The Faith of the Seven has gained much significance in “Game of Thrones” Season 5. Cast member Eugene Simon spoke about the faith and about his character, Lancel, in a recent interview.
Lancel was instrumental in the arrest of Cersei Lannister in episode 7 of the current season. Simon's interview with HBO about his character and some of the recent events on the show has been posted on the official MakingGameofThrones site.
The actor revealed that after the Battle of the Blackwater, Lancel believes he has a divine purpose and that mission entails making sure that everyone plays by the “same set of rules.” So his actions against Cersei are not a form of vendetta but driven by his worldview and also are meant to “redeem his sin” by bringing her along.
Cersei, however, may not see her situation as Lancel does. Simon noted that his character had a “lot of convincing to do.” Readers should note that the High Sparrow had previously stated that those who confess to their sins will be granted mercy.
One character who is still pulling strings behind the scenes and who has escaped justice in “Game of Thrones” Season 5 is Petyr Baelish. Lancel confronted Petyr in one of the episodes, but ultimately decided not to arrest or harm him. Simon explained that Lancel knows that Petyr has “a great deal to atone for” but chose to let him go because the character felt that his time will come and his “karma” will catch up with him one day.
The Faith Militants have become a powerful force very quickly in “Game of Thrones” Season 5, and Simon warns that people still underestimate what the religious fanatics are capable of. The actor quotes the line “You are the one, we are the many” from the show to explain the power of the faith. He noted that the Faith Militants clothe, feed and house the poor and they have the law on their side. The group now has both Margaery and Cersei, and they are expected to be put on trial soon.