Miguel Sapochinik, the co-showrunner and director of the streaming series ‘House of the Dragon’, recently opened up on the mysterious disease which visibly took away King Viserys’ (Paddy Considine) physical appearance and strength, leaving him wretched and decayed in the last episode of the show.
According to Miguel Sapochinik, King Viserys’ decay over time was because of the cut on his finger from the Iron Throne. “I thought it would be interesting that anybody who is cut by the throne gets this disease. It’s kind of leprosy, and it would be interesting to see Viserys over time slowly deteriorate to decay,” said Sapochinik.
From thicker hair and a fuller face to a widening hairline and changing colour palette of his skin, Paddy Considine pulled off closely six to seven looks for King Viserys from episode one of House of the Dragon to his demise in episode eight.
Barrie Gower, the prosthetic designer of the Game of Thrones spinoff, explained that it was approximately a four-hour process of hair and make-up for Paddy. “From subtle nuances to his wigs, hairline, the thickness of his hair, and palette of the skin to augmentation of visual effects to fill the cavities in his face, it took approximately four hours of head and shoulder makeup,” he added.
‘House of the Dragon’ is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.