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So we now have a wonderful list of confirmed characters to work from while doing our casting speculation posts. Edmure Tully is one of those characters. In fact, auditions for the role are going on right now. I’m sure the producers have sorted through tons of videos and may have even narrowed it down to a select few. But what select few have the fans narrowed it down to?
Edmure Tully is the younger brother of Catelyn Stark and heir to Riverrun. As uncle to King Robb Stark, he plays a pretty important part in the war. His introduction in the book series happens all the way back in the first novel, but his introduction for the TV series has been delayed until now. He is described as “stocky with shaggy auburn hair and beard and blue eyes” (Tower of the Hand). Let’s take a look at some of the top fan choices for the role and the chances of each to be cast.
Before we begin, let’s get the pie-in-the-sky choices out of the way. There has been a decent amount of fan support for Kevin McKidd, Damian Lewis and Ewan McGregor(!) for the role of Edmure Tully. None of these are even remotely possible (the first two due to them currently appearing in other successful TV shows and the third one being a huge Hollywood actor), so I’m not listing them here. Now let’s get to the other, slightly more viable choices.
– This Australian actor is best-known for his role as Faramir (aka Sean Bean’s brother) in Lord of the Rings
. He also appeared alongside Lena Headey in 300
. He is roughly the right age and looks close enough to the description in the books. Despite his run of film success in the early 2000s, it seems the film roles for Wenham have dried up and he has recently been doing more TV work, so he may be up for a role in Thrones
. Though not being based in the UK may lessen his chances.
– Irish actor David Wilmot made his bones on stage but has transitioned to the screen. His film credits include roles in King Arthur
and The Guard
. His TV work include appearances on The Tudors
and The Clinic
, the latter of which garnered him an IFTA nomination. Again, his age and appearance is close to the book description of Edmure. I think he would welcome the chance to be in the show (in fact, he’s already auditioned before
) and HBO does love them some stage actors.
– Another Irish actor, O’Meara has been a popular choice for Edmure since way back in the pilot one days. He expressed a desire to be on the show
, way back then. He has a connection to HBO, having appeared in Band of Brothers
. More recent credits of his include roles in the films Leap Year
and He’s Just Not That Into You
. With his stocky build, blue eyes and auburn hair , he most closely matches the Edmure in my head. And it sounds like he would love to join the cast.
– This Scottish actor first came to the attention of Thrones
fans, when he revealed that he was in talks to appear in season two
(possibly as Davos?). Obviously, that did not come to fruition. But this show loves to bring back actors they saw for previous roles, and bringing back Curran as Edmure seems to make sense. He’s got the blue eyes and auburn hair. And he keeps trying to make it onto HBO shows, having appeared in Luck
and Boardwalk Empire
, but only for one episode each. Perhaps this is his chance to finally land a lasting role on an HBO series.
There is a good chance that the role of Edmure may go to someone none of us have heard of. But it is still fun to speculate. Leave your thoughts on these four in the comments or suggest someone else for the role!