house of the dragon is getting closer and closer to the death of a main character and the beginning of the Dance of the Dragons. The Civil War in Targaryen was only mentioned in game of Thronesbut its effects had consequences that lasted for centuries. house of the dragon Director Geeta Patel confirms that this character died in Episode 8 and the Dance of the Dragons is about to begin.
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for house of the dragon Episode 8.]
King Viserys was suffering from a terrible disease all along house of the dragon. During an episode of Entertainment Weekly West of Westeros Podcast Paddy Considine confirmed that Viserys has a “form of leprosy”. The disease has progressively worsened, and through house of the dragon Episode 8, Viserys is mostly bedridden. He’s lost an eye and his skin is worn down to the bone in places.
Rhaenyra comes to Viserys at night to ask him about the Song of Ice and Fire, a prophecy from Aegon the Conqueror that Viserys told his daughter about more than a decade ago. However, Viserys is too ill to talk about it.
At the end of Episode 8, Alicent is taking care of Viserys, who starts talking about the prophecy, apparently thinking he’s talking to Rhaenyra. “He wakes up in the middle of the night trying to have this unfinished conversation with Rhaenyra, not realizing that the woman sitting by his side isn’t Rhaenyra but Alicent,” co-showrunner Ryan Condal said in a featurette .
“Alicent picks words like ‘Aegon’ and ‘Prince Who Was Promised’ and ‘Prophecy’ and whatever and doesn’t understand the whole context that goes back to them because she’s never heard the Song of Ice and Fire and because she heir never belonged to him,” Condal continued.
Since Alicent doesn’t understand the context, she takes Viserys’ words to mean that he wants her son Aegon II on the throne. “Don’t take milk from the poppy seeds and then convey really important information right before you die,” added co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik. “That’s the learning curve on this one.”
As Alicent leaves the room, Visery’s breathing becomes labored. He utters the last words “My love…” as the screen goes black. Episode 8 director Geeta Patel confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that this moment marks the death of Viserys.
“I think the last scene of this episode was always a litmus test. Every time we watched or thought about the final scene, did we feel what we wanted there to feel?” Patel told the outlet.
“Did we feel the loss? Did we feel Viserys told his story? Did we get the feeling that he loved his late wife? Did he love Alicent? Did he love Rhaenyra? Does he have any regrets? All the intricate layers of Viserys, did we feel it willy-nilly?”
“It was really touching to see Paddy die multiple times from different angles,” Sapochnik said in the featurette. Paddy Considine is already playing house of the dragon was praised by fans and critics alike, although sadly his time on the show has come to an end.
house of the dragon airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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