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House of the Dragon actor starred in Game of Thrones playing a very different character

Gabriella Ferlita

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House of the Dragon actor starred in Game of Thrones playing a very different character

Warning: contains mild spoilers for House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon has been full of controversial moments, to say the least.

I mean, who could forget the particularly cringe-worthy sex scene that gave the Targaryen tree a whole new meaning to family problems?

But aside from moments like these, eagle-eyed fans would have also noticed something else about the series – and it’s about one particular actor.

Being a prequel, the show is set almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, so none of the characters will have lived through both series. Right?

Jefferson Hall is the only actor (currently) to have appeared in both series. Credit: HBO
Jefferson Hall is the only actor (currently) to have appeared in both series. Credit: HBO

However, there is one familiar-looking character in the prequel series, and he used to play a very different character in the original series.

If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s Jefferson Hall – who is the only actor (currently) to have appeared in both series, and previously played a very different character in Game of Thrones.

Currently, Hall plays both Lannister brothers – the twins who are introduced to audience viewers in the third episode of House of the Dragon.

Jason and Tyland Lannister live up to their name as majorly power-hungry members of the Targaryen reign, which sees Tyland become a part of King Viserys I’s Small Council, with Jason hoping to become a strong suitor to be betrothed to Rhaenyra, and therefore potentially inheriting the Iron Throne.

While both characters demonstrate their willpower and strength in varying ways, Jason and Tyland’s roles also marks the first time for the series that one actor portrays two main characters. 

However, being that Hall is a Game of Thrones veteran, if you will, it’s hardly surprising that he has managed such a feat for the show.

The series has been full of controversial moments. Credit: HBO
The series has been full of controversial moments. Credit: HBO

His previous character in the original series, however, could not be further apart from his current role.

If you cast your mind back to season one of Game of Thrones, you may remember a somewhat pompous knight, Ser Hugh of the Vale, who was part of a huge scene which saw The Mountain jabbing a lance into his neck during a jousting match – one of the first gory deaths for the series.

If you don’t recall his original character, don’t fret – he wasn’t a long-lived character. Let’s hope that Hall’s new characters will stick around a little longer than his first.

Elsewhere in the series, viewers of the prequel series have been fuming online after a scene that showed Daemon Targaryen’s more tender side was left out.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: TV and Film, House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones

Gabriella Ferlita
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