The Peaky Blinders actor, 49 has been praised for his ‘acting masterclass’ as the king who shouldn’t have been king.
Fans of the show have now taken to social media to say that Considine’s performances throughout the series are worthy of an Emmy award.
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One person wrote on Twitter: “Paddy Considine, I will FIGHT for your Emmy award!”
Another said: “Paddy Considine, you deserve an Emmy for your portrayal of King Viserys.
“I had to pause tonight’s episode because I couldn’t see through my tears.”
“Give Paddy Considine an Emmy award right the f*** now for his portrayal of Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon,” added a third. “He rightfully deserves it from seven hells and back!”
A fourth wrote: “If Paddy Considine doesn’t win an Emmy next year for the sheer acting masterclass he put on tonight in House of the Dragon, then there’s no point having those awards.
“His performance as Viserys is easily one the greatest ever in the Game of Thrones universe.”
On Facebook, one fan said Considine had produced one of the ‘greatest single-episode performances’ in Thrones history, adding: “All hail Paddy Considine!”
Episode 8 of House of the Dragon picks up six years after the previous, the highly-rated ‘Driftmark’, with House Velaryon facing a succession crisis with Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) seriously wounded in the Stepstones.
Viewers have long known that Viserys’ days were numbered as he’s been plagued by illness, while anger grew in his court over his choice of heir, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy, formerly Milly Alcock).
After unintentionally causing chaos amid efforts to unite his feuding family and prevent civil war in the most recent episode, Viserys died, marking Considine’s final appearance.
‘The Lord of the Tides’ shows Viserys cutting a gruesome figure, with half of his deteriorating face hidden by bandages or a gold mask.
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Last Spring, Considine spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in a previously unpublished interview about Viserys’ fate, calling the character’s final moments ‘very noble and dignified’.
He said: “He’s suffering terribly from an affliction. He basically gets a form of leprosy that creeps into the body, his bones start to fail him.
“His lungs start to fail him. He’s just dying a slow and horrible death. By the end of it, he looks like an old man. He’s not! He’s a young man.
“He’s only so many years older than his brother, Daemon [Targaryen]. But it’s aged him. And it’s a metaphor for what power does to people, even though he doesn’t use it for his own personal gain.
“He doesn’t get drunk on the power, he’s responsible.
“But, the demands of being a king take their toll on the physical body.”
Considine said it was ‘interesting’ playing the decline in his character, who he said was ‘just trying to do good’.
He added: “He gets to say a few words before he leaves, which I was grateful for.”
When asked about Viserys’ biggest mistake, Considine said his character should have rejected the chance to become king.
paddy considine, i will FIGHT for your emmy award! pic.twitter.com/KJ0FdKG41U
— Vasilisa (@vasilisonka) October 10, 2022
“The only mistake he made was becoming king,” he said. “He should have said, ‘No, give it to Rhaenys [Targaryen]. I don’t want it.
“I’m going to fly some dragons and have a good time with the ladies in nefarious places of town.’”
Vaemond Velaryon (Wil Johnson) petitions King’s Landing to remove Lucerys ‘Luke’ Velaryon (Elliot Grihault, formerly Harvey Sadler) as Coryls’ heir, claiming he is illegitimate.
Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) return to the capital with their children in a bid to defend Lucerys’ claim, which is when they discover Viserys is bedridden.
In his absence, royal affairs are managed by Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) and Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans).
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Elsewhere, Alicent covers up her son Prince Aegon’s (Tom Glynn-Carney, formerly Ty Tennant) r**ing of a handmaiden.
When Vaemond arrives in the Red Keep, Rhaenyra proposes an arrangement to gain the support of Princess Rhaenys (Eve Best).
Then, she requests that her father defend her succession, recalling Aegon the Conqueror’s dream.
The following day, Ser Otto hears of Vaemond’s petition, which claims that Driftmark should pass to him.
If paddy considine doesn’t win an emmy next year for the sheer acting masterclass he put on tonight in the house of the dragon then there’s no point having those awards.. his performance as viserys is easily one the greatest ever in GoT universe#HouseOfTheDragon pic.twitter.com/1aNyRjd9UL
— ?⚔️ (@NaviKRStan) October 10, 2022
As Rhaenyra begins speaking, Viserys arrives, declaring Driftmark’s heir to be Lucerys.
Furious, Vaemond labels Rhaenyra’s children b******s, and is subsequently decapitated by Daemon.
That night, with the intention of mending relations, the Targaryens, Velaryons and Hightowers attend a feast – but the princes start a fight.
With his death approaching, Viserys privately reveals parts of Aegon the Conqueror’s dream to Alicent, who he confuses with Rhaenyra, with Alicent believing he is talking about her son, Aegon.
‘The Lord of the Tides’ overtook episode 7, ‘Driftmark’, as the highest-rated episode of the first series on IMDb, boasting a near-perfect 9.6/10 at the time of writing.
‘Driftmark’ remains the second highest rated, with 9.3/10.
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