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Black Sails’ Tom Hopper joins Game of Thrones Season 7 in a recast role

After some eventful filming at Trujillo Castle, filming on Game of Thrones Season 7 has moved on to Las Breñas, a private estate near the town of Malpartida. Filming there will continue through Friday, and Los Siete Reinos has some photos of the action, such as it is. Behold: wagons and horses.

The show shipped in seven buses full of extras into the area, plus 60 horses. Big things are happening there.

After that, the show moves on to el Barrueco de Arriba, where it will film for 22 days. That’s a very long time, and it’s expected that the production will spend it filming a large scale battle featuring several important characters. LSR has some information about one of them. Beware minor SPOILERS.


The fight to be filmed at el Barrueco de Arriba has been teased for a while: after the Lannisters sack Highgarden (that’s what they were filming at Trujillo Castle), they head home, but are ambushed by Daenerys and her Dothraki army on the way. As this all happens in the Reach, Tyrell bannerman Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner), father to Sam, is involved. So is his son, Dickon, whom we met in Season 6 during a memorably awkward Tarly family dinner. However, LSR reports that Dickon will no longer be played by Harry Potter alum Freddie Stroma, who played him in “Blood of My Blood.” Instead, he’ll be played by Tom Hopper, an English actor noted for his roles in MerlinDoctor Who, and Black Sails.

Hopper has reportedly been seen working out at a gym with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn). Here he is on Monday sitting next to Faulkner, whom he recently followed on Twitter.

Here is a picture of Tom Hopper and James Faulkner (Lord Tarly) in Spain. #jamesfaulkner #tomhopper #gameofthrones #juegodetronos

A photo posted by gotseason7_news (@gotseason7_news) on

This photo was taken by María José Torrejón of Hoy.

Game of Thrones has been known to recast actors before—the Mountain, Tommen Baratheon, Mrycella Baratheon, Daario Naharis, and the Three-Eyed Raven have all been played by multiple people—so this is nothing new. Stroma is currently playing H.G. Wells in an ABC series called Time After Time, so there may have been a scheduling conflict.


In any cast, Hopper looks like he’ll be a good fit for the athletic, affable Dickon. We’ll likely see more of him as filming continues.


  • Yay!! Glad to hear Tom Hopper joins GoT’s. Bring a little Black Sails action to this history making show!

  • Great pic once again Purrbot! Tom Hopper is great as Billy Bones on Black Sails! He will definitely master the fight scenes! And here’s to hoping he gets to take his shirt off some too!🔥

    • Its quite surprising how many supporting actors have jumped ship on GOT over the years. Really, what would be a better gig than one of the most watched TV shows on the planet? (Definitely not Transporter: Refueled).

  • Love me some Black Sails, they return 2017.
    The Lannisters should have stayed at River run. It built like a damn and was you open the gates, it will flood the region. Now I understand what the Blackfish said they had enough provisions for two years.

  • I already thought that Toby Stephens and Tom Hopper (Flint and Billy from Black Sails) could fit as Jon Connington and “Aegon Targaryen” in the HBO show.

    But for recast? Dunno.

  • I think taking High Garden might have been about capturing their 50,000 to 100,000 soldiers while their matriarch is in Dorne plotting against the Lannisters – a kind of quick grab while the leader is away. That way the Lannister forces, with the High Garden soldiers are more formidable to Dany’s All-Star Forces (Unsulley, Dothraki, some Iron Borne, and Dragons). The show has to find a way to make the odds more even. But, it looks like Dany interrupts the post victory march.

  • Saw Tom Hopper in Bournemouth a couple of months ago. I’ve no problem with recastings; I took to Michiel Huisman right away.

  • Love Black Sails so glad to see he will be in GOT. They should get Toby Stephens on board too. Both great actors. Black Sails S4 here we come in January!