All hail the Dragon King! Entertainment Weekly reports that actor Paddy Considine has been cast in the first lead role for HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

Now, Considine will play King Viserys I Targaryen. Here’s an official description of the character: 

King Viserys Targaryen is chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.

This character description provides a twofold service: an interesting look into Considine’s character and a potential plot reveal. House of the Dragon is based on George R. R. Martin‘s book Fire & Blood, which chronicles the Targaryen bloodline. Additionally, it’s set 300 years prior to the events in Game of Thrones. The Targaryen civil war known as “The Dance of Dragons” will be explored during the show’s tenure. 

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We also learned from Entertainment Weekly that Sara Lee Hess (Orange Is the New Black) has joined the writing and producing team for House of the Dragon. Hess was previously working on the other Game of Thrones prequel series. 

Paddy Considine is most known for HBO’s The Outsider and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. The British actor has a legendary career comprised of film, TV, and theater credits. I’ve no doubt he’ll be an exemplary Targaryen royal. Bring on the fire and blood! 

What do you think of Paddy Considine joining House of the Dragon as King Viserys I Targaryen? Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

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