Casting

Black Walder cast

According to the website of Tim Plester, the English actor and playwright will be taking on the role of Black Walder in season three of Game of Thrones. 

A veteran of British film and television, Plester will be appearing next year in the historical heist film Closer to the Moon and the Nick Frost comedy Cuban Fury. In 2011, he wrote and co-directed the documentary, Way of the Morris, about the English folk art of Morris dancing. Plester also had a brief but memorable role in Kickass, as the criminal who had an unfortunate encounter with an industrial microwave.

In A Song of Ice and Fire, his character is the great-grandson of Lord Walder Frey. He is called “Black” Walder on account of his hot temper and frightening demeanor, intimidating even his own family.

We’ve reached out for official confirmation of the casting.

Ours is the Fury: First Roslin, and now Black Walder! The Frey clan is filling out. Plester is great at playing creepy and scary, so I think the role is a good fit.

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  • Don’t judge, but a secret part of me LOVES Black Walder. He’s just so unrepentantly bad. He’s like Roose Bolton, but with anger.

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    If there would be a real fight between Dovakhin(Skyrim) and Connor(AC3) who would win?
    i think Dovakhin bcz of his magic

  • This guy was a co-star with Francis Magee (Yoren) in “1066: Battle for Middle Earth”. He certainly looks the part.

  • Jon:
    I thought I heard/read the big scene these characters are involved in has been filmed already?

    Correct. This news is only just coming out now due to the actors or their agents recently updating their CVs with these roles.

  • Hi-Fi:
    I get my Freys mixed up. Is Black Walder the one who goes to Riverrun to deal with Robb and the Tullys?

    No, it was actually two Freys that went to Riverrun: Walder Rivers and Lame Lothar Frey. I think Black Walder might replace their role in the show, though.

  • Do you think we ll see the greatjon this season? Because if you pay close attention they seitched the actor who plays gregor clegane and we havent seen umber last season

  • joaquin:
    Do you think we ll see the greatjon this season? Because if you pay close attention they seitched the actor who plays gregor clegane and we havent seen umber last season

    Only if they recast him with another actor, as he’s not going to be in season 3. We could still get the Smalljon, though.

  • Nezzer,

    Black Walder is one of those who walk out of Robb’s camp once the Freys hear the news in a Catelyn chapter. Since we didn’t have the Frey defection yet in S2 and Catelyn already knows about Robb’s nuptuals, then there’s a scene that may yet take place out of sequence, involving Black Walder.

  • I’m impressed by the secrecy of the production. I mean, there have been some small leaks and things that can be inferred from photos, and I imagine cast and crew only know what they need to, but still. You’d think the actors for these small-but-important roles would Tweet or brag to buddies where they’ll be a for a few days or something. Kudos to the NDA folks. They must be terrifying.

    Now that a lot of casting speculations are being shot down, this one thinks the mystery actors/rolls are signs of changes. “Myranda” is not a renamed Roslin, so probably Myranda Royce, probably in Kings Landing, probably in a very (very) retooled Sansa plotline. And there are still plenty of roles Gorman and Brooke could be filling in for, but if they’re just another Frey or Night’s Watch, why not…say so? And only one of them can be Coldhands…

  • Cary Storm,

    Yes, but then the Freys sent two emissaries to arrange Edmure’s wedding, a bastard (Walder Rivers) and a cripple (Lame Lothar Frey), trying to insult Robb and the Tullys. Mayhaps they will be replaced by Black Walder to avoid having half of the cast of the show playing Freys.

    sunspear,

    No, Walder Rivers is Walder Frey’s son, while Black Walder is Walder Frey’s great-grandson.

  • Nezzer:
    Cary Storm,

    Yes, but then the Freys sent two emissaries to arrange Edmure’s wedding, a bastard (Walder Rivers) and a cripple (Lame Lothar Frey), trying to insult Robb and the Tullys. Mayhaps they will be replaced by Black Walder to avoid having half of the cast of the show playing Freys.

    The fans here have a tendency sometimes of filling in our own ideas about scenes that might take place based on no particular information. There’s nothing here to suggest that either Walder Rivers or Lame Lothar haven’t actually been cast–it’s been established in the series that Walder Frey has a huge amount of progeny, the show is better equipped to hire extras, and there’s particular reason these minor parts need to be combined. We can have our Black Walder and our Walder Rivers and our Lame Lothar.

    I’m not suggesting your hypotheses is unlikely, or that your idea won’t happen, just that we’ve as of yet seen nothing that necessarily points that way.

  • Cary Storm,

    I know. They might show up, but I think it’s more convenient to have Black Walder replacing them. Maybe they could add more depth to Black Walder, expose him more as a character. I don’t think it would be a bad idea. I honestly don’t care much about it as it’s a very minor thing.

  • I wonder if they recast the Greatjon with Gorman or Brooke. I find it hard to believe they will leave him out of the red wedding. If I remember correctly Clive Mantle was cast in another show anyway and they never say that he was killed or anything so they must be just recasting him

  • They already filmed RW right? Does that mean none of these recent Frey castings will be involved in that scene?

  • TheNed:
    They already filmed RWright? Does that mean none of these recent Frey castings will be involved in that scene?

    No, that doesn’t mean that at all. These castings were never announced by HBO. We’ve only found out because they were added after the fact, by their agents, to the clients’ CVs. They were, in all probability, involved in that scene.

  • sunspear:
    Nezzer,

    Black Walder is Walder Rivers.

    Not really, Ser Walder Rivers is Bastard Walder…

    Black Walder is the second son of Ser Ryman, grandson to Ser Stevron and great-grandson of Lord Walder.

  • Ren Snow: Not really, Ser Walder Rivers is Bastard Walder…

    Black Walder is the second son of Ser Ryman, grandson to Ser Stevron and great-grandson of Lord Walder.

