Game Of Thrones sets the bar high and it’s our duty to maintain it – Considine

Paddy Considine, who starred in the Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon, said he feels a responsibility to uphold the quality and legacy of the show.

ouse Of The Dragon is a fantasy story based on the book Fire And Blood by author George RR Martin, set 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.

The HBO television series chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the events leading up to the Targaryen Civil War, known as the Dance of the Dragons.

One of their descendants, Daenerys Targaryen, is a main character in the main series and is played by Emilia Clarke.

Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, the fifth king of the Targaryen dynasty that rules over the Seven Kingdoms and is the brother of former Time Lord and The Crown star Matt Smith, who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Speaking of Game Of Thrones, Considine, 48, told the PA news agency: “There’s some really great actors in it, really great performances in it.

“There is a mission to try and keep going. Most of them have set very high standards and so you just want to be responsible and do a good job at the end of the day. Let’s maintain that quality.”

“I just hope we made something interesting,” Smith said. Obviously there’s a huge legacy to come, we’ll never recreate the huge success of that show because it’s its own moment, it’s its own cultural phenomenon, but hopefully we can add something to the pot. “


Matt Smith and Paddy Considine Attend House Of The Dragon Premiere (Ian West/PA)

Considine’s character Viserys has been chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, and wishes to continue his grandfather’s legacy.

Fans of George R.R. Martin’s books will know Viserys’ children, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, will fight a civil war for his throne in what’s known as the Dance of the Dragons.

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Dead Man’s Shoes and The Death Of Stalin star Considine said of the character: “He’s not someone to abuse his privilege in any way.

“He has performed his role as a king very responsibly. And when I took the part and read it, it was my duty to instill as much humanity in him as I could.

“I think it’s refreshing from the world that we know Game Of Thrones that he’s not someone driven by power.

“He is not a tyrant. He is a reasonable man. So I thought it was interesting in that world.”

Emma D’Arcy plays Rhaenyra Targaryen in the series alongside Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, while her on-screen father is King Otto Hightower played by Rhys Ifans and Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon.

House Of The Dragon will air on Sky and the Now streaming service from August 22. Game Of Thrones sets the bar high and it’s our duty to maintain it – Considine

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