From episode one of House of the Dragon, we knew Paddy Considine’s performance as King Viserys Targaryen was one to watch. Considine’s performance in this week’s episode stole the show, with the Internet buzzing about his performance afterward, calling it Emmy-worthy.
But fans weren’t the only ones who loved Considine’s portrayal of Viserys— George R.R. Martin himself sent the actor a text after the episode, praising Considine’s performance.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR EPISODE 8 OF HOUSE OF THE DRAGON
In an interview with GQ Hype, Considine revealed that he received a text from author George R.R. Martin that simply read, “Your Viserys is better than my Viserys.”
“It was from George R.R. Martin. And I thought, ‘That’ll do it. Thanks for trusting me,” Considine said about Martin’s text.
Episode eight of House of the Dragon, titled “The Lord of the Tides,” brought about the moment we all knew was coming: the death of King Viserys. While fans expected it to be a rather sad event, they weren’t prepared for the powerhouse performance by Paddy Considine leading up to the moment Viserys took his final breath.
Fans immediately took to Twitter to praise the actor’s final performance as the character. Many even went as far as to say they see an Emmy nomination and potential win in Considine’s future.
Take a look at what some people had to say below:
Fans aren’t the only ones raving about the performance, though.
In a blog post from October 11, Martin elaborated on his appreciation for Considine’s portrayal of Viserys, writing, “The character [Considine and the writers] created for the show is so much more powerful and tragic and fully-fleshed than my own version in Fire & Blood that I am half tempted to go back and rip up those chapters and rewrite the whole history of his reign.”
“Paddy deserves an Emmy for this episode alone,” Martin wrote. “If he doesn’t get one, hey, there’s no justice.”
That same day, Considine took to Instagram to thank fans for the outpour of support and praise he’s received. He wrote, “I have never loved a character so much.”
He also praised Sian Brooke, who played Aemma Arryn, Viserys’ first wife, in the show.
“She unlocked the missing piece of the puzzle for me, and allowed my story to come full circle,” Considine wrote.
“From the moment [Aemma] dies, so does Viserys. It was a love story. That’s the secret I carried with me. As sick as [Viserys] gets, he never, himself, demands any cure. He quietly accepts his suffering, never forgiving himself for putting his beloved wife through such torture in her final moments.”
I think I speak for us all when I say Paddy Considine’s performance as Viserys was spectacular and truly Emmy-worthy.
Considine wrote, “Viserys was a gift. I am so honoured he found me. Now, no more.”