It's safe to say that 'House of the Dragon' is becoming one of the world's favourite TV series. The prequel to the world renowned 'Game of Thrones' has blown all expectations out of the park.
One man who has helped the show gain plaudits is English actor Paddy Considine. The 49-year-old plays Visarys Targaryen in the series that is set around 200 years before Game of Thrones.
In the latest episode, the series jumps forward six years. This current episode has seen a huge change as Visarys Targaryen is bed riden as his disease has spread taking his eye and half of his face. He is now on milk of the poppy to take away the pain.
As he isn’t able to perform his duties, his wife, Lady Alicent Hightower, is now in charge and has also reinstated the former hand of the King, Otto Hightower. The King had previously banished Otto due to him questioning his daughters sexual habits. Otto also happens to be the Queen's father.
Considine has received widespread praise for his acting in playing the role of Visarys, and he confirmed one of the best compliments he has gotten yet.
House of the Dragon: George R.R Martin's seal of approval
Creator of Game of Thrones and author of the Fire and Blood, the book that 'House of the Dragon' is based on, George R.R Martin has contacted Considine to praise him for his unbelievable acting to date.
Speaking to GQ Hype, Considine has said that he got a text from Martin saying:
I got a text message that simply said: ‘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
Despite widespread praise and accolades for his acting during the first season, Considine also spoke about the assumptions from some fans that his character is boring.
There’s this perception that he’s weak, which I think is absolutely nonsense. He’s just too compassionate for the job. I think the sense of duty is what got to him.
He was the only person in this kingdom who had any fucking morals whatsoever. He holds everything together as long as he absolutely can. I thought he was a joy to play. He believed in duty above everything. I don’t know if people fully understood that correctly.
It's certainly a compliment which any actor or actress across the series of Games of Thrones and House of the Dragon would be priveleged to receive. As for season one of the prequel, there are two episodes remaining, with a second series also confirmed to be coming to your screens.