It would seem as if the people at HBO are changing things up a little bit this season when it comes to the hit HBO Original Series Game of Thrones. In what comes as the second casting change so far this season, you will note that there is a new actor playing the role of Tommen Baratheon.
To the casual viewer, this change may have gone unnoticed. Including last night’s episode, the character has only been in 9 episodes of the series. Also, the character was not used at all during Season 3 of the series.
Callum Wharry, the actor who played the role of the young Baratheon, was in 8 of the 9 episodes that the character appeared in. Now, the role is being taken up by Dean-Charles Chapman.
What makes this a rather interesting move is that Tommen Baratheon is not the first character that Chapman has played in the epic series. Chapman also played the role of young Martyn Lannister who appeared in two episodes, “Walk of Punishment” and “Kissed By Fire,” in Season 3 before his character was run through by Rickard Karstark.
While Tommen has almost always been a background character in the series, this is all about to change. Now that King Joffrey has taken his last breath, the burden of the monarchy now falls to the younger Baratheon.
Just in case you missed last night’s episode, here is a look at Tommen as he and his mother Cersei stand over the body of his brother Joffrey in mourning.
From the conversation young Tommen had with Tywin in last night’s episode, it would certainly seem as if Tommen will be a much kinder, and possibly even wiser ruler than young Joffrey. Hopefully, he has better luck surviving his eventual wedding.
This is not the first casting change that has been made this season on Game of Thrones. When the series started up earlier this month, it was noticed that there was a new actor playing the role of Daario Naharis, one of the latest warriors to join Daenerys’ ever-growing army. Actor Ed Skrein elected to bow out of the series to concentrate on his movie career. In his place is Michiel Huisman.
It will be interesting to see if there are any more changes made over the course of the season. One of the things I know that I will be looking forward to watching the journey that Tommen will now take on his path to the most uncomfortable throne in all of the Seven Kingdoms.
What do you think of the recent casting changes in the show? Do you think we will see any more changes over the course of the season? Even more so, what are your thoughts on last night’s episode and the announcement of the new king? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Just in case you missed it earlier today, here is a look at FanSided’s Game of Thrones recap show Winter Is Coming Live where your hosts will take you through everything that went down in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones entitled “Breaker of Chains.”
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