What's Wrong With King Viserys in House of the Dragon?

What's Wrong With King Viserys in House of the Dragon? ...

House of the Dragon Episodes 1-3 have some spoilers in them.

Westeros' attitude toward women leaders is Medieval, but the medicine is also pretty much from the Dark Ages. The Seven Kingdoms may have magic on their side, but they do not have antibiotics. Hence the loss, between Houses two and three, of King Viserys Is fingers.

Viserys was treated for an infection on the Iron Throne by submerging his hand in a pile of live maggots to kill the infection's necrotising flesh. In episode one, he was treated for a back wound that was similarly infected.

What does it mean for a king to be eaten away from his very seat of power? One, that irony and symbolism are alive and well in the George R. R. Martin universe. Two, that Viserys may well be lacking in kingly wisdom.

Here's the reasoning: Viserys isn't the only king in the George R. R. Martin universe to injure himself on the Iron Throne, an object designed by Aegon the Conqueror, its said, to put those qualities to the test. A king must be vigilant, strong, and agile; the Iron Throne tests those qualities, punishing those who fail.

Joffrey Baratheon, a royal psychopath, is seen cutting himself on one of the legendary thrones blades in Chapter 65. (In the A Song of Ice and Firebooks, the throne is a stronger and more deadly structure than the one popularized by the original TV series.)

Joffrey screamed to his feet. Im king! Kill him now! I command it. He was chopped down with his hand, a furious, raged gesture, and screeched in agony as his arm brushed against one of the sharp metal fangs that surrounded him. His blood spewed a darker shade of red as his blood soaked through it.

The man on the floor wrested a spear from one of the gold cloaks and used it to retrace his weight from his feet. He denied him! He cried. He is no king!

Joffrey was not directly related to King Robert Baratheon as a Lannister born of incest and no blood connection, therefore the guy here interpreting the Iron Thrones rejection of Joffrey makes a sort of symbolic sense.

The Mad King Aerys II, a Viserys descendant, was a member of the royal bloodline, but was also unfit to rule, as his epithet demonstrates. Yet still the blades tortured him, the ones he could never escape, the iron thrones. His arms and legs were covered with scabs and half-healed cuts.

The Iron Throne even went so far as killing one king, or so the legend goes. If Prince Daemon were to be crowned, he would most likely resemble him if he was found bled to death on the throne, with the cause of his death unclear. Had Maegor chosen to commit suicide and used the royal chair to execute the act? Had he been stabbed by his wife, an enemy, or (somehow) by the throne itself?

Everyone is a critic, it appears, even the palace furniture. If Viserys throne injuries are indicators that he is not doing a good job of ruling the Seven Kingdoms, would that be a fair judgment? Consider the actions he has taken so far: rejecting his daughter in marriage, making Rhaenyra an enemy of his brother Daemon immediate after Viserys banished him, perhaps a warning of serious future consequences.

House of the Dragon fans know that the Targaryens aren't on the rise, but on the way out. That might give Viserys' festering wounds another layer of symbolic value, illustrating the incest-bred rot of instability and cruelty that has established itself in the Targaryen bloodline, which memorably and controversially appeared in Queen Daenerys in Game of Thrones' final season.

Whatever King Viserys I gets done in the DragonHouse(which may have its own twist on theFire & Bloodsource material), it is already evident that his reign is sown the seeds of future conflict. The more dangerous decisions, the more injuries. Will his be a thousand cuts?