I've never really wanted to say it because it sounds too bold, but this was part of my plan and I'm very happy that it worked out.HB: Was it weird to make the transition from this strong, chivalrous knight to someone completely controlled by his devotion? The most interesting aspect of it was that Lancel is also a when you see him in Seasons 5 and 6 and he was a boy in the first two.cast still employed as of Season 6; though unseen in Seasons 3 and 4, his character had an important role from the show's inception."He has done a great deal to upset the outcome of King's Landing very dramatically," says Simon. Was there any point this season, given what he witnessed, when his faith was shaken?[Laughs] I had to drag my own body weight for eight to 10 hours. It's funny, some people view him in the first couple of seasons as being craven and a bit of a coward. I seem him as more of a Tommen figure in the first two seasons.He's young, he's a boy, he's trying to grow, he's frightened of the world he lives in, he's trying to adapt to it to become a Lannister and the embers of ambition are within him, but they're snuffed out by those around him.
That is, they make the choice their culture says they should make, and because of this, they die, tragically.
Eugene Simon: I was absolutely blown away, literally. He didn't know he was actually going to die this season. And when we both read the scene where the explosion goes off, Jonathan just set out a great big "NOOOOOOOOOOOO! And I told them, "The way you're describing his death, I just want to say 'thank you' for everything you've done over the past few years and thank you for being so generous with how you have chosen Lancel to go out this season. I think Lancel has had a wonderful run in this show and I'm so happy that I've been able to tell it. But when he's on the ground, paralyzed, bleeding, alone, in the deepest parts of the Sept of Baelor, he's frightened again, and he hasn't felt frightened for long time.
And he is terrified and vulnerable and nervous and sad, sad that this is how things are going for him. We'd been working so hard, and [director] Miguel Sapochnik, who has done the two most extraordinary episodes of to date, in my opinion, was working incredibly hard. So it was just me with the young actor who stabs Lancel in the back down in the crypt of this enormous castle just outside of Belfast.
Best known for his work as Lancel Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Jerome in House of Anubis, he is the only actor in his family having started at a young age.
Eugene has spent the past three years between his home in London and his new life in Los Angeles.