When the Queen enters, he asks her where she would go if he were to release her. In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the so-called "High Sparrow" is a prominent member of the "sparrows", a religious movement formed during the War of the Five Kings in the wake of brutalities committed against septs as well as men and women sworn to the Faith of the Seven. The High Septon when the war began was richly dressed and too obese to walk far, even as war refugees starved to death in the streets of King's Landing (this High Septon was later torn to pieces by a mob in food riots). Then the High Sparrow has Cersei arrested on similar, but this time more accurate charges, and for additional and much more serious charges: treason, deicide (murder of the previous High Septon) and regicide (Robert's murder). 5, 6 The High Sparrow is relatively pleased that the Queen admits to having committed adultery with Lancel, but states that a trial will be held nonetheless to ascertain the truth behind the other charges she still denies: regicide and incest. This septon is probably the High Sparrow. Death shown in episode , It now becomes apparent that his High Holiness wields significant influence over King Tommen, and is fast becoming the de facto ruler of King's Landing. “The law” that concerned the High Sparrow was not the law of the State but religious doctrine in a kingdom that almost seemed pluralistic by default, with its key players too concerned with vying for power in this life to care about the next. Because, at the end of the day, that's all he is. Moon Boy, the royal jester, was the first to call him by that name as a jape, and it soon became his common nickname. The High Sparrow is engulfed in wildfire when the caches beneath the Great Sept explode. The High Sparrow is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. The High Sparrow did seem genuinely interested in alleviating poverty, and was interesting to viewers despite his ideological purity when this seemed to be his area of focus. Olenna resorts to offering him a bribe, and when this fails she threatens to have House Tyrell cease supplying the realm with their crops. The unnamed septon tells Brienne about the Sparrows, and states that "it is time for all anointed knights to forsake their worldly masters and defend our Holy Faith". Naturally, that is largely because it is a cause justifiable on non-religious grounds. Under his tenure, the Faith Militant was reestablished, and amasses considerable influence over the Iron Throne during the reign of King Tommen I. He manipulates Cersei's resentment toward Margaery to gain control of King's Landing through the Faith Militant. In fact, the High Sparrow's punishments were not uniform, but instead both highly selective and highly gendered. He champions equality before law, redistribution of wealth — ideas far closer to liberal values than anything his antagonists support.”, Douthat claims that the reaction has broader societal implications, further writing, “My point is just that it says something interesting about the story itself and (especially) our pop culture mavens that so many ppl identified w/the privileged warmongering aristocrats in their struggle to crush the story's lone popular uprising.”, Douthat's sole citation links to a recap by the New Yorker's Sarah Larson, characterizing, “this one's glee at his downfall” as “the ne plus ultra of the [fascinatingly hostile] genre.” Larson's recap was less gleeful about the death of the High Sparrow specifically than the thrillingly fast-paced nature of the episode generally, though she did point out the delicious irony that his murder was carried out by poor children, arguably the most vulnerable of the commoners he claimed to represent. He began to minister to the less fortunate because he now felt they were closer to the Seven than anyone..