House of the Dragon spoilers: All about the current King Viserys

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When House of the Dragon premieres on HBO next month, you are going to see something very-much surprising. The Seven Kingdoms are not going to be ruled by someone incompetent, out for blood, or desperate for power; instead, there will actually be a nuanced, intelligent ruler in King Viserys Targaryen. He may not be a perfect man, but Paddy Considine’s is someone who legitimately does his best.

Of course, in saying all of this, we are immediately worried for his future — it’s pretty hard not to.

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In speaking today at San Diego Comic-Con about this character, executive producer George R.R. Martin (whose Fire & Blood serves as a basis for this show) explained, per Deadline, further what makes this character stand out:

A good king is someone who regards being a king as a duty than a privilege you’re entitled to. The duty is to dispense justice, have peace and occasionally do boring things and building roads and sanitation. No one wants to see a show about King Viserys building roads … He’s not driven by glory.

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So where does the chaos come? For starters, from within his own family as a battle for succession could be one of the central plots of the series. Beyond just that, you also have other problems coursing through the land, plus the presence of a LOT of dragons — are more than are present within Game of Thrones. The panel had a lot of excited, nervous energy — you could get a sense that the cast and crew are happy with what they’ve created. However, no one forgets how the end of Game of Thrones was received. That’s the worry.

Related Check out the new, lengthy trailer to House of the Dragon, if you haven’t seen it already

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