Update: A lot of you were mad about me spoiling this for you and ruining your whole entire lives. Find out if you made the list of my top seven favorite comments on this post.
YOU GUYS. Come in here for a second! I have more Game Of Thrones news nuggets for you today, in case the adorable story yesterday of Sophie Turner adopting the dog who played her character Sansa Stark’s direwolf Lady in real life wasn’t enough for you. This time the news is more closely related to the show and less heart-warming, so it’s perfect for you grinches out there who like thinking but hate smiling.
And the news is thus — the little kid who previously played Tommen Baratheon, little brother to tiny king/sociopath Joffrey Baratheon — has just been re-cast. Previously, he was played by a young actor named Callum Wharry, but the part has just been untimely ripp’d from his fingers and placed in the grateful hands of a different young actor named Dean-Charles Chapman. According to my brief foray onto IMDb, Dean had previously played the minor role of Martyn Lannister, who appeared in two episodes, evidently made a strong enough impression on producers to get them to replace Callum, who had appeared in eight episodes.
“But wait! Why is this happening! I’m so blindsided!” cried out the whole internet, gnashing its teeth. “Why would you replace a character mid-season? Did anyone see this coming?!?” And the answer is yes, there is one subset of the population that did know this, who didn’t need to read it online to know all about it — the people who read the books.
You guys, its in the Game of Thrones books that one of the child actors will be replaced during hiatus. #Duh
— karin l hammerberg (@karilouhamm) August 20, 2013
Okay so no, not because of that. I just enjoyed it, so I put it in. (I AM A GOD.) The real reason that this casting swap was made is because the old kid playing Tommen wasn’t very memorable. I mean I’m sure he’s great and all, I just can’t really remember any distinguishing characteristics. At all. And one thing you do remember if you read the books is that it’s about to become pretty important that Tommen is a memorable character. If you know what I mean. Eh? Eh?
No but seriously, guys, there are spoiler-y reasons for why they’d be switching things up. So if you haven’t read the books, first of all, get your head examined, because they’re excellent, and second of all, stop reading. Because I’m about to drop that knowledge.
[UPDATE: It's apparently unclear to readers that a spoiler is coming, so I've added this text and two more rounds of ellipses following it, on the recommendation of a commenter. If this isn't enough, I don't know how to help you.]
Ready? It’s because Joffrey dies, so Tommen’s about to become king, remember? So they need somebody kingly and adorable who loves kittens and Margaery, and I guess Dean-Charles fit the bill. Can’t wait for the new season!