Black Walder cast
By Ours is the Fury on in Casting.

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.


68 Comments

  1. Cary Storm
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Well, I guess it’s not Burn Gorman.

  2. Andy
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Oh, he’s awesome!

  3. M
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    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.

  4. Carne
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I love this guy :D

  5. The Rabbit
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I like that face. heh.

    And becoming more and more curious about Gorman and Brooke.

  6. Caro H
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    He looks the part. Burn Gorman should play Lame Lothar

  7. Jen@House Stark
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    He looks creepy enough. Should fit it with the Freys nicely.

  8. Ahmed Hassan
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Slightly off-topic but as i only use this forum so i felt to ask you guys a Question im pondering upon these days

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

  9. th3wick3d1
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    If only he was stout, he would be perfect! I think I remember reading that he was.

  10. Grijnwaald
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

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

  11. Doofus
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Cool news!! I still think that Burn Gorman will be one of the chief mutineers who turn on the Old Bear.

  12. Grijnwaald
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    Dovakhin because he is a badass Nord who can ride dragons.

  13. Grijnwaald
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Doofus,

    SPOILERS DOOFUS!

    Edit: Ok thank you

  14. Jon
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

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

  15. Winter Is Coming
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  16. Hi-Fi
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

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

  17. Jon
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Oh, silly me…

    Thanks!

  18. joaquin
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    i was thinking the same.

    th3wick3d1:
    If only he was stout, he would be perfect! I think I remember reading that he was.

  19. Nezzer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    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.

  20. joaquin
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    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

  21. Nezzer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    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.

  22. Cary Storm
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    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.

  23. sunspear
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,

    Black Walder is Walder Rivers.

  24. Jacarb
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    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…

  25. Ahmed Hassan
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    correct … but if the fight happens in the forest , i think the case would be different as connor is a hell of a Tree Climber

  26. Nezzer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

  27. Cary Storm
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    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.

  28. Nezzer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    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.

  29. Good ol' dead Ned
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    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

  30. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Well done Nina & co, a woman approves.

  31. TheNed
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

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

  32. Cary Storm
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    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.

  33. Ren Snow
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    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.

  34. bon
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    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.

  35. The Rabbit
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    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.

    This! lol

  36. Cory Lee Hill
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    sunspear,

    No that’s Basatard Walder. Black Walder is one of Ser Ryman’s sons

  37. Joaquin
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

  38. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    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…”

  39. Hislocal
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    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”

  40. RDL
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    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.

  41. Carne
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    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.

  42. WildSeed
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    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.

  43. Davidbc
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    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.

  44. WildSeed
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark:
    He looks creepy enough.Should fit it with the Freys nicely.

    I’m sold on this too.
    He would also make for a cool Ichabod Crane character.

  45. KG
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    He doesn’t look too warrior-ish.

  46. Nick_Scryer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  47. Aegon the Conqueror
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    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.

  48. The Rabbit
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Nick_Scryer,

    yes, I am pretty sure it is Beric vs. Hound
    Pretty much excited about it!

  49. bon
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Nick_Scryer,

    I must say that Making GOT Diary is much better this year than it was last year.

  50. bon
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    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.

  51. Joaquin
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    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.

  52. M
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    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…

  53. dizzy
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s a Frey!

  54. Tom
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    sunspear,

    Thats ridiculous

  55. Rabid Bogling
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    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.

  56. loco73
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Welcome to the cast ser! If anyone deserves a Colombian necktie is that Black Walder sonuvabitch!

  57. Nick_Scryer
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    Now tell me! Who’s playing the most important Frey of all?

    Merrett Frey.

  58. Lord Noga
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  59. The mighty hodor
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

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

  60. bon
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    The mighty hodor,

    Not in this season. They will probably do it in next season.

  61. TheSwordOfTheMorning
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    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.

  62. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    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.

  63. Tom
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    No one has mentioned he’s twice the age of the character he’s playing. But I guess that doesn’t matter

  64. Sword of the Morning
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Great call. That’s probably it.

  65. Abyss
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Tom,

    He is not. I think you confuse him with Big Walder or Little Walder.

  66. Michael
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    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

  1. [...] is also rumored that Lord Frey’s great-grandson, Black Walder, will be played by Tim Plester, but that is also yet to be [...]

  2. [...] • 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] [...]


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