While some Game of Thrones fans may remember Jefferson Hall’s role as Ser Hugh of the Vale in Season 1, his performance fell short for most viewers. This makes it easy for him to slip into the role of the “House of the Dragon” twins Tyland and Jason Lannister.
We first meet this fraternal duo in Episode 3 (“Second of His Name”), beginning with Tyland, a cunning and calculating advisor to the king. He approaches King Viserys Targeryen during Aegon’s party and tries to talk to him about recent events at the Step Stones. Tyland tries to insist it’s urgent, while Viserys brushes him off as he’s more concerned about Rhaenyra’s whereabouts.
Later we see the twins standing together, ready to cheer the arrival of the royal family to celebrate Aegon’s name day. Jason’s hair is longer and shaggy, which sets him apart from his brother, but we learn that’s not the only difference between the twins. When “Lord of Casterly Rock” Jason brazenly flirts with Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and tells her he “would do anything for his queen or wife,” we see the same self-assured arrogance we’ll eventually see in his offspring, Jaimie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Nicknamed “The Hooded Hand” in the books by George RR Martin, Tyland was just as devious as his descendants, manipulating his way from King Viserys’ shipmaster to the King’s Hand of Aegon III. It will be interesting to see the development of the Lannisters in House of the Dragon.