Richard E Grant headshot

As a Game of Thrones fan, I have to remind myself to take it one day at a time. Patience is a virtue, and, soon enough, the show will come back and I can continue on with my life. Until then, I’ll have to fill the void with reruns. While some may not like them, I am one of the few who doesn’t mind off-season rumors, murmurs, and casting news. So excuse me if I show some excitement over the latest casting of Richard E. Grant in an “undisclosed role.”

For those of you who may not know him, Richard E. Grant has had a long line of roles ranging from television’s Doctor Who to the big screen version of Dracula (1992) . Of course who could ever forget his role as a warlock from the 17th century who somehow manages to find his way into the 20th during the 1989 film Warlock.


As for the “undisclosed role” that Grant has been cast for, the latest speculation is that he has been cast as Randyll Tarly, the father of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Dickon Tarly (Freddie Stroma).  If the rumor holds true, this would be great news. Samwell Tarly is one of my favorite characters, but he and his father don’t have the best relationship in the world. Hopefully that will all change when the two finally meet up after everything that has happened. However, this being Game of Thrones, and remembering the times that they all live in, I highly doubt Samwell will get any respect.

HBO has declined to make any kind of comment regarding the casting. If Grant really did land the role of Randyll Tarly, then why doesn’t HBO just come out and say so? Sadly, this probably means that Grant may not be playing him. Now the question is who could he be playing? If we’re lucky, maybe he’ll reprise his role as a the warlock. He could even end up battling Melisandre (Carice van Houten).

Game of Thrones is set to return to HBO in 2016.


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