It’s been nearly a year since HBO announced it would create a Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. However, with COVID-19 impacting all aspects of the entertainment industry, fans were left wondering if they’d get to see George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood’ play out on screen anytime soon. But with the recent announcement of its new leading man, we can now gleefully say that the prequel is on its way!
The show story will take place 300 years before Game of Thrones and follow members of the House Targaryen for over 10 episodes. The network revealed recently that Paddy Considine will play the role of King Targaryen. For context, King Targaryen is described as…
“King Viserys Targaryen is 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 good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”
According to Variety, Considine’s role of King Viserys I will see him as the one who is chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. Fans will recognise Viserys I as Westeros’s ruler from around 100 years after Aegon’s Conquest. Both of Viserys I’s children – Rhaenyra and Aegon II – would ultimately fight a civil war (known as the ‘Dance of Dragons’) over his throne.
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Considine himself has an impressive repertoire, having appeared in ‘Cinderella Man’ (2005), ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007), ‘The World’s End’ (2013) and more. But Considine is most prominent for his roles in ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘The Outsider’ and ‘The Third Day’. Not limited to acting, the talented Brit has also acted in and directed music videos such as Coldplay’s ‘God Put a Smile Upon Your Face’ and the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Leave Before the Lights Come On’.
Through the 8 seasons that ‘Game of Thrones’ ruled TV, HBO teased multiple projects to follow the award-winning show. This included a prequel that would have placed Naomi Watts in a titular role taking place thousands of years before the ‘GoT’ series that had aired. However, these have never gone as far as to confirm the cast and crew working on the project. For ‘House of Dragon’, following the announcement that Ryan Condal’s script had landed the series order came the confirmation that ‘GoT’ veteran Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. With this and Considine’s casting, we’re on a solid path towards the show’s expected airing in 2022.