The franchise has become notorious for its egregious set blunders after a modern coffee cup was spotted in the background of the final season of ’s medieval fantasy drama. Now the series has returned with its first spin-off, n, and it has only taken the Targaryen prequel three episodes before a blunder of equal calibre has been exposed.
George RR Martin fans couldn’t help noticing a massive error involving Viserys Targaryen (played by Paddy Considine) in the latest episode of House of the Dragon.
In the season premiere, Viserys is seen cutting his fingers on the dangerous Iron Throne from which he rules Westeros.
Episode three, titled Second of His Name, jumps forward three years, and viewers realised the cut had become infected and led to the loss of two of Viserys’ fingers.
For the most part, the series uses state-of-the-art greenscreen technology to digitally remove Paddy’s appendages in post-production.
House of the Dragon fans expose giant Viserys blunder ‘First the Starbucks cup, now this!’
House of the Dragon: Paddy’s green fingers are clearly visible
Unfortunately, when Viserys hands a scroll to a young soldier in one scene, Paddy’s green finger sleeves are clearly visible for a brief moment.
While the mistake was only on-screen for a couple of seconds at most, it didn’t take long for some eagle-eyed fans to spot it.
@mattbo_0 tweeted: “First the Starbucks cup, then the water bottle and now Viserys Targaryen’s green screen covered fingers. Oh Game of Thrones production, you never disappoint.”
Kelly Donoho said: “Did GOT really leave Viserys’s green screen fingies in?”
House of the Dragon: A major CGI error has slipped through the cracks
House of the Dragon: Viserys cuts his fingers on the Iron Throne
“I thought TikTok was lying, but I went back and checked and here it is.”
Josie Young joked: “Shout out to King Viserys’ key green fingers. You were too strong to be erased.”
“Someone’s gonna get in trouble,” Staci Wyatt wrote. “They forgot to CGI out Viserys fingers in episode three. Hahaha.”
Sarah Capps laughed: “Not the green screen glove on Viserys’s missing fingers.”
Another fan claimed the error was an indication of a wider issue with big-budget streaming series as a whole.
@huntervonwolf argued: “The little goof in House of the Dragons isn’t because the effects team forgot to edit the fingers out.
“It’s because artists are forced to work gruelling, unreasonable hours to push out content as quickly as possible for the overlord streaming platforms.”
As previous seasons of the main Game of Thrones series have proven, blunders like this can easily fall through the cracks in even the biggest TV productions.
Viserys’ missing digits have also prompted fans to re-open the theory known as the ‘grand maester conspiracy’.
This secret plot supposedly brought down the Targaryen house from the inside thanks to schemes from a group of maesters working in King’s Landing.
The Targaryen king was urged to treat his wounds with maggots in previous episodes, but fans are now convinced this method simply made his fingers worse, leaving him even more vulnerable to the inevitable uprising.
House of the Dragon continues Sundays on HBO in the USA and the following Monday on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.