Barrie Gower received three Emmys for his prosthetics work on “Game of Thrones.” In an interview Sunday with Selection, he revealed simply how “grounded” his analysis for prequel collection “House of the Dragon” was — and the way he turned King Viserys Targaryen into an ailing husk of a person.
“We researched various flesh-eating disorders,” Gower instructed Selection. “Necrosis, leprosy, all kinds of horrible references. Lots of interesting shapes, colors and ulcers. They could give us a good indication for textures, colors, glosses, how dry things would be.”
“It’s very grounded in the real world of horrible diseases,” Gower continued.
Warning: Spoilers for “House of the Dragon” under!
These caught up with the record-breaking HBO present have witnessed Paddy Considine give a heartbreaking efficiency as Viserys. With two time-jumps forming the narrative, the pustule-ridden king first loses an arm, then a watch and half of his face — earlier than dying on the finish of Episode 8.
“Over the course of the season we had about seven different stages, which would be told through his make-up, hair, the receding hairline, the pallor and the color of his skin, texture of the skin, and then various small sores on the body,” Gower instructed Selection.
Gower received an Emmy in September for creating the demonic “Stranger Things” antagonist Vecna. His most well-known creation was arguably the Evening King, nevertheless, who threatened to overcome all of Westeros in “Game of Thrones.” Its present prequel collection noticed Bower get fairly inventive.
“We had little silicone molds that you can press onto the skin and peel them off,” Bower instructed Selection. “We had cheek appliances, little sores that were shaved into Paddy’s own beard and his hairline. With the silicone bald cap, we could recede the hairline and had sores in there.”
Bower used a “body double who was very slender and had a very pronounced bone structure” to showcase Viserys’ decline after the second time-jump. They then shot the identical scene with Considine and used visible results “to manipulate Paddy’s face onto the double’s body.”
Viserys famously eliminated his golden masks in Episode 8 to disclose the open cavities in his eye socket, cheek and jaw. Bower coated Considine’s total face with a prosthetic however painted the affected areas inexperienced, which visible results altered them in post-production to realize the decrepit look.
From a “small, grape-sized ulcer on his back” within the first episode to the skeletal king’s haunting loss of life, Bower definitely completed bringing a flesh-eating illness to the display screen. Fortunately for followers, he’s now engaged on HBO’s “The Last of Us” — wherein an airborne fungus bodily tears human beings aside.
Learn the entire interview on Selection.