Game of Thrones prequel cast: Who is King Viserys Targaryen as Paddy Considine cast?

Game of Thrones prequel cast: Who is King Viserys Targaryen as Paddy Considine cast?

October 6, 2020

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HBO’s highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series is setting in the gears in motion. The first cast member has now been announced with British actor Paddy Considine signing on the dotted line to lead the cast as the wise King Viserys Targaryen. Express.co.uk delves into Westeros history to look at who exactly this figure was and his role in the history of the Seven Kingdoms.

Who is King Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones?

Considine will be playing the legendary King Viserys Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

According to reports from Deadline, the monarch has been chosen by the lords and noblemen of Westeros to sit on the Iron Throne.

Compared to some of his forebears, King Viserys is a wise and gentle ruler who is looking to good across his kingdom.

However, the report ominously suggests: “But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”

So, it looks like things won’t bode well with King Viserys and he could suffer a similar fate to Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean).

A Wiki of Ice and Fire states Viserys is the fifth Targaryen king of Westeros and succeeded his grandfather, the Old King Jaehaerys I.

While Viserys seeks to maintain peace and order across the lands, little does he realise his child will be sowing the seeds of destruction.

His reign will lead to the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons which will see the Targaryen line of succession contested by other family members.

House of the Dragon sounds like a new battle of succession but this time it will be in-fighting between Viserys’ children Rhaenyra Targaryen and Aegon II Targaryen.

While Rhaenyra is Viserys’ successor, she will have stiff competition from Aegon who wishes to claim the Iron Throne for himself.

The Game of Thrones wiki goes on to state he was a gentle man, who was generous and eager to please.

King Viserys’ entry goes on to state: “Though Viserys was never considered strong willed, he was not pliable or indecisive either, when he made a choice he was unwavering and firmly stood by his decision.”

However, it looks like he could still be swayed by others in court with more a more nefarious agenda.

King Viserys is not to be confused with his maniacal descendant (Harry Lloyd) who shares his namesake and appears in Game of Thrones.

The events of House of the Dragon takes place a long time before Game of Thrones when the Viserys viewers are familiar with wasn’t even born. 

While British viewers are familiar with Considine already thanks to his collaborations with Shane Meadows and his roles in the likes of The suspicions of Mr Whicher, he has gained international recognition.

Considine has appeared in Peaky Blinders and Informer and more recently in the HBO dramas The Outsider and The Third Day.

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