What is King Viserys sick of in “House of the Dragon”

What disease did King Viserys I suffer from? In the first episode of “House of the Dragon”, HBO Max series, the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms is revealed to have a back injury that refuses to heal, despite the treatments applied. In fact, the sores multiply over time.

Pour The fourth chapter of the “Game of Thrones” prequel Viserys Targaryen has lost two fingers and his wounds have spread throughout his body and herald the inevitable death of the King of Westeros.

Initially, some fans suggested that it could be gray psoriasis, the mythical disease that appeared in the series based on George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga and which turns the skin to stone. However, this theory has been discarded.

Viserys is cut from the Iron Throne after facing his brother Daemon in the first episode of
Viserys is cut from the Iron Throne after facing his brother Daemon in the first episode of ‘House of the Dragon’ (Picture: HBO Max)

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Paddy Considine the actor who plays King Viserys I in ” Dragon House”, revealed what is the disease from which his character suffers in the new HBO Max series.

« In reality, he suffers from a form of leprosy“, explained the English actor of 49 years. ” His body is deteriorating. His bones too. It’s not really old. He is still a young man there. Unfortunately, he just has this thing that invaded his body. It becomes a metaphor for being king and the stress and strain that power puts on you and what it does to you physically and mentally.”.

Although the origin of the disease is unknown, it is attributed to the weight of the decision of the Seven Kingdoms, in fact, in the first episode of ” House of the Dragon”, Viserys I suffers a small cut on his finger as he sits on the Iron Throne.

The latter also occurs in the George Martin books, but it happens many years later and instead of the finger, his hand is cut to the bone, marking the beginning of the end of his reign.

What disease does King Viserys suffer from in “A Song of Ice and Fire”? While no explanation for the King’s illness is offered in the original novels either, they appear to be the result of infections caused by the Iron Throne’s own blades, and as Screen Rant suggests, this is a metaphor. of how the peaceful king doesn’t really exist. He is fit to rule Westeros.

King Viserys is undergoing maggot treatment to heal an injury he suffered while on the Iron Throne.
King Viserys is undergoing maggot treatment to heal an injury he suffered while on the Iron Throne.
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