King Viserys II was central to the plot of the first season of House of the Dragon. His death was practically the beginning of the end for his family. Now an image links the late monarch to one of the terrifying white walkers who would strike fear into Westeros 200 years later.
The house of the dragon given to King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) exactly how important it was. With only one season HBOthe fantasy drama took the ruler of the seven kingdoms on a journey full of glory, love, pain and loss accompanied by Alicent (Olivia Cooke), Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and his brother Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith).
Although it was not a path of roses that the character wanted to walk, as it was riddled with hatred, betrayals, intrigues and disunity of his family, it was memorable and so important that it set the events that follow House of the Dragon in the coming seasons of the drama.
His end in the House of Dragons was marked by conflict and the need to express his knowledge of what might happen in the future in Westeros. The last pictures fans saw of him depicted the pain of his wife Aemma’s death (Sian Brooke) devoured him, inside and out, leaving virtually nothing of what Viserys I Targaryen had once been.
Precisely because of those images from episode 8 of House of the Dragon that show the decay of his body, a strong rumor linking him to the White Walker. More specifically, it has been suggested that it could be the creepy spear-wielding White Walker that appeared in Game of Thrones.
We knew from the beginning of House of Dragons that King Viserys was suffering from a leprosy-like disease that was eating away at him. This resulted in him looking much older at 52 than he actually was at the time of his death. Viserys passed away at the end of episode 8 and we saw his embalmed body in episode 9. So one thing we can be sure of is that Viserys is very much dead..
This is important because the White Walkers are made of living humans. Those resurrected by the Night King after death are known as Ghosts, not White Walkers. Now this rumor may have grown due to the fact that Viserys’ body was not cremated.
At the time, of course, the Great Sept of Baelor did not exist. But his body could have been moved there after construction. Although in this potential scenario his body would have been incinerated anyway in the explosion we saw in Game of Thrones. That scenario also leaves us with no bodies to reanimate, so no, House of Dragons Viserys probably won’t be a Trident White Walker.