George RR Martin admits this character is better than the one in his book
These are words that must be very pleasant to hear. The British author George RR Martin, at the origin of the literary saga game of thrones a novel Fire & Blood hence the HBO series Dragon House draws inspiration, comes to praise a character. Better, it is even better written in the series than the novelist ever described it in his book. That is to say. But this is above all, according to the writer, due to the formidable acting of the actor in question.
Attention, the rest of the article includes SPOILERS on the eighth episode of the series Dragon House. We advise you to go your way if you do not want to read it.
The war is getting closer than ever
The release of episode 8 of Dragon House sees the Dance of the Dragons draw ever closer, as the last bulwark in the conflict, King Viserys I, continues his slow agony.
Indeed, the fateful hour is approaching as the series makes a new major time jump, which has forced the production to engage new players to play Jacaerys, Aemond and Aegon, the children of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. An episode 8 which oscillated between a setting up tensions between the children of the green and black camps et periods of calm mainly staged by the decrepitude of King Viserys I and the fate that awaits him.
a performance hailed by the novelist himself
Indeed, this episode largely lingered on the slow agony of the kingnailed to his deathbed and experiencing the most terrible difficulties in expressing himself. This gives rise to more moving scenes, which sound like a farewell to the character. It must be said that if the gradual fall of Viserys I has always been explained very early in the series, the episode refocuses the character on himself, and on the last words of love he can address to his large family on the verge of breaking up.
But these feelings which cross the spectator throughout this 8th act would not be so powerful without the big interpretation of the main interested party, Paddy Considine. Indeed, in addition to the efforts made by the make-up artists to give credibility to the decomposition of the character, Considine’s acting brings a big plus. His tone of voice, his movements, his breaths, his moments of bewilderment, nothing is left to chance.
George RR Martin in person commented on this performance in his blog, and was full of praise on the 49-year-old actor:
For years, as some of you may recall, I’ve said that the TV version of Shae, as played by Sibel Kekilli, was a deeper, richer, more nuanced character than the Shae from my novels.
Along the same lines, I’m very impressed with the show’s version of King Viserys, played by Paddy Considine, who gives the character a tragic majesty that the Viserys in my book never quite achieved.”
Martin also publicly the eulogy of the portrait of Viserys by Considine during a fan Q&A video shared on Twitter.
King Viserys Targaryen I as portrayed by Paddy Considine in the show is better than how I wrote King Viserys in ‘Fire and Blood. He’s stronger, he’s still conflicted, but he’s a more tragic figure. He has aspects of King Lear, dare I say, and that made his portrayal really interesting to watch on the show.”
I received an SMS that simply said: ‘Your Viserys is better than my Viserys'”
For his part, Considine confirmed in an interview with GQ Magazine that Martin approved of his version of the character.
I got a text that just said, ‘Your Viserys is better than my Viserys,'” the 49-year-old actor recalled. “It was from George RR Martin. And I thought, ‘This will do it. Thanks for trusting me.'”
The actor also took the opportunity to talk about his character’s alleged weakness in the face of his duty as king, speaking instead of a compassionate and very human man. :“There’s this perception that he’s weak, which I think is absolutely absurd. He’s just too compassionate for this job. I think a sense of duty is what got to him.”Considine said. “What I found really interesting about him was that he wasn’t corrupted by power. He just wanted peace. made weak.”
A character constantly in doubt and in-between since the beginning of the series, but which makes him tragic and interesting. Here is a nice farewell to the series from Paddy Considine, since we understand that his character takes its last breath at the end of the episode. In any case, this was confirmed by Geet Patel, the director of the eighth episode to the media. Weekly entertainment recently.