It is rare that we Game of Thrones fans are introduced to new characters seven seasons in, especially given the already sizable ensemble cast. However, viewers were treated to a surprise new addition in the latest episode, “The Spoils of War.”
The surprise in question is actor Tom Hopper, taking over the role of the uniquely-named Dickon Tarly, and here are five things you should know about the handsome Thrones newcomer.
He’s not technically a new characterThe curious thing about Hopper’s appearance is that while his face might be new to viewers, his character is not. We were first introduced to Tarly, aka Sam’s younger brother, last season when the role was played by Harry Potter alum, Freddie Stroma, who was unable to return to the show because of network restrictions on his ABC show, Time After Time.
He was a pirateWell, technically he played one on TV. Hopper is most recognizable for his portrayal of Billy Bones on Starz’s action-adventure series Black Sails. The character originally appeared in Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novel Treasure Island and was a key player on the Starz show, set 20 years before the action in Stevenson’s book. Black Sails ended in April after four seasons.
He supports worthwhile causes
He is in crazy great shapeNot that we’re surprised that an actor is physically fit, but Hopper’s commitment to exercise is serious. He runs, he jumps, he climbs, etc. Please see his Men’s Health cover story (and the accompanying photos) for more evidence. Also this:
He is a proud and playful papa
Hopper and his wife Laura, who is an actress, were married in 2014 and welcomed their son, Freddie Douglas, in 2015. Check out Mr. and Mrs. Hopper’s Instagram accounts for more photos of their adorable, golden-haired toddler and what appears to be a very blissful life together.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.