Spoilers for the latest "Game of Thrones" episode, "High Sparrow," lie ahead!
On Sunday night's (April 27) episode of "Game of Thrones," quite a few things happened that readers of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series were not expecting. First and foremost, there was the fact that Sansa Stark is now betrothed to Ramsay
Snow Bolton, which is a sharp turn from her storyline in the "Feast for Crows" book.
But even more visually shocking for readers and viewers alike was the love scene between King Tommen Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell -- which, again, never happens in the books, due to the large age difference between the two characters. They made Tommen a bit older on the series, but actor Dean-Charles Chapman was still 16 years old when he filmed the scene... while his scene partner Natalie Dormer was 33.
"It was very disturbing," Chapman told MTV News over the phone on Monday, after he watched his first love scene on the big screen. "Normally when my stuff’s on the telly, I don’t watch my own bits. But this was such a big scene for my character, so I checked it out... I found out about that scene by reading the script, and I was really shocked. I didn’t think it would have gone down like that on screen. I was nervous to just be pretend marrying Natalie Dormer."
As "disturbing" and Kylie-and-Tyga-esque as it was to view on screen, however, Chapman added that his time on set was made easier by the calming presence of Dormer, who is a seasoned pro at this sort of thing by now.
"Natalie is a lovely person, she made it all completely smooth," Chapman added. "It’s just really weird as a viewer to watch -- even if I watch it, it’s pretty messed up, because Tommen is such a young kid. Margaery is like, this fully grown woman, who is really just using Tommen for the power she can get from him... But it’s good for me."
Also good for Chapman was the help of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who he said had a "conversation amongst themselves" about how to make the scenes easier for Dormer and Chapman. This included a run-through to eliminate any unnecessary awkwardness, and a severely limited number of behind-the-scenes people present on set.
"On the day of filming, normally when you go to shoot a scene, you just have a run-through, and this run-through was really… The rehearsal was really just a chance to get comfortable with it; to open up and say if I wasn’t comfortable with anything. [We filmed with] the director, the main camera-man, then there were a couple of dudes that helped out the camera man -- like five or six people in the room. Not even that, probably like four, while it was happening. It was definitely limited."
Then of course, Chapman had to learn to be comfortable with the nudity. Even though the scene lasted mere minutes during the show, "when you’re there and actually facing Natalie Dormer, it seems to go on for years."
"It’s pretty weird," he continued. "I only had my top off; underneath the quilt I had trackies on and stuff. So that was all good; I was all good. But Natalie -- I pat her on the back for what she did."
Surprisingly enough, despite the emotional aspects of filming one's first love scene with a much older human, Chapman also told MTV News that -- from the shooting standpoint -- Sunday night's love scene was a cakewalk compared to shooting with the famously fluffy bundle of love that is Ser Pounce.
"The longest day was definitely the Ser Pounce scene, because it was just over and over and over again, trying to get the cat to do the same thing," Chapman said. "The bedroom scene, that was the most nervous and scared and highly anticipated thing I’ve ever done -- but it was all smooth."
Woah, woah woah. Hold the phone there, Chapman -- are you trying to suggest that you don't miss our favorite candidate for the Iron Throne as much as we do? Do you dare throw shade in the direction of Ser Pounce?!
Err, not so fast.
"I think the audience must miss him," Chapman course-corrected. "People were obsessed with him. He was a bit of a diva, but at the end of the day he’s only a cat, so when the director and the trainers are trying to get him to stand in position on the bed, or run off in a certain direction, it was a bit of a obstacle to get him to do it. But in the end, the final shot looks great, and he doesn’t really look like a diva. In truth, he was a bit of a bugger on set. But I’d like to see him back, I would. It’s down to the showrunners."
Benioff and Weiss -- make it happen.
And for what Chapman himself wants to see go down with his character, the actor said he wouldn't mind seeing just a little inner-King Joffrey come out to deal with all of those devious women.
"I think he’s just going to become a maniac one day and kill everybody," Chapman joked. "That’s what I’m hoping for -- the biggest story twist of all time. No, but I hope he stands up to Cersei or Margaery one day. I think he will."