He was especially shocked as he had actually based much of his performance on a different member of his family.

“I’d put so much of my mum’s characteristics into this character, Viserys,” Paddy said.

“But when I saw that I thought ‘That’s my dad’ and it was terrifying. So, it was pretty impactful stuff.”

Despite his reluctance to watch House of the Dragon, the Peaky Blinders and Hot Fuzz star still holds his performance in high regard.

“The King Viserys character in House of the Dragon,” he added. “I think that’s probably the greatest character I’ve ever played in my eyes. The story was right. The character was right.”

A second season was quickly confirmed by HBO after smashing records with its season premiere back in August.

Unfortunately, it’s not yet known when the Targaryen prequel will continue, though HBO chief Casey Bloys has hinted at a 2024 return.

House of the Dragon is available to stream on HBO Max in the USA and Sky Go and NOW in the UK.

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