House of the Dragon‘s recent revival of Westerosi custom has been especially apparent in their editing errors. The show hasn’t matched Game of Thrones Season 8’s infamous Starbucks product placement quite yet, but they had a surprising visual blooper this week that social media sleuths were able to track down on Monday.
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In this episode, King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) continues to suffer the effects of the Iron Throne. He lost his ring and pinky finger in the third episode, and the wardrobe department covered the actor’s fingers with lime green sleeves so they could be cut out later.
At first glance, it appears as if Viserys dipped his hand into a paint container before passing a scroll to a waiting courier in one clear shot.
You may view this shot for yourself at the 43:48 mark of the episode on HBO Max.
The green screen glove on Viserys’s missing fingers is not a good look.#hotd
— Sarah Capps (@SarahC_821) September 5, 2022
The producers could always correct this error and re-upload the episode with the fingers no longer attached. In the meantime, many die-hard fans of George R.R Martin’s novels are more concerned with the lack of explanation for the missing fingers.
In the show, we see him getting cuts from sitting on the Iron Throne and he is reluctantly being treated by Grand Maester Mellos (David Horovitch). He has had leeches put on him, been bandaged, and treated with boiled wine and vinegar – Westeros’ best medical practices at the time.
Viserys in the books is much more carefree than his television counterpart, often shirking his duties as king to eat and drink to excess. As he gets older, Viserys becomes overweight and starts to experience health issues like gout, joint pain, and respiratory problems that are all brought on by his poor diet. In addition to the metaphorical injuries he sustains from sitting on the Iron Throne, Viserys also needs help from maesters treating him for physical ailments.
Rhaenyra becomes alarmed when Mellos is unable to heal her father’s hand, so she decides to get her own maester, Gerardys. Surprisingly, it is Gerardys who amputates the king’s fingers against Mellos’ wishes.
At this point in the novels, Rhaenyra and Alicent are fighting for supremacy. Rhaenyra attempts to install Gerardys as the new grand maester, but Alicent wants Alfador from her family’s maester. Viserys instead sends to the Citadel and accepts their choice for a new grand maester, because he does not want to anger either of them.
With more than half the season remaining and another one premiering soon, there’s still plenty of time to see what House of the Dragon is all about. While we don’t know everything that will happen in the next 4 episodes, showrunner Ryan Condal says that they expect the series to wrap up in about four seasons. For now, House of the Dragon airs on Sundays at 9 p.m ET on HBO and HBO Max.
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