Steve Toussaint, the British actor who is currently playing the part of a devious military commander in HBO's House of the Dragon
recently spoke with Men's Health about the series casting and the criticism that his character Lord Corlys Velaryon, should not be Black.
That criticism, which came shortly after the casting announcement for Toussaint as Corlys and was to be about his "authenticity" of casting a Black actor to play the character.
The Sea Snake's color of skin is not mentioned in the works of author George R.R. Martin's novels.
Lord Corlys serves as the leader of Westeros the largest Navy and also the patriarch of one of the region's oldest houses.
In the show the character is portrayed more as an in-law with a lot of power and has married Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best)
as the legitimate the heir (by birth) of the King who was previously in power and selected her younger brother as her the successor.
He's an outlier in the large Targaryen family.
This is what some fans think of the casting of Toussaint in a series that's historically featured mostly white actors.