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Another day, another Game of Thrones casting. This week, we learned that an UnREAL star has signed on to play the actual brother of one of the members of the Night’s Watch. Freddie Stroma has been cast in Season 6 of Game of Thrones and he’ll be playing Samwell Tarly’s brother on the HBO drama. And let us just go ahead and tell you that the two look as different as night and day. If you aren’t familiar with UnREAL already, you can take a look at Freddie Stroma, below.
Yeah, that’s right, new character Dickon Tarly is fit as a fiddle and certainly more capable at fighting than Sam. No offense to Sam, who is a kind and gentle soul and respectable in a lot of aspects, but this kid is good-looking, fit individual. Considering their dad, Randyll Tarly, is a huge military commander, in terms of physical fitness, Sam’s probably more of an outlier than Dickon, who became Randyll’s heir after Samwell was forced into the Night’s Watch. The relationship between Dickon and Sam has to be complex, for sure.
Earlier this year, Game of Thrones Season 6 casting information suggested we might get to see members of Sam’s family in action. Dickon isn’t the only member of Sam’s family we are likely to see. Earlier casting information has also suggested we will meet Sam’s father, a “humorless martinet,” along with his “adoring” mother and “kind” sister. If the character descriptions hold true, Dickon will be a manly young man who most definitely does not have any of Sam’s smarts. Here’s what has been presumed to be the casting call for the character:
Brother, in his early to mid-20’s. Athletic, a good hunter, an excellent swordsman, manly, not particularly bright but the favourite child of the father.
We can at least confirm the athletic angle. Here's a better look at Stroma's muscles.
EW first announced the casting, noting that it’s possible Sam actually ended last season on the road with Gilly, heading to Oldtown to study to become a maester. I’m not sure whether he will meet up with his family at some point or we will meet them in a different capacity, although the former seems more compelling than the latter.
Game of Thrones castings have been coming in waves this season; earlier this week we learned Pilou Asbæk has signed on to play newcomer Euron Greyjoy. Other big names, including Ian McShane, have also been announced for Season 6. We’ll let you know if and when the rest of Samwell Tarly’s family is announced for Game of Thrones. In the meantime, here’s what we know about Season 6.