With ‘House of the Dragon’ just two months away, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans’ hype is at an all-time high as they’re about to be transported to Westeros for the first time since the original show wrapped.
The prequel series from creators Ryan J. Condal and writer George R. R. Martin is set about two centuries before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’. It chronicles the events leading to the beginning of the end for House Targaryen as several influential families battle one another for the Iron Throne.
While ‘House of the Dragon’ is set within the same universe of ‘Game of Thrones,’ the 200-year gap makes it unlikely for the same characters to show up in both series. However, it has been revealed that one actor in the cast of ‘House of the Dragon’ has made its Seven Kingdoms debut in the OG series.
Where To Watch ‘House Of The Dragon’?
HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch Game of Thrones for free on the streamer now and weekly episodes of House Of The Dragon starting August 22, 2022. Basic HBO Max plans are available for $10/month or $100/year, and ad-free packages are available for $15/month or $150/year.
Jefferson Hall Plays Twins In ‘House Of The Dragon’
Actor Jefferson Hall plays the double role of Lord Jason Lannister and his younger twin, Tyland, in ‘House of the Dragon.’
According to the character description for the roles, Jason is the head of the family and Lord of Casterly Rock, while Tyland is n astute politician, possibly serving as one of the king’s advisors.
Hall, who has also starred in ‘Vikings’ and the ‘Halloween’ franchise, is no stranger to Westeros as he was in ‘Game of Thrones,’ too. Of course, Hall played a different character in the HBO series, and a minor one at that, so continuity between the two show is barely messed with.
Who Did Hall Portray In ‘Game Of Thrones’?
Hall starred in just one episode of the first season of ‘Game of Thrones’ as Ser Hugh of the Vale, who suffered an untimely demise. With the show’s many, many deaths, some might not remember the knight, so let’s brush up on his very short arc.
Introduced in episode four of season one, Ser Hugh is a freshly-made knight who has the insane idea of jousting with Ser Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain (played by Conan Stevens on that season). Hugh had previously been a squire for John Arryn for four years.
In the episode, the character takes part in a tournament in honor of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean,) just arrived in King’s Landing, but he is killed by a splintered lance during a joust with the eldest Clegane.
While some of the staunchest ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados might recognize Hall in ‘House of the Dragon,’ his other role prompts the question as to where you’ve seen the rest of the prequel’s cast before. Needless to say, none of the main actors has appeared on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but they do have a bunch of interesting acting roles to their name.
The Connection Between ‘House Of The Dragon’ And ‘Doctor Who’
The cast of highly-anticipated prequel of ‘Game of Thrones’ is a mix of well-known stars and fresher faces.
‘Doctor Who’ fans must be thrilled to know that Matt Smith, who played the eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord, has a prominent role in ‘House of the Dragon’.
The English actor, who has also starred in ‘The Crown’ as a young Prince Philip and has recently taken on a villain role in Sony’s ‘Morbius,’ will play Prince Daemon Targaryen. The character is a skilled warrior and King Viserys’ younger brother.
King Viserys I Targaryen is played by Paddy Considine, best known for his stint on ‘Peaky Blinders’ and HBO series ‘The Outsider’.
In ‘House of the Dragon,’ Viserys has been selected in the Grand Council that overlooked Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (played by ‘The King’s Speech’ star Eve Best), but shows indecision when it comes to name who is going to succeed him.
‘House Of The Dragon’ Has A ‘Harry Potter’ And ‘Spider-Man’ Star Among Its Cast
The series also stars Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower.
Ifans has previously appeared in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 1’ as Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna’s father, as well as playing villain Lizard in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and in the recent ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.
Some fans will also remember him as Hugh Grant’s Will’s bizarre Welsh roommate Spike in romcom ‘Notting Hill,’ released in 1999.
Ifans’ character’s daughter and Viserys’ second wife, Lady Alicent Hightower, is portrayed in its adult iteration by Olivia Cooke. The actress has recently appeared in ‘Sound of Metal’ and has previously starred in ‘Ready Player One’ as Samantha Cooke aka Art3mis.
Actress Sonoya Mizuno, with roles in sci-fi series ‘Maniac’ and ‘Devs,’ is set to play mysterious character Mysaria. Not much is known about her character, except that she is a dancer and a conspirator connected to Smith’s Prince Daemon.
Finally, one of the most crucial characters in the show and in the Targaryen civil war, is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the eldest daughter of Viserys. The princess will see her claim to the throne denied upon her father’s death in favor of her half-brother (and Lady Alicent’s son) Aegon.
The older version of the character is played by Emma D’Arcy, who has starred in TV series ‘Hanna’ and ‘Truth Seekers,’ as well as British film ‘Misbehaviour’ opposite Jessie Buckley and Keira Knightley.
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