Queen Margaery Tyrell, played by Natalie Dormer, made her grand, dramatic, fiery exit in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, ?The Winds of Winter.? As you all know by now, Margaery?together with her brother Loras (Finn Jones), her father Mace Tyrell (Roger Ashton-Griffiths), the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), and the rest of the Faith militant?met her death when her mother-in-law Cersei Lannister blew up the Great Sept of Baelor by lighting up the underground barrels of deadly Wildfire that were leftover from Mad King Aerys Targaryen?s time.
In an exclusive interview with Harper?s Bazaar, