Actor Paddy Considine has discussed his performance as King Viserys in the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, and how a key sequence nearly made him pass out. Considine also shared some heartbreaking stories about how close the show hit to home for him. This story contains spoilers for House of the Dragon.

In House of the Dragon, Viserys is very sick and he gets worse with each episode until he eventually dies in Episode 8. Considine said he had a personal connection to witnessing someone becoming frail and infirm–his mother lost limbs to diabetes. Also, he watched his own father slowly die of cancer.

“My mom ended up blind and lost both of her legs to diabetes. She very much had those qualities that Viserys had, too. She tried to remain dignified, but there was a part of her that had just given up on herself. That was a difficult thing as a son to watch,” Considine told Variety.

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