Vikings actor joins the cast of the Game of Thrones prequel pilot

Tadhg-MurphyThings have been quiet, as expected, on the Game of Thrones spinoff front since filming completed on the pilot in mid-July, in Italy.  But as always in the world of GoT, fresh casting news crops up after the fact as actors’ resumes fill out slowly, providing us with new surprises, letting the fun roll out for months to come.

The newest Blood Moon casting comes to us today via a tip from our friends at Redanian Intelligence.

According to the actor’s CV, Irish actor Tadhg Murphy has filmed a role in the Game of Thrones prequel.

There are no details at the moment as to what role he’s playing in the prequel pilot, as HBO is keeping things hush-hush, and the actor’s resume lists only the show and the director S.J. Clarkson, no character name. Currently Murphy is best known to audiences for his roles on Vikings as Arne and Black Sails as the real-life pirate Ned Low. He had a recurring role in the TNT show Will (which co-starred Jamie Campbell Bower), and will be appearing in the upcoming third season of the Amazon series Absentia.

I really enjoyed Murphy in his Black Sails and Vikings roles so hopefully HBO has something meaty for him to work with. This is still just a pilot, so it’s hard to know who is in for a long run or not, but we can wish!

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  1. People talk about what will be “next GoT”. Witcher, LOTR, Wheel of Time, ….

    But I feel this show will be more successful than any of them. It’s HBO after all.

  2. Mr Derp:
    Almost looks like a young Thoros of Myr in that pic, minus the top knot.

    Yeah, I can see the resemblance too.

    I don’t know if any will be a replacement since GOT lasted 8 seasons (10 years).
    The two I can’t wait to see are HDM (His Dark Materials), and Carnival Row (which I think is supposed to be released today!). I also just saw a clip for Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal. Yes they look like muppets because they are 🙂 but it looks like it could be pretty awesome. All of these though are probably much more limited series than an 8 season GOT. Blood Moon on the other hand if well done could go on a thousand years literally.

  3. Wish I’d seen Black Sails. So many actors now have that on their resume and I heard it is good. No one has it from the streaming services that I use either and I’m not paying for Starz package either.

  4. Since we haven’t gotten the announcement that the series has been greenlit, isn’t it a positive sign that they’re still casting people? I guess they could do it for any number of reasons but I choose to be optimistic. ☺


    I’ve watched six episodes of Carnival Row (dropped Friday). I’m liking it more than some of the critical reception. I do think it’s a little flat so far but I’m enjoy in it enought to keep watching. I also agree that it’s closer to Penny Dreadful than GoT. I’m thinking HDM might be as well, albeit for a younger audience. That’s not a bad thing for either, just a bit further from the exact genre of GoT than I’m expecting The Witcher and TWoT to be. I’ve read most of TWoT and have started TW books so I’m still most excited for them… along with the GoT prequel.

  5. TormundsWoman:
    Wish I’d seen Black Sails. So many actors now have that on their resume and I heard it is good. No one has it from the streaming services that I use either and I’m not paying for Starz package either.

    I’ve been the biggest game of thrones fanboy since day one pilot episode, but on rewatching black sails in the last two weeks, that has taken the crown in my top five, the sets, the cgi, costumes, acting, and most importantly, the writing is top notch, it has a proper beginning middle and end, and zero filler, i can only speak for the uk but it’s free on prime, maybe you can take the 30 day free trial if you haven’t used it before then cancel it.

  6. Mr Derp,

    Oh yeah, that guy. I didn’t even look, just saw new articles popping about it. I’m just waiting for any decent, new info about it.

  7. Judging by his appearance he looks like a Northerner or Iron Islands descendant to me.

    I’m still having mixed emotions on the prequel having just read the “Hedge Knight” and although it’s in the same universe it feels like a completely different story to ASOIF in a way that I don’t enjoy it any where near as much despite it not being bad by any means. They could easilly do the same with the prequel I fear.

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