Game of Thrones casting season came late this year, but it currently appears to be in full swing. Days after Danish actor Pilou Asbæk was cast as Euron Greyjoy, BuzzFeed reports that unREAL’s Freddie Stroma has joined the cast as Dickon Tarly, younger brother of our beloved Samwell. (In the Game of Thrones books, he’s supposed to be about 13; in real life, Stroma is 28, a year older than John Bradley-West.) Dickon has not yet appeared in the books, but he’s described as everything poor Sam is not: In the words of the leaked season-six casting breakdown, he is “athletic, a good hunter, an excellent swordsman, manly, not particularly bright, but the favorite child of the father.” Stroma is also known for playing Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter films, so this latest role does not seem like too much of a stretch.
Freddie Stroma. Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic