“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.
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 uncle 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.
with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Chapman will also be playing Billy Cooper in the highly anticipated TV series
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
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I always felt kinda sorry for Tommen. Dean-Charles did such a solid job playing that poor marshmallow. His end was sad but really well done. My heart went out to him. Great job Mr. Chapman! Good luck in everything you do!
Dean-Charles made me very fond of young Tommen. He did a great job. Best of luck to him in the future.
I remember noticing how good he was in that small role as Martyn. He came a long way from that point! He’s an amazingly talented actor (go watch the youtube videos of him onstage as Billy Elliot sometime) and he’s going to keep going far, after this.
Dean is awesome. I wish him the best. He also has the gif of the year hands down 😀
Boy I loved that kid. Such a sweet kid. Unfit for that world of horrors. Really wished he could like abdicate and go live a quiet life in Casterly Rock or something. No luck for him.
And young Mr. Chapman was adorable. Really nailed that role. Good luck, Dean.
A great actor! I found his death really tragic. He didn’t hesitate for a second… Poor Tommen. Anyway, I wish Dean all the best.
Dean-Charles Chapman. You really were too good for Westeros and deserved better playing the doomed from jump, Tommen. I haven’t seen Billy Elliot on stage, but the movie was great, so I am going to YouTube it straight away.
As all the others we wish you great fortune in your future endeavors, I doubt you really need it. Go forth and continue making us proud of you.
Tommen Baratheon, one of the most tragic characters. With a good Hand, he could have been next Jaehaerys I. the Concilliator or Daeron II. the Good but at the end, his reign more resembled Aegon III. the Broken King. Sadly, Cersei managed to screw everything up. Really great performance by Dean Charles Chapman, playing a character who was young and naive, even though the actor himself is older than the character. I will never believe GoT Wikia, which not long ago described Tommen as being 19 years old.
He did a good job in a fairly thankless role. He was able to pull off the naivette, the excitement (when he was visited in his room by Margary), the helplessness and confusion of being buffeted by so many strong contrary personalities and finally the sadness and despair of realizing his mom had killed his wife. He even pulled off a picture perfect swan dive (unless that was a stunt performer).
He did get some nice scenes with Ser Pounce and of course he got to get a little snuggle time with Natalie Dormer. So I guess it wasn’t that much of a thankless role after all.
Well Done Dean-Charles! I remember a lot of people were apprehensive when he was cast as Tommen as this fandom doesn’t seem to like recasts, but he immediately showed how foolish those people were. Dean-Charles shone in the role, and really made me believe in the character. When I found out he had a Cockney accent in real life I almost couldn’t believe it, because his accent as Tommen seemed completely natural. I’m sure he’ll go onto many fascinating and diverse roles, and I wish him the best of luck.
Lena should have to write those up: http://beautifuldeath.com
Nice work, Dean. Being King isn’t always great.
Good night, sweet Prince. Ser Pounce will avenge you….
Congrats, Dean-Charles, I’m glad to hear the offers are lining up. You were great. 🙂
Definitely agree he did a great job with this role. It would have been very easy to mess this up and play Tommen as very one-dimensional, but he did a great job with a fairly small number of lines of showing a boy in way over his head looking for guidance everywhere he turns and being manipulated by everyone. I never cared at all about this character in the books, but Dean made Tommen a true tragic character I could sympathize with and care to see him die.
Dean was great in the role.I found Tommen a really tragic character.People were annoyed by him for being weak but to me he was just a kid neglected by his parents caught up in something way bigger than him trying to do the right thing.It had been a long time since a death had shook me up this much on game of thrones.In any case Dean was great at expressing all of this and I wish him all the best
I think you meant grandfather. Otherwise, good article.
He was a great actor. He embodied the fear, the insecurity and the pressure that comes with being king at a young age.
Am I the only one who thought his death was filmed to look comical? The long wait until he jumps, the way in which he doesn’t doubt when going out the window, the voice of Walder Frey saying “For House Lannister” while we still see the open window…
I will never believe GoT Wikia, which not long ago described Tommen as being 19 years old.
