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George RR Martin: "Paddy deserves an Emmy for this episode alone."

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George RR Martin on Paddy Considine's performance after the premiere of House of the Dragon episode 8.


Kudos to Eileen Shim, the scriptwriter, to Geeta Patel, the director, to our incredible cast… and particularly to Paddy Considine, for his portrayal of King Viserys, the First of His Name.   The character he created (with Ryan and Sara and Ti and the rest of our writers) for the show is so much more powerful and tragic and fully-fleshed than my own version in FIRE & BLOOD that I am half tempted to go back and rip up those chapters and rewrite the whole history of his reign.   Paddy deserves an Emmy for this episode alone.   If he doesn’t get one, hey, there’s no justice.

I think this quote says it all.

I've been a very vocal King Viserys critic but perhaps that's because Paddy has played him so well. I agree with George. That Paddy's performance really is multilayered. His portrayal of Viserys feels much more fully realized than in the books. While reading about the book character I didn't have much sympathy for him. He was the guy that left a major headache for his wife, brother and children to solve. But in this show he comes across as more of a broken man. Due to the grief of losing his wife he makes an unfortunate decision regarding marriage and it all cascades from their as he his surrounded by others in his court that lust for his throne and were willing to do anything to gain power and influence. 

The one noble that he could rely on was killed by his own son! So sad.

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