House of the Dragon actor Paddy Considine – who performs King Viserys I on the Recreation of Thrones prequel collection – has addressed the king’s ever-worsening sickness.
Talking on Leisure Weekly’s West of Westeros (opens in new tab) podcast (H/T Winter is Coming (opens in new tab)), Considine confirmed that the king’s sores and lacking fingers are a results of a “type of leprosy.”
“His physique is deteriorating, his bones are deteriorating. He isn’t really outdated. He’s nonetheless a younger man in there. He’s simply bought this factor that’s taken over his physique,” Considine revealed, whereas additionally referencing the way it ties into Home of the Dragon’s persevering with energy battle.
“It turns into a metaphor for being king, and the stress and pressure that it places on you, and what it does to you bodily, what it does to you mentally,” Considine mentioned.
Given Home of the Dragon’s clear medieval parallels, leprosy might – and doubtless will – be a loss of life sentence for Viserys. The House of the Dragon episode 5 trailer has already hammered house the opportunity of a battle over the Iron Throne, whereas the monarch can be seen in some misery in the course of the temporary teaser.
Change is sweeping throughout the entire of Westeros – and that extends to the actors themselves. The characters of Rhaenyra, Alicent, Laenor, and Leana will be recast after a 10-year time jump. Whether or not the king can be there may be unsure – however issues aren’t wanting good for the Targaryen ruler.
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