Of all the characters on Game of Thrones, Samwell Tarly’s has had one of the greater transformations. Starting as a self-proclaimed craven, he's evolved into a person who will stand up for the people he loves with a sword in his hand. Now, Game of Thrones has cast his brother...and we have no idea where this is going.
Dickon is Sam’s younger brother and the heir that his father Randyll wants, so much so that he threatened to kill Sam if he didn’t join the Night’s Watch and cede his birthright. This implies that Dickon is much more like his father - that is, military minded and cunning.
The only time we really get to see Dickon in George R.R. Martin’s novels is is in A Clash of Kings, in which we read him telling Randyll about the competition among the knights to take Brienne’s virginity.
So, why and how are we meeting Dickon in the TV series? Perhaps he appears in Sam’s storyline: Sam is being sent south to learn to become a maester, to replace the late Aemon Targaryen. Will Sam encounter Dickon along the way? Or will he appear as a stand-in for his father, who in the books has a part to play in King’s Landing?
I don’t know. But as with everything in Game of Thrones, I’m looking forward to the (usually blood-soaked) journey.
Dickon will be played by Freddie Stroma, who appeared in three Harry Potter movies and sci-fi film Extraterrestrial.