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‘House of the Dragon’s’ Steve Toussaint Talks Corlys’ ‘Monstrous’ Choices

Steve Toussaint’s character, Corlys Velaryon, made decisions about Dragon House this would certainly be frowned upon by modern society, but it was all about protecting his family’s legacy in Westeros.

So far in the HBO hit, fans have seen Corlys suggest her young daughter Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mosé) marry King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) in episode 2. not produced, he agreed in episode 5 to let his son Laenor (Theo Nate) marry the regent’s daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), even though he knew his son was gay.

Toussaint reflected on his character’s actions in an interview with Pleasemynews, detailing how he thought some of Corlys’ decisions could be considered “monstrous”.

The show’s child bride storyline particularly shocked fans, and Toussaint agreed that the actions of Corlys that prompted this storyline should be taken as such.

The actor said: “It’s interesting because looking at it with our modern eyes, in episode 2 Corlys proposes that Viserys marry his daughter [Laena]and so we have this scene where they’re both walking and it’s so ridiculous because it’s this nice little girl talking to this old guy, and it’s going to be crazy, it’s ridiculous.

“When you look at it with modern eyes, or any eyes, you think ‘oh, that’s just f**king monstrous.’

“But trying to be in Corlys’ shoes, if that marriage happens, it cements his family’s position in the kingdom, it secures them. So I guess that’s [how] he looks at him, and then of course he feels betrayed by the king’s decision [not to marry Laena].”

Continuing to reflect on Corlys’ rejection of his son’s sexuality, Toussaint continued, “So the next thing, of course, is ‘well, in that case, I’m going to get his daughter to marry my son. [Laenor], whatever the nature of my son, who is really my son. It does not matter.’

“I think that’s one of Corlys’ flaws. In fact, I think his over-ambition is one of his flaws and that sort of leads to terrible things that happen later in the season, and, in fact, there’s a point in an episode where he kind of goes, “yeah, that was me, I shouldn’t have done that, let’s go home and enjoy our grandkids.”

“But, you know, it’s game of thrones and it won’t happen! So, yeah, I think sometimes in life you maybe have your eye on the prize, and sometimes you don’t see the little things because you’re so fixated on that goal that you don’t see the things you you’re stomping underneath, and I feel like that’s what’s going on with him with his kids.”

Toussaint has already spoken with Pleasemynews about his character, sharing how he felt, the sea serpent, as he’s also known on the show, has a great bond with his wife, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), a relationship that would be seen as a fairly modern relationship because of the way he supports her.

He admitted that while he liked praising the character, he didn’t want to “start getting away with it on my own and gushing so much” because “Corlys isn’t really sympathetic to her son’s sexuality when he just rejects it.”

“So he still has a long way to go,” added the actor.

House of the Dragon airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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