Filming in Spain has been a whirlwind, jumping from one beautiful historical location to another in the past month, bringing us
news and spoilers along the way. And today, Spain is delivering again in the form of unexpected casting news!
María José Torrejón, taken this past Monday in Cáceres city, showing a recognizable face along with a
actor. L7R’s photo shows English actor Tom Hopper sitting with James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly) on a bench in the city. That, combined with another sighting of the actor with GoT stars this week, and it seems that Hopper is the newest addition to the cast of
What part is Hopper taking on? That’s the really surprising piece of info. While not officially confirmed by HBO, there is evidence indicating that the actor will be playing the recast role of Dickon Tarly. In season 6, we briefly encountered Sam’s jock younger brother at the tense Horn Hill family dinner, being played then by Freddie Stroma. We’ll be seeing more of Dickon this year, but we’ll save those spoilers for below the cut!
So why the recast? It’s likely that Stroma has a scheduling conflict, since he’s currently working on the new ABC series
As for Hopper, he’s a welcome addition to the cast, and will be a familiar face to many GoT fans, from his work playing Billy Bones on
Tom Hopper and James Faulkner, in Caceres. Photo: Los Siete Reinos/Hoy
Now, about those spoilers! The Cáceres region has been very busy this past week, and Hopper is a part of the action. The actor has reportedly been spotted working out at a gym in Cáceres with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jerome Flynn. That makes sense, since we’ve learned from our sources that next season, Dickon Tarly is part of the southern Westeros scenes, and has scenes with Randyll, Jaime Lannister, and Bronn, among others.
has cleared out of Trujillo Castle, where filming took place earlier this week, and the focus is now in Malpartida de Cáceres for the next few weeks. We can confirm that Dickon and his father are present during the much-discussed ambush scene, when Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons attack a caravan train bringing goods looted from Highgarden back to King’s Landing.
confirms that the shooting began in Las Breñas yesterday and will finish on Friday. The caravans sighted in Las Breñas, and seven buses full of extras have been brought to the location, plus about 60 horses. We’ve heard from our own sources that we can expect to see Dickon and Randyll Tarly both fighting during this ambush/battle scene.
After filming in Las Breñas, filming will move over to Barrueco de Arriba this weekend. Overall, filming is expected to take about 22 days in Malpartida with these locations, and we expect new details from Spain to keep on coming!
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Holy crap Billy Bones!!! I love me that eye-candy. And those muscles. *drools* Freddie Stroma didn’t really make any lasting impression so I’m perfectly fine with this surprise recast.
I hope Tom enjoys his time on GoT. Anybody coming on board now is essentially making a cameo appearance, but hell, I’d be up for that!
Lol another recast. This is going to be jarring, especially if you watch Season 7 after watching Season 6 during a rerun. How they didn’t line up filming with Stromas other obligations is beyond me.
What side is the Tarly army on? Randyll seems ambious in the books but I can’t imagine him teaming with Lannisters. He’s not a Frey he has honor. I think he would more likely try to make House Tarly the new rulers of the Reach under the Targaryen rule.
For a second I read that as “Tom Hooper”, the director.
An ABC television project would be filming regularly through the whole fall/winter (other than Christmas). Not to mention, there’s only so far you’d seek to accommodate a minor guest actor on such a major project.
freaked out, he was my young robert baratheon dream cast
I actually think he’s on the Lannister side so he’s probably going to die soon. Oh well !
Excellent casting as always. He’s great on Black Sails.
He is great as Billy Bones in Black Sails, my fav character on the show! But he is more mature than Freddie Stroma! He will definitely be great at the fight scenes, I’m sure better than original Dickson! He will be a great addition, also he is 🔥!😉
I’ve read the casting news but I skipped the spoiler bit. So what to say about it? We’ll see. I have no problems with recast roles as long as the performance is strong.
He is great in Black Sails! And he has a more soldier type look than Freddie.
I wonder how the casting of Tom Hopper came about. Did they straight-up offer him the role after Stroma became unavailable or was there a casting call put out? Hopper definitely knows how to wield a sword so I’m looking forward to seeing Dickon Tarly in action. If he happens to lose his shirt while fighting, even better.
Now that I care about Dickon, it’s too bad he’ll only appear in an episode or two and will suffer such an unfortunate death. Also, now that the Randyl/Dickon part of the leaks is confirmed, I hope we’ll get a glimpse of the anti-dragon ballista that Qyburn cooks up to bring down Drogon.
The Tarly family is sworn to the Tyrells, and while Randyll seems hardcore about rules, it is hinted that he sees the Tyrells as upstarts, since they’ve only ruled the Reach since the Targaryen Conquest. They were just castellans before then, and all of the other big families in the Reach have better claims. But Aegon granted it to a Tyrell. I have always thought that he’d maintain his loyalty (at least in the books), but a lot of people think he has ambitions about ruling the Reach.
I’m curious if this is a huge break from the for tv drama or if they plan on backstabbing the Tyrells in the books too. I’m excited either way.
Whoa this guy is like 6′ 5 and a lot more brawny
I really love me some Black sails, and billy that character he plays has some great action scenes in sails. Wonderful news indeed, can’t wait to see this action scene. lol I wonder what tardy is doing about his missing sword Heartsbane XD
I like this recasting! Nice eye-candy. 😀
So we know now that Tarly and son will be part of the Big Ambush!
Also Jaime and Bronn, as per the leaks. And Daenerys, of course, and her Dothraki with Staz Nair as their commander. Given the length of filming, I wonder if any other major character will be involved?
What a great recasting: the new Dickon even has some resemblance to the earlier one. When I first looked at the photo I even thought that it was Freddie Stroma. And though I have to admit that my eyesight is not that good anymore, IMO a casual viewer may not even notice the recasting.
BTW, I wonder whether the casting call for a young, tall, and handsome lord was a call for new Dickon Tarly?
And off topic: has anyone watched Barbarians Rising? Is it good? I am quite fond of Arminius and his story, so I’ll probably try these series, but it would be interesting to know opinions of GoT fans.
If you haven’t watched, black sails o highly recommend watching it, Tom is amazing on that show, also the acting, writing, and visual affects are jaw dropping, also if you like pirates give it a try.
What a shame. I was looking forward to seeing the frat boy looking Dickon getting flamed. Oh well!
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