House Of The Dragon’s Matt Smith Improvised A Key Scene In Episode 8

Home Of The Dragon is rapidly turning into top-of-the-line TV exhibits of 2022, with every episode higher than the final.

This previous Sunday’s episode, ‘The Lord Of The Tides’, was no exception, largely due to the highly effective, award-worthy efficiency of Paddy Considine as King Viserys I.

As I famous in my evaluation of the episode, Considine steals each scene he’s in. His want to see his family members “put apart your petty grievances” and attempt to get alongside is gorgeous however in the end tragic.


His passing units the stage for the Dance of Dragons, the bloody, fiery civil struggle that erupts when Alicent and the Hightowers determine to seat Aegon on the Iron Throne even supposing Viserys named his daughter, Rhaenyra, as inheritor.

Probably the most highly effective scenes within the newest episode takes place when Viserys exhibits up unexpectedly within the throne room to adjudicate the succession of the Driftwood Throne and Driftmark.

When Lord Corlys Velaryon is wounded and appears to be on dying’s doorstep, his brother Vaemond petitions the crown to call him inheritor to his household seat. His reasoning is easy: He believes that Lucerys Velaryon, Rhaenyra’s son, will not be the son of Laenor Velaryon.

So the involved events all come to the Purple Maintain, the place Alicent has been holding courtroom in her husband’s stead. Rhaenyra argues that the matter has been determined and Corlys has chosen his grandson as inheritor. Vaemond disputes the legitimacy of the declare. Then, to the shock of everybody, Viserys exhibits up. Rhaenyra had visited him earlier and pleaded for his assist, however he appeared too feeble and decayed to maneuver.


Nonetheless, he exhibits up and hobbles throughout the throne room. His Hand, Otto Hightower, trying utterly greatly surprised, is compelled to maneuver apart because the king clambers up the steps. At one level, as he makes the laborious climb, his crown falls from his head to the ground.

That’s when Daemon, his brother, strikes to him, selecting up his crown and serving to him to the Iron Throne. He places the crown gently upon his older brother’s head.

“Once we have been capturing that,” director Geeta Patel informed Leisure Weekly, “I believe the rehearsal once more, the primary day — the crown fell off of Paddy’s head and Matt picked it up and we simply stored going. We did not cease [filming].” It ended up sticking, and the director and actors each felt prefer it created a robust second within the two characters’ often-fraught relationship.


“There was a discovery there of this second,” Patel stated. “So then the three of us acquired collectively they usually have been like, ‘We felt this. This felt just like the turning level in our relationship.'”

That turning level was largely a symbolic transfer by Daemon who at one level was inheritor to the Iron Throne. I don’t suppose he ever really needed it that badly, however he actually wasn’t pleased together with his brother over myriad totally different slights.

Patel says the second helps symbolize Daemon’s change of coronary heart: “As a result of it proved to be, at the least for me, fairly a heavy second and fairly a turning level for a storyline that had began within the pilot: ‘Hey, I would like your crown and by the tip right here I am gonna put the crown again in your head and I am gonna make it easier to to your throne.'”

A speech by Daemon on the dinner later was reduce each for time and since Patel says the actually impactful, emotional improvised crown scene would have undermined its poignancy.

“Then once you acquired to the dinner, it was extra of an aftermath second. It was extra concerning the dinner when Daemon offers that speech, there’s too many individuals within the room virtually for that to be the emotional second,” she stated.


I actually by no means would have guessed that this second was improvised watching the scene. Like a lot of this present, it’s steeped in symbolism and pulsing with unstated which means. It speaks to the standard of the entire undertaking—its writing, its actors and its route—{that a} scene this highly effective was only a pleased accident.

Home Of The Dragon returns on Sunday. You’ll be able to learn my evaluation of the most recent episode proper right here.

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