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House of the Dragon episode 8: Paddy Considine (Viserys) explains the end of the episode

But what do the last words spoken by Viserys Targaryen mean at the end of episode 8 of “House of the Dragon”? Paddy Considine gave the explanation. WARNING ! This article contains spoilers!

House of the Dragon: an emotional episode 8

Broadcast this Monday, October 10 (on HBO in the United States and OCS in France), episode 8 of season 1 of House of the Dragon left spectators speechless. taking place approximately six years after episode 7, it depicts the last hours of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine). Already very weakened by his illness in the previous chapter, he appears dying in this one. In a poignant sequence, he summons his last strength to climb the steps that lead him to the Iron Throne.

Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) – House of the Dragon episode 8 © HBO

By doing this, he proves once again to the kingdom that he will defend his estate promised to his heiress Rhaenyra until the end, even on the verge of death. The episode ends with Viserys returning his last breathsaying mysterious words.

What do the king’s last words mean?

The Viserys agony sequence is very important. First of all because he thinks he is addressing his daughter Rhaenyra when it is his wife Alicent. He talks to her again about the prophecy of Aegon the Conqueror, but the latter thinks that it evokes their son, also called Aegon. This misunderstanding leads Alicent to think that Viserys has finally chosen his eldest son to succeed him, and not Rhaenyra.

In the last moments of his life, once alone on his bed, he pronounces two last words before dying: “my love”. But to whom are they addressed? Paddy Considine recently lifted the veil.

Indeed, in an interview given to Vulture, the interpreter of Viserys confirms that they are intended for Aemma, his first wife, who died in excruciating pain during episode 1. This is an improvised sentence by the actor.

In my head, when he dies, he sees Aemma. When he says “my love” it is to her who is speaking. It was an improvised sentence, and luckily they kept it in the final cut.

Episode 9 of House of the Dragon airs October 17. The last episode of the season will arrive October 24. It should officially kick off the start of the Dance of the Dragons, the civil war between the Targaryens.

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