Margaery realises that Cersei has set a trap and tries to persuade the High Sparrow to evacuate the Great Sept, but he refuses and orders the Faith Militant to restrain the crowd. The High Sparrow releases Margaery and her cousins into Randyll Tarly's custody due to the weakness of the evidence against them, but continues to hold Cersei prisoner. To further gain his support, Cersei also reinstates the Faith Militant. The High Sparrow shares many similarities with Girolamo Savonarola, an Italian friar who de facto ruled the Republic of Florence from 1494 to 1498, denouncing clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. [6], I quite like the fact that people are going, "Oh, he's a horrible character!" [7], The High Sparrow arrives in King's Landing after Tywin Lannister's death to serve the poor, downtrodden, and infirm. The High Sparrow's thrall over Tommen leads him to abolish trial by combat, thwarting Cersei's hopes of being absolved by that means. 10 wins & 23 nominations. Pryce admitted that one of the main reasons he took the role was because of how influential the character is plot-wise. His work in theatre, including an award-winning performance in the title role of the Royal Court Theatre's Hamlet, led to several supporting roles in film and television. High Sparrow: Julian Glover ... Grand Maester Pycelle Anton Lesser ... Qyburn: Owen Teale ... Alliser Thorne Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Mace Tyrell Ben Crompton ... Eddison Tollett And I'm going, "No! He's one of the good people in Game of Thrones! [1], The character is portrayed by Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce in the HBO television adaptation. His true name is unknown; his title was given mockingly by political opponents as a comparison to the formal leader of the Faith, the High Septon. Played by Jonathan Pryce. The High Sparrow leads a group of religious zealots determined to combat vice in King's Landing. Hoping to destabilise House Tyrell, Cersei arranges for the Faith Militant to arrest Loras Tyrell for being homosexual, with Margaery also arrested when she lies in an attempt to exonerate him. Tommen announces that Loras and Cersei's trials will be held on the same day, but on the day of the trial both Cersei and Tommen fail to appear. [3] He is a small, thin, hard-eyed, grey-haired old man with a heavily lined face. Favorite Movie or Episodic Series Pope Depiction? When Cersei visits the Great Sept of Baelor, the High Sparrow has her arrested and imprisoned. [2], The High Sparrow is a prominent member of the "sparrows", a religious movement formed during the War of the Five Kings, and a septon (priest) in the Faith of the Seven. He becomes of central importance to the shadow conflicts at court between Houses Lannister and Tyrell, and is open about his disgust with the corruption and impiety in the capital. The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh, Tomorrow Never Dies Galla Premiere Special, Cérémonie de clôture du 48ème festival de Cannes, The Making of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', Götz Otto - Tomorrow Never Dies Interview, Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards, Ronin: The Driving of 'Ronin' with Stunt-Car Coordinator Jean-Claude Lagniez, The World Is Not Enough: The Making of a Blockbuster, Ronin: Natasha McElhone - An Actor's Process, The Best TV Shows About Being in Your 30s. The High Sparrow is played by the Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce in the television adaption of the series of books. As Will Smith joins the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for a reunion on HBO Max, we take a look at his rise to fame. ", "Game of Thrones' Jonathan Pryce on the High Sparrow's Political Philosophy and His Resemblance to Pope Francis", "Game of Thrones star on that shocking finale death",, Articles with topics of unclear notability from July 2017, All articles with topics of unclear notability, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 August 2020, at 15:00. Cersei Lannister permits the High Sparrow to re-establish the Faith Militant, the military arm of the Faith, in return for the Faith forgiving the Crown's debt to it and blessing Tommen. The High Sparrow is confronted by Jaime Lannister, who is furious at Cersei's treatment at his hands, though Jaime is forced to stand down when the Faith Militant surround him. Although he appears to be humble and compassionate, his demeanor belies his shrewd and unrelenting fanaticism, which often borders on dangerous zealotry. Jaime marches on the Great Sept with the Tyrell army to secure Margaery and Loras' release, but is thwarted when Tommen reveals that he has formed an alliance between the Crown and the Faith. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Jonathan Pryce CBE (born John Price; 1 June 1947) is a Welsh actor. When Tommen begins visiting the High Sparrow to negotiate visits with Margaery, he begins to fall under the High Sparrow's influence. While at first being quite sceptical about "sword and sorcery" shows, he later had a change of heart after his positive experiences on the Game of Thrones sets. He is the de facto leader of the protest 'sparrow' movement that arises from the Faith of the Seven as a result of the carnage inflicted by the War of Five Kings. Moments later, wildfire primed by Cersei's subordinate Qyburn detonates beneath the Sept, with the High Sparrow instantly vaporised in the resulting explosion. Looking for something to watch? While at first being quite sceptical about "sword and sorcery" shows, he later had a change of heart after his positive experiences on the Game of Thrones sets. ", "Interview Roundup: John Bradley, Jonathan Pryce, and many more!