    This is why I always, when I read chapter with Freys, have to look on the end of the book and search who the hell this Frey is.

  • Do you think they ll show the switch of heads after the RW? because in the books we were told by a dialogue in Kings Landing i think. I really want to see it as a viewer because it will make me want spill Frey, Bolton and Lannister blood so much!!! After this scene, i lost my faith in the starks. I like the martells now.

  • It’s always a bit awkward when a character who’s described in less-favorable terms in the books is cast for the screen. It just doesn’t seem very polite to tell someone they’re perfect for the role of “stoat-faced creeper”. That must be tricky for their agents, i.e. “Great news. I’ve got a role here that I think would be perfect for you…”

  • Varamyr Fourskins,

    I’ve always had the same thought……….like, in a comedy where a guy gets set up on a blind date, and she’s comedically terrible looking – how do you cast that? “Uh, hi….we need a girl who’s so very very ugly that it will be a complete joke just to suggest that she might be dateable”

  • Nezzer,

    Both greatjon and the small Jon are present at _____ (sorry I’m on my phone and don’t see the blackout button) so they should both be cast if not recast for Great Jon.

  • Varamyr Fourskins,

    They usually include the age range they’re looking for and a short description of the character. It’s more of a personality description as opposed to looks. The actors come in, do an audition and the casting people pick from that.

  • bon: This is why I always, when I read chapter with Freys, have to look on the end of the book and search who the hell this Frey is.

    LOL ! I simply became indifferent by ADWD, insanity to keep up.

    Counting and identifying Frey relatives is akin to counting ants on a mound.
    At some point GRRM started referring to them as a unit, with the dubious
    exception a few active standouts. When Catelyn entreated with senior
    Walder, to bargain for Robb’s men crossing the Twins,there were so many
    of them present that even a panoramic view would take in their large numbers.

  • Joaquin,

    There were set reports of someone seeing a horse-like thing with a man’s- it was assumed that the horse was a stand in set peice for Grey WolfThis is one of my favorite visuals in the book and i am dying to see it.

  • I don’t want to be th one that complains, but I am going to say this. While admittedly looking creepy, I don’t really think this little man can pull of a frightening demeanor without say holding the power that someone like Joffrey or Ramsay has.

  • WildSeed,

    I’m happy that GRRM never created other branch of Frey family – for example Lord Frey’s male siblings or cousins and their children. You see it? 200 or even 300 Freys – a little family army.

  • I think that when winter comes Walder Frey is going to die and there would be a little family war to see who suceeds. Freys are greedy roaches.

  • I’m so into the Freys – I can tell them all apart. I DEMAND Lame Lothar. Do away with some of the others if you must, but don’t deprive us of Lame Lothar! I still wish they would have had one composite Frey in Season 2… we really needed one around the camp…

  • Good stuff. Along with Lothar the Lame, Jinglebells, Roslin, the Walders Big and Little, and the Late Lord himself, Black Walder’s one of the few Freys I can remember (as anything more than a name) off the top of my head. If only for his dark reputation.

  • I think by end of 6th book Black Walder will be the heir the Twins, with only the original late Walder Frey ahead of him at 90 plus years. I believe only one person is ahead of him in line for succession.

  • Does anyone know if the viper has been cast? I hope they don’t cut the mountain vs viper duel!

  • The mighty hodor:
    Does anyone know if the viper has been cast? I hope they don’t cut the mountain vs viper duel!

    Speaking of this, I have a couple questions perhaps someone can answer: why does Ser Gregor stand for Joffrey in ASoS, but a knight of the Kingsguard MUST stand for Cersei in ADwD? Why wouldn’t one of the Kingsguard have to stand for Joffrey against the Red Viper? (I guess the Red Viper wouldn’t have championed Tyrion if he wasn’t fighting Ser though) Was this mentioned in ADwD? I don’t recall. Is it simply Lannister hubris? They’ll bend the rules for (the late) Joffrey against Tyrion when it serves their purpose & seems adventageous, but won’t bend the rules again for Cersei when she’s the abomination? Clarification please.

  • TheSwordOfTheMorning,

    My guess is that it was because Joffrey wasn’t the one on trial. Since it was Tyrion who was on trial and he who demanded a trial by combat, his accusers were able to select whomever they wanted to oppose him.

  • TheSwordOfTheMorning: Speaking of this, I have a couple questions perhaps someone can answer: why does Ser Gregor stand for Joffrey in ASoS, but a knight of the KingsguardMUST stand for Cersei in ADwD?Why wouldn’t one of the Kingsguard have tostand for Joffrey against the Red Viper? (I guess the Red Viper wouldn’t have championed Tyrion if he wasn’t fighting Ser though)Was this mentioned in ADwD?I don’t recall.Is it simply Lannister hubris?They’ll bend the rules for (the late) Joffrey against Tyrion when it serves their purpose & seems adventageous, but won’t bend the rules again for Cersei when she’s the abomination? Clarification please.

    On my phone so don’t know how do to spoilers here, but I think that was partly the influence of the new HS in AFFC. It didn’t legally have to be, but it was suggested that it was only proper, and with him around that meant it HAD to be

  • […] • While we’re on the subject, Tim Plester has been cast as Black Walder in season three of Game Of Thrones. Plester has appeared in loads of British telly (he was a servant in Doctor Who’s “A Christmas Carol”) and also appeared in sci-fi prison drama film Lockout and had a memorable encounter with an industrial microwave in Kick-Ass. In A Song Of Ice And Fire, his character is the great-grandson of Lord Walder Frey, and he’s called “Black” Walder on account of his hot temper and frightening demeanor. [via WinterIsComing] […]