House of the Dragon: the Viserys of the series is better than that of the books according to George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin readily admitted that the interpretation of King Viserys in House of the Dragon was superior to his version in books.
After the An excellent eighth episode of House of the Dragon, the character of King Viserys gave his interpreter, Paddy Considine, true recognition for his moving performance, aided by a very successful character writing. Since the first episodes, the actor has never failed, managing to give reality to one of the most endearing figures in the universe of Game of Thrones. A feat that many hailed as the pacifist king did not have the easiest score to play.
The actor's memorable performance apparently owes a great deal to his own thinking about his character. Paddy Considine would thus have made the decision to play King Viserys more noble and good than he actually was in the base book, betting on the fact that the spectators would come to understand the true strength of a seemingly weak ruler. . A choice more than welcomed given the revelation of the actor, during an interview with GQ.
Indeed , Considine confided that George R.R Martin, father of Game of Thrones, would have preferred his version of Viserys to the original one. In any case, this is what he explained to GQ, in particular the way in which he wanted to go beyond the passive nature of his role to exacerbate its virtues:
“What I found most interesting about [Viserys] was that he was never corrupted by power. He just wanted peace. He wanted everyone to be happy, and that's what made him weak. So what would have made him more exciting? If he had been a dictator? Or a tyrant? Would that have been more satisfying? is not what it is.”
A bet that has largely paid off in view of the general reactions. Even the author of the books is said to have given his thumbs up: “I received a message simply saying, 'Your Viserys is better than my Viserys.' It was George R.R. Martin”. A nice compliment. But the writer did not stop there.
While many on social networks were already singing the praises of the comedian after his last episode in the series, the author of the novels to publish on his personal blog (Not a blog) a true praise of the series and the last episodes, further confirming all the good he thought of this version of Viserys:
“The character that [Paddy Considine] created (along with Ryan, Sara and Ti, and all the writers) for the show is so much more powerful, tragic and more alive than my own version […] so much so that I'm tried to destroy a few chapters of the book to rewrite the whole story of his reign. Paddy deserves an Emmy for this one episode. If he doesn't, it would be an injustice.”
A love letter for the actor among others from many fans. Meanwhile, Paddy Considine delivered touching thanks on Instagram, even taking the opportunity to reveal one of his character's secrets, which he took away even in his last words, in the very pretty final scene of episode 8.
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“Thank you for all of your kind messages. I can't reply to everyone, but I would like you to know that they have not escaped my notice. It has been an incredible adventure in which I have made many new friends which I will keep for the rest of my life. I would like to thank the creators of the series for allowing me the freedom to make my own Viserys.
I have never fallen in love with a character so much as this one. I would like to send all my love and my respect to Sian Brooke who was only on set for a few days, but whose brilliant performance changed my character's fate. Its impact remained until my last improvised lines.
She unlocked the final piece of the puzzle for me and allowed me to complete my character arc. From his death, I made Viserys. It was a love story. This is the secret I kept with him. As he fell ill, he never sought any treatment. He accepted the pain, never forgiving himself for the torture he had imposed on his wife for her last moments. Viserys was a gift. I'm honored that he found me. We part from now on.”
George Martin will thus be able to thank the actress Sian Brooke (interpreter of Aemma, the first wife of Viserys) who, through her performance , will apparently have given all the inspiration to Paddy Considine to sublimate his character.