Paddy Considine Has Been Cast As King Viserys Targaryen In Game Of Thrones Prequel
Paddy Considine has been cast as King Viserys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones prequel series that is set to dive into the story of the dragon family.
House of the Dragon will be based on George R. R. Martin's book Fire & Blood, which explores the origins of the Targaryen family.
It is set 300 years before Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen tried to battle it out for the Iron Throne.
There's been very little information about the series, however HBO has revealed Paddy's involvement as the first official casting announcement.
The actor (who has appeared in The Outsider and The Third Day) will play Daenerys' brother from the original TV series, who was also the younger brother of the late Rhaegar Targaryen and Jon Snow's paternal uncle.
HBO has released a more detailed backstory, adding: "Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal.
"A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather's legacy, but as we've learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings."
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It's semi-confusing considering the series is set 300 years before Game of Thrones and yet this character was one of the first people we were introduced to in season one of the celebrated series. Looks like we'll just have to wait and see how this one plays out.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the prequel series has been given 10 episodes for its first season.
Fire & Blood begins with Aegon the Conqueror, who also was the king on the Iron Throne that everyone in Westeros was so bloody excited about.
The book goes into detail on how the dragon family held off repeated attempts to take the throne as well as from within their own ranks.
A civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, nearly destroyed their family and could have prevented Dany from ever being born.
The prequel series has recruited Miguel Sapochnik to direct, having also helmed GoT episodes such as 'Battle of the B******s', 'Hardhome' and 'The Long Night' to life - some of the original show's biggest and best episodes across the eight seasons.
HBO programming chief Casey Bloyds told Variety that 'his best guess' is that House of the Dragon is likely to debut in 2022.
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