More and more casting news for Game of Thrones Season 6 trickles in by the week. A couple of days ago, Euron Greyjoy was finally cast – he’ll be played by Danish actor Pilou Asbaek. Ian McShane was previously cast in an unknown role, and Max von Sydow also joined the roster as the Three-Eyed Raven. There are still plenty more characters to cast, though, and today another has been done and dusted: Dickon Tarly, the younger brother of Samwell Tarly, will be portrayed by Freddie Stroma. Funnily enough, he’s a year older than John Bradley.
Looks just like Sam, doesn’t he?
The report comes from Entertainment Weekly. Some fans may disregard the casting because it isn’t as ‘omigoshsuperawesome’ as the others, however they’re forgetting something incredibly significant about it: this marks the first time that a character who has yet to appear in the books has been cast.
We’ve already met Sam’s father, Randyll, several times, and we’ve heard a lot about Dickon but never actually seen him. For those of you who don’t know – he’s the younger Tarly kid, pretty much better than Sam at everything their father actually approves of and likes (i.e. not reading). Poor Randyll, in that Sam is the legal heir to Horn Hill and all its lands, as well as the awesome Valyrian sword Heartsbane. He therefore gives his firstborn two choices: join the Night’s Watch, or die in a horse riding ‘accident’. Either way, Randyll wins. This of course worked out in the end as Sam came in handy in the fight against the White Walkers and the wildlings, and he’ll probably become even more useful when he begins his maester training at Oldtown.
A Sam vs Randyll faceoff is something fans have wanted to see for a long time. He’s developed and grown so much that he could probably finally hold his own against his dad, to be honest, which would be awesome to see. It’ll also be interesting to see how Dickon Tarly is presented. We know nothing about him from the novels aside from his talents; could he be arrogant about these and how his father favours him over Sam? Or will he even sympathise with his brother? A Tarly family reunion is obviously on the cards – I can’t be alone in hoping it isn’t pretty.
Game of Thrones shall return next Spring.