As The Hollywood Reporter noted, the fictional battle over who gets to sit on the Iron Throne was carried over to its real-life cast. Eve Best, who plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, said that Paddy Considine, who plays King Viserys I Targaryen, takes his role very seriously both on and off screen and has been very possessive of the Iron Throne. Steve Toussaint, who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, added: “It felt like it was his. At one point I said to him – because my character also has a throne, but it’s far from that. I said, ‘You can sit on mine if I can sit on it,’ and he was like, ‘No.'”
However, these two weren’t the only ones aiming to lay claim to the Iron Throne while the cameras weren’t rolling and Considine wasn’t paying attention to his fictional throne. Olivia Cooke, who plays Lady Alicent Hightower, said of her experience: “As soon as I saw the Iron Throne in rehearsal I ran straight towards it and dropped my ass on it. But on set, Paddy was pretty territorial, so when he wasn’t looking, I hurried [sit].”
Unfortunately for Considine, Best was able to sneak onto the Iron Throne on display at San Diego Comic-Con for some time, while Toussaint joked that Considine had once again denied it. “He stood me up again!” said Toussaint. “I was shooting it and then he came up to me with his big grin and I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll go.'” Needless to say, it seems like sitting on the Iron Throne is serious business . At this point, people should know not to come between a Targaryen and their fancy chairs.