Game Of Thrones Prequel Show Will Have A Different Take On The Lannisters
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Game Of Thrones Prequel Show Will Have A Different Take On The Lannisters

By Ishita Chatterjee
November 10,2021

Only two Lannister characters from the Game of Thrones prequel titled House of the Dragon have been announced. So this means that the Lannisters in this show will probably be playing a different role than what we are used to seeing.

The prequel show is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood series, and the show is supposed to take place two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones. The main focus of the series is the history of House Targaryen and how the violet-eyed, dragon-riding, silver-haired family became legendary.

Since the main plot of the prequel series is the Targaryen line, how will the Lannisters fit in there?

How Will The Lannisters Be Different In House Of The Dragon? 

House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon

With the main Targaryen cast of the prequel series House of the Dragon, the only Lannisters casts are the twins Lord Jason and Tyland Lannister. They will both be played by Jefferson Hall. We don’t know much about Lord Jason other than that he is the Lord of Casterly Rock. On the other hand, Tyland is an artful and cunning politician.

In House of the Dragon, the Lannisters are still rich. After all, the unofficial motto of the house is “a Lannister always pays his debts.” But due to the role that the Lannisters play in Fire and Blood, the house’s words “Hear me roar” will perhaps not be depicted in quite the same way as it was in Game of Thrones.

With what we know now about Fire and Blood’s events, it’s pretty much impossible that the Lannisters will have the same kind of influence and power in the prequel series. Lord Jason gets killed during the Targaryen’s Dance of the Dragons, which will probably be set even earlier in the show. Now, Tyland Lannister does indeed become Master of Coin to the Targaryen king.

But his job doesn’t last long because soon after, Tyland is captured and tortured. Now, Tyland does become integral to the story when he serves as Hand of the King to Aegon III.

Cersei and Jaime

Cersei and Jaime

However, this subplot might be beyond the scope of the new prequel show. This is because Tyrion gets captured (just like Tyland) in season 1. Eventually, he gets named Hand of the King by Bran. We also saw that Cersei manipulated her way to the throne. And with her twin brother Jaime by her side, she left a blood trail to reach the peak of power. Tywin made sure that the Red Wedding came to pass and wounded the reunion of the Stark families.

So, Tyland and Jason’s part in the new show will be a far cry from the kind of importance held by Tywin, Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion in GoT. Audiences loved watching the corrupt and complex Lannister family.

Their forever-changing allegiances and exploits made the house enjoyable to watch. And it kept the plot of GoT going on. Right now, the role that the Lannisters played will probably be played by other characters. Even though the Lannisters are still wealthy, they won’t stand out like others, for example, Lord Corlys Velaryon. Lord Corlys of House Velaryon had the largest navy in all of Westeros, and he was also way richer than even the Lannisters.

However, we still have to see if he is as cunning and ruthless as Tywin Lannister. Alicent Hightower is a parallel of Cersei. Her exploits have real historical inspiration. She is on her path to power as Alicent strives to put her son on the Iron Throne, even if he certainly doesn’t deserve to be there.

The Cast Of House Of The Dragon

Jefferson Hall will play both Lord Jason and Tyland Lannister

Jefferson Hall will play both Lord Jason and Tyland Lannister

The cast that will lead the show has been announced. Paddy Considine will play the kind, King Viserys Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy will portray the stubborn Rhaenyra Targaryen, while Olivia Cooke will be the smart Alicent Hightower.

Now it’s a wait and watches to see what Jefferson Hall brings as a Lannister, who has less power than Jaime, Tywin, Tyrion, or Cersei. Whether you love or hate them, the Lannisters have played a significant role in Game of Thrones.

And despite the backlash resulting from the Game of Thrones finale, people are still looking forward to the House of the Dragon. However, keeping in mind the cast announcements till now, and considering what we know about the book, it’s tough to imagine how this powerful family will get the same treatment and screen time as before. But we guess time will tell.

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