'Your Viserys is better than my Viserys': HOTD's Paddy Considine receives high praise from George RR Martin

'Your Viserys is better than my Viserys': HOTD's Paddy Considine receives high praise from George RR Martin
George RR Martin has applauded Paddy Considine for his portrayal of King Viserys in 'House of Dragon' (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images and HBO)

George RR Martin reportedly has only compliments for Paddy Considine, who is playing the role of King Viserys in ‘House of the Dragon’. On his personal blog, the novelist wrote, “Sunday’s episode, ‘Lord of the Tides,’ was everything I hoped it should be.  Kudos to Eileen Shim, the scriptwriter, to Geeta Patel, the director, to our incredible cast… and particularly to Paddy Considine, for his portrayal of King Viserys, the First of His Name.”

He also noted that “the character he created (with Ryan and Sara and Ti and the rest of our writers) 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,” before adding, “Paddy deserves an Emmy for this episode alone. If he doesn’t get one, hey, there’s no justice.”

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Paddy Considine attends the 'House Of The Dragon' premiere in Leicester Square on August 15, 2022, in London, England (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Elsewhere in the blog, Martin stated, “I am a fantasy fan, and I want more fantasy on television, and nothing would accomplish that more than a couple of big hits. THE WITCHER, SHADOW & BONE, WHEEL OF TIME… and THE SANDMAN, a glorious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic series… those are a good start, but I want more."

“I want Tad Williams, I want Joe Abercrombie, I want Patrick Rothfuss, I want a good adaptation of Le Guin’s Earthsea books, I want Alan Garner, I want Robin Hobb… oh, the list is long, I could go on and on… and would if I did not have a zillion other things to do.   Most of all, I want Roger Zelazny’s NINE PRINCES IN AMBER,” Martin added.

However, this was not the first time, the 74-year-old television producer had nice words for the 49-year-old English actor. Considine recently told GQ Hype, “I got a text message that simply said: ‘Your Viserys is better than my Viserys’. It was from George RR Martin. And I thought: that’ll do it. Thanks for trusting me.”

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George RR Martin speaks at the 'House of the Dragon' panel during 2022 Comic Con International: San Diego at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in San Diego, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, numerous people have agreed with Martin as a user shared, “A little humor is fine when it doesn't feel forced, like the tapestry scene between Viserys and Daemon, but so far I've loved the dark and tense feel of this series. The way a good drama should be.”

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The second user tweeted, “Earlier life Viserys is laid back, happy, carefree — so you watch Paddy’s performance and it honestly seems effortless. Then he amps up his performance every episode so subtly that you barely notice, it’s natural. Then you get to episode 8 and he rips your heart out. 10/10.”


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Paddy Considine accepts the Empire Inspiration award on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Paddy Considine accepts the Empire Inspiration award on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016, in London, England (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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The third one said, “Paddy acted his a** off. Viserys has so many layers to his character and he pulled it off so incredibly well.” “In the end he did prove himself a warrior, and had his mettle tested like he's always wanted deep down. I don't think many people could pull that off in such a state, literally rotting, without being on any pain relief medication,” another tweet read.

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