House of the Dragon: Paddy Considine says George RR Martin told him ‘your Viserys is better than my Viserys’

Paddy Considine has opened up about a text message he received from George RR Martin about his performance in House of the Dragon.

The British actor has starred in Game of Thrones spin-off series as the Targaryen family patriarch and King Viserys Targaryen.

*Major spoilers for House of the Dragon episode eight below – you have been warned*

Throughout the series, Viserys’ health has been slowly deteriorating, with Sunday’s (October 9) night’s episode shows him taking his last breath as he pleaded for “no more” pain.

In a new interview with GQ Hyperevealed Considine that his portrayal of Viserys had been given the ultimate stamp of approval by Game of Thrones the creator Martin himself.

“I got a text that just said, ‘Your Viserys is better than my Viserys,'” he said.

“It was from George RR Martin. And I thought: that does it. Thanks for trusting me.”

Another place in the interview is Hot Fuzz star said he didn’t understand fans who suggested his House of the Dragon character was boring.

“He was the only person in this kingdom who had any goddamn morals,” Considine said. “He holds everything together as long as he absolutely can. I thought he was a joy to play. He believed in duty above all. I don’t know if people have quite got it right.

“There’s a perception that he’s weak, which I think is absolute nonsense. He’s just too compassionate for the job. I think the sense of duty is what got him.”

You can read the biggest talking points from House of the Dragon episode eight here.

House of the Dragon continues in the UK Sky Atlantic Ocean Mondays at 02.00, before they are repeated at 21.00 later the same day. It is also available to watch NOW.

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