The viewers of House of the Dragon they claim to have identified the disease affecting King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine).
Throughout the first four episodes of the hit spin off of game of Thronesthe king’s health has been slowly declining, and the exact nature of his ailment is not openly explored on the show.
However, some fans claim to have figured out what ails him, and it’s not, as many thought, dragonpox.
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While some viewers had believed that it was in fact the fictional dragonpox disease that Viserys was suffering from, the symptoms don’t quite match up. Most significantly, it is well known that dragonpox is highly contagious, while Viserys’s ailment does not appear to be.
So what is causing the sores on his back and his blackened fingers? Well, some viewers have inferred that the Iron Throne itself could be responsible.
In episode one, Viserys mentions getting a “little cut from sitting on the throne.”
Viewers have shared their diagnoses on social media, but one seems particularly plausible: the condition known as “necrotizing fasciitis.”
According to the website of NHSnecrotizing fasciitis can cause black blisters on the skin and may require surgery to remove the infected area.
“I wonder what’s wrong with Viserys, in current medical terms, or if it’s a fictional disease,” one Twitter user wrote. “I don’t remember anything in Fire + Blood either WoIaF. At first I thought staph infection, then necrotizing fasciitis, but do any of them progress that slowly?”
“Viserys has necrotizing fasciitis lol,” another person wrote.
As a metaphor, it might not be the most subtle, but it sounds like the Iron Throne might be what’s killing old Viserys.
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Fans of the series also recently discovered that in the third season of game of Thrones a big twist was revealed in almost unnoticeable dialogue.
House of the Dragon continues every Sunday night on HBO in the US, and early Monday in the UK on Sky and NOW.