Game of Thrones Interview

Freddie Stroma explains why he’s not reprising the role of Dickon Tarly in Season 7

Game of Thrones Season 6, Dickon Tarly

Last year, we reported that actor Tom Hopper (Black Sails) had joined the cast of Game of Thrones in the role of Sam’s brother Dickon. We briefly met Dickon in Season 6, when Sam stopped by Horn Hill for an unspeakably awkward family dinner—in that scene, he was played by actor Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). Now, Stroma has confirmed to IGN why he’s not coming back: shooting Season 7 would have interfered with the filming of his new series on ABC, Time after Time, where he plays author H.G. Wells.

According to Stroma, when he was originally cast as Dickon, he was told that “there’s a chance this is going to be coming back,” but by the time things firmed up, he was already committed to Time After Time. “I was shooting this, so my character, I wouldn’t be able to go back now,” he said. “It was still fun. I got to be in that world. I’ve watched all of it. It’s just an incredible TV show.”

Even just to get such a toe in there is fun. Just to be on set and kind of feel like I was in that world, I was a fan sitting there at the table doing that scene.

If you’ll remember, Dickon is an affable but thick-headed young man and the clear favorite son of his father Randyll (James Faulkner). In fact, Randyll preferred Dickon to Sam so much that he forced Sam to join the Night’s Watch so Dickon could inherit the Tarly name.

HBO has yet to officially confirm that Tom Hopper has been re-cast as Dickon, but that’s where all the signs are pointing. James Faulkner will also return as Randyll Tarly in Season 7.

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It’s too bad we won’t have a consistent Dickon, but it’s hard to begrudge Stroma the lead in a network show. Time After Time premieres on March 5 of this year.


  • Tom Hopper will be a convincing Dickon. He is a damn good “Billy Bones.” I’m so glad that he got this gig! Looks good on a resume.

  • Since his part will most likely consist of being set on fire by Drogon and little to nothing more, it matters very little who’s playing him.

  • Unlike most other shows that start a storyline and end it in the season finale, just to start a different storyline the next season, GoT is 8 seasons but 1 seamless story from start to finish. It’s unfortunate they’ve had to recast so many roles over the years (Ser Gregor twice, Daario, Dickon). Those are the only wrinkles in a world that’s sometimes hard to forget is fictional.

    • Yeah, it’s always a fourth wall breaker when it happens. Unfortunately, it’s the reality of the business and telling a story over years of start and stop production season by season. Happened in the Harry Potter movies too, which despite being the series that held the biggest ensemble cast over the most movies, still had a major recast with Dumbledore due to reality imposing. It’s hard to avoid.

      In the grand scheme of things, I like Daario 2.0 better than 1.0 (even though, to be honest, I never particularly cared about the character much at all), and I like the third Mountain much better than the second one, even if the first one was the best. So recasts aren’t always for the worse, even if they do create inconsistency.

      Dickon is minor enough that I don’t really care. If it weren’t for the fact that I recognized the actor from Harry Potter, I may never have even noticed who played Dickon or gotten much of a grasp on what he looks like. We only saw him once during a darkly lit dinner scene. But considering that I know he looks like Cormac McClaggen, I will notice the recast. I bet most people won’t, though. Harry Potter fans, yes.