“Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
Sunday night’s episode, “The Winds of Winter,” brought the prophesied death of Cersei Lannister’s final child: King Tommen of House Baratheon, First of His Name. Though we knew it was inevitable, it was shocking nonetheless to see the young king leap to his death.
Dean-Charles Chapman was first cast on Game of Thrones back in season 3 as the Lannister cousin Martyn. The son of Kevan Lannister and younger brother of Lancel was murdered by Lord Rickard Karstark while in Robb Stark’s custody. Even in a minor role, Chapman shined as a casualty in the Lannister/Stark war.
Fast-forward to season 4 and Chapman is now playing the king of Westeros after his late brother Joffrey: talk about a promotion! His talents would bring the tender king to life and with his reign, a new innocence to Westeros.
Sadly, Tommen got the short end of the stick in terms of advisors. After a quick coronation, his grandfather Tywin cast a truly terrifying shadow over the young king as acting Hand. Just a few episode later, the position of Hand of the King is vacant again. Now he must rely on his uncle Kevan, distraught mother Cersei, and manipulative wife Margaery. The kid never had a chance; he was doomed even without a prophecy looming over him. Luckily, he still had Ser Pounce to keep him company.
Aside from Game of Thrones, Chapman has appeared in an assortment of TV series including The Revolting World of Stanley Brown (2012), The White Queen (2013), and Fungus the Bogeyman (2015). He starred in the 2014 thriller Before I Go to Sleep with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Chapman will also be playing Billy Cooper in the highly anticipated TV series Will based on William Shakespeare’s early years debuting in 2017 on TNT. If you haven’t heard of the series or seen the trailer, I highly recommend it. It seems he has already landed a role in another hit TV series!
Chapman was an outstanding casting choice for Tommen as he encompassed the gentle nature and naïvety of the young king expertly. Though it was a tragic ending for his character, he said himself that his peaceful nature allowed him to meet a peaceful end.
The most memorable of Chapman’s performances that comes to mind is after Margaery is imprisoned and the king realizes how little power he has. The strong way he delivered the line “I am the king! The queen is in prison and there is nothing I can do!” finally emits all the frustrations he’s held in. The truthful moment for Tommen also conveys how much Margaery means to him and is crucial in understanding his suicide.
We will miss Chapman’s presence on the show! He was a charming addition to the Game of Thrones ensemble.