As Recreation of Thrones drilled into us, Home Lannister at all times pays its money owed. However who knew that watching considered one of Westeros’ vaunted households incur a kind of obligations — in social capital if not precise coin — can be so entertaining?
Home of the Dragon‘s third episode on Sunday gave us an excellent take a look at Lord Jason and Ser Tyland Lannister, twins who’re the ancestors of Thrones‘ Tywin, Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister. And, in Jason’s case at the least, the hour made an excellent case for the genetic origins of vanity, smarminess and the lack to close one’s lure. (Learn a full recap right here.)
Props to Vikings alum Jefferson Corridor, who performs each siblings, for his vary. Ser Tyland looks like an upright, or no matter passes for upright on this present, knight who’s genuinely involved for the realm. And his brother, Jason, looks like an enormous jackass. Corridor made a number of performing decisions as Jason that had me chuckling — no small feat in an episode that featured the bloody loss of life of a wild pig and a fair bloodier bifurcation of a infamous warlord.
I nonetheless can’t resolve whether or not it was extra entertaining to observe Jason making an attempt to place the strikes on Rhaenyra (the way in which he so clearly thinks he’s being slick! the way in which he so clearly is NOT!) or to see him have his smug butt handed to him by an irritated King Viserys in the course of the gifting of the spear. Now that’s a debt he’ll need to work laborious to shore up. Alongside these traces, a number of ideas:
* Even in a sequence the place households are REALLY into their sigils, isn’t Home Lannister just a little… further about it? (Liked the present’s nod to that with Rhaenyra’s line upon Jason introducing himself: “I gathered that from all of the lions.”)
* Did you discover Rhaenyra’s little eyeroll when Jason bragged about how the best honeyed wine in all of the land is made in Lannisport? First: hilarious. Second: It made me examine Rhaenyra’s give-no-effs angle, particularly in expressing precisely what she thinks within the second, to the guarded, diplomatic manner Alicent strikes via the episode, notably in relation to Viserys.
* And whereas we’re on this riff, I’m going to make like your fourth-grade English trainer: For this task, please examine and distinction both a) Rhaenyra’s delicate remark about hating the way in which boars cry like kids once they’re slaughtered and her quick-thinking, brutal actions when the pig assaults her and Ser Criston, or b) The way in which Jason — who apparently can’t disguise something he’s considering, both — appears at Rhaenyra throughout his flirtation versus the horror with which he stares at her when she marches, bloodied, again to camp. Bonus factors for those who handle to work in an examination of the rising friendship (and extra) between the princess and Ser Criston. (And people who are conversant in George R.R. Martin’s Fireplace & Blood, please don’t spoil it for the remainder of the category.)
What ideas/questions/predictions do you have after this week’s Home of the Dragon?