I was always impressed by what he brought to the role. I found him all the more convincing when I saw the actor interviewed on Thronecast and he came across as a (likeable) cocky geezer – quite the departure from his portrayal of King Tomm!
I think his best scene was his last. Very tragic end for one of the story’s true innocents.
Funny that the 3 last posters are kills by women.
Robert Baratheon – 7 Episodes (S1E1 to S1E7) Joffrey Baratheon – 26 Episodes (S1E7 to S4E2)
Tommen Baratheon – 26 Episodes (S4E5 to S6E10)
There is only 13 episodes left, so it looks like we will have a tie by the end of the series.
I thought Tommen, Margery, & The High Sparrow were wonderfully acted. But I’m glad they are dead. Gives us more time to see Jon & Dany. Because as this series as progressed, King’s Landing & The Iron Throne has sort of become a side story.
Prob my favorite of the season (I liked the Ellaria one a lot too).
Good night, sweet Prince, may angels sing thee to thy rest
Tommen doesn’t have much to do in the books; the show, and Chapman, gave him complexity and character. He was so idealistic, as any teenager would be. He was shown as someone willing to listen and ready to learn but he wasn’t able to, given who his advisors were. His comments about being a king and not being able to do a think about it (Margary’s capture) expressed his frustration, and his final act expressed his realization that he could not carry on in this world. Excellent work Dean.
I didn’t know you were Billy Elliot – I saw the production when it was in town, just a splendid perforrmance. I look forward to seeing more of you on stage on screen and on shows. Good luck in your future career!
I will pet my kitties and outlaw beets in my home in his honor.
Tommen was one of the only truly innocent characters in all of Westeros. I think maybe Hodor and Lollys Stokeworth are the only other 2 I can think of. Dean Charles Chapman was adorable in the role. I am almost never a fan of recasts but this one actually made sense.
It’s too bad no one around him had his best interests at heart and he had to die to further Cersei’s chances of winning the game. God, his story is so damn heartbreaking when you think about it. Hope you’re playing with all the kitties and royal seals you can get your hands on in the afterlife Tommo!
He was so sweet and innocent – and so worried about becoming Joffrey that he went to the opposite extreme. If he had just forced his way up those stairs of the Sept when Margaery was first arrested, the whole thing would have turned out differently. Dean Charles was perfect for the role.
His cockney accent has been mentioned. Oddly enough, during the off-time last year I took the advice of some of the posters on here who said the series “Ripper Street” was a great watch. It was, and during one of the episodes I sat straight up and said to the TV, Is that Tommen? It was … Dean Charles was playing a 19th century cockney thug/would-be pimp. A smart-mouthed little beast. And he was really great at it, so great I wanted to smack him, where with Tommen, you want to give him a hug and a kiss on the head. So yeah, the kid has talent; he can play totally different character types and have you believing each one. Good luck kid, stay away from open windows.
In spite of the ageing up of the character, Tommen retained an innocence and naivety that was both beautiful and heart-wrenching to watch. And a huge part of making that a success was Dean-Charles Chapman. He conveyed Tommen’s sense of hope until the last, and his death was as much a result of the loss of hope and innocence as it was the loss of Margaery. Tommen was one of the few GoT characters it was impossible to hate. While, as a viewer, I was often exasperated by what seemed to be a lack of action, there was no malice in him and ultimately he was never meant for the Game.
Farewell Tommen of House Baratheon (Lannister), First of His Name. We shall miss you, your kittens, and the only symbol of innocence that seemed to be left in King’s Landing.
I wonder who the next actor to have a character die a second time will be? Richard Dormer? Ian Whyte? Kit?
Poor Tommen, RIP :(… looking back now, Ser Pounce is a neat foreshadowing of Tommen’s end.
I must say that Dean-Charles Chapman had done a wonderful job, portraying young, good and innocent king, that in the end has fallen as victim of those whom he loved best.
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