‘House of the Dragon’: Paddy Considine Shares Why Viserys ‘Shouldn’t Really Be a King’

  • King Viserys makes questionable choices throughout House of the Dragon.
  • Paddy Considine shared why his character “shouldn’t really be a king.”
  • Viserys will leave a complicated legacy behind after he dies.
Paddy Considine as King Viserys in 'House of the Dragon,' which has repeatedly highlighted his illness. In the image, he's wearing his crown and looking at something off-screen.
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen | Ollie Upton/HBO

House of the Dragon opens with Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) on the Iron Throne, but the Game of Thrones prequel raises questions about what kind of king he is. From the matter of his succession to his priorities for the realm, Viserys often acts in ways that leave the audience — and the people he’s ruling — feeling perplexed. And according to House of the Dragon star Paddy Considine, his character “shouldn’t really be a king.” Although he’s got good intentions, that’s not always enough to be a successful leader.


While most leaders in Westeros strive to manipulate those around them and strengthen their grip on the throne, Viserys is more easygoing. In fact, one could argue he’s a bit too easygoing.