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Matt Smith improvised one of the best House of the Dragon Episode 8 moments




Geeta Patel, the director of House of the Dragon Episode 8 (season 1) revealed that the final impactful product was a sheer result of luck and nothing else. That being said, the extraordinary season of the Game of Thrones spinoff series is now running toward its conclusion with just two more episodes on the list.

Episode 8 of House of the Dragon witnessed and highlighted the end of King Viserys Targaryen, portrayed by actor Paddy Considine. But right before saying a final goodbye to the character, King Viserys shared a moment with Daemon, his brother. The scene soldered their relationship far better than any other scene could have.

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It was the throne room scene where Viserys’ Crown fell down. This is what director Geeta Patel said to EW:

“There was one moment in the throne room where Daemon helps Viserys up the stairs to the throne ’cause Viserys is so weak, he can’t make it himself. First, a soldier comes up to Viserys, and Viserys shakes him away and says, ‘No, no, no. I can do this myself.’ He has the pride. And then another person comes to him and he thinks it’s a soldier and it’s actually his brother.”

“When we were shooting that — I think the rehearsal again, the first day — the crown fell off of Paddy’s head and Matt picked it up and we just kept going. We didn’t stop [filming]. There was a discovery there of this moment. So then the three of us got together and they were like, ‘We felt this. This felt like the turning point in our relationship.’ It’s just a silent moment.”

The director of the episode later added:

I was so thankful that accident happened, that the crown fell off because it proved to be, at least for me, quite a heavy moment and quite a turning point for a storyline that had started in the pilot: Hey, I want your crown and by the end here I’m gonna put the crown back on your head and I’m gonna help you to your throne.”

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  1. Angie

    October 11, 2022 at 7:04 am

    It was a touching moment. A love between brothers you can see and feel. Emotionally beautiful

  2. Dexter

    October 12, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    That improv was brill!!!

  3. Mary

    October 13, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Love this show and love Matt Smith!

  4. Tre Stuges

    October 13, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    I noted this moment as I was watching it. Very well done!

  5. Ingrid Bailey

    October 14, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    That was a very heartfelt moment watching Daemon assist his ailing brother King Viserys. I felt that it was appropriate that his only brother should assist him to the throne. I love this show!

  6. April

    October 15, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    It showed after all was said and done the brothers still loved each other..It broke my heart

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