Game Of Thrones: Finn Jones On Why Ser Loras Tyrell Joined Team Lannister
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 -- Helen Sloan/HBO
Grief can do funny things to a person. In the case of Ser Loras Tyrell in the "Game of Thrones" "Blackwater" episode, it took him to a very dark place - the side of Tywin Lannister.
British actor Finn Jones, who plays the Knight of the Flowers, knew it was a breathtaking moment when his character strode into the Throne Room in the show's final seconds last Sunday, removing his helmet in front of a suicidal Cersei, just before Tywin strode in and revealed the Lannisters had won the battle.
Proving it really is a game of thrones, Finn explained to AccessHollywood.com the backstory that got Ser Loras to pick up a sword for Joffrey, the late King Renly's former foe.
AccessHollywood.com: Did it feel like an epic moment when you filmed that scene?
Finn Jones: It felt totally epic. I remember... we were kind of [at] the bigger doors to the Iron Throne Room, I had a bunch of my soldiers behind me and I had this helmet on with this scarf over my face. And I came down, [and busted] through the doors. It felt totally epic --just brilliant.
Access: The assumption then, for people who haven't read George R.R. Martin's books, based on that scene, is that the Tyrell's are now in alliance with the Lannisters. What's the behind the scenes drama - how does Ser Loras end up alongside Tywin?
Finn: All of his life he's devoted... everything to Renly. He didn't really have many friends. Renly was his main friend, his main lover, and he did everything for this guy and then the guy dies and his life just falls into utter chaos... He's picking up the pieces, but he's got no one really around him to help him out, and that's where his family and Littlefinger manipulated him into joining the Lannisters. But, I don't think he really knows what he's doing. He's kind of recklessly trying to seek some kind of revenge, but not really thinking about it wisely. [He's] just doing what he's told, really.
Access: Sometimes people in mourning will go through the motions and do what people tell them to do.
Finn: That's exactly what it is, and he's torn... He wants to help his family out, because he's very dutiful to them, and also, he wants revenge, he wants closure. At the same time, I think he knows what he's doing is not right and he truly believes that Renly was the true king and their plan was just so perfect and now that's thrown aside. And now, he's either got to work with Stannis or Joffrey and both of them are just horrible, disgusting kings to work for and to serve. He's really in a difficult position and I think the only person now that he truly wants to be dutiful to, is his sister [Margaery], and his family -- even if the motives are questionable.
Access: From an actor's point of view, what do you make of Loras and Margaery's relationship?
Finn: Especially now that Renly's gone, Margaery is someone that Ser Loras can really turn to, and I think it is a very real, loving relationship... As siblings go in the books, [they have] probably the most genuine relationship. There's no real politics behind their love for each other as siblings... I think they really do respect each other and want the best for each other. I think they also realize that they're in this world and if they want to survive and... succeed, they have to go into the politics of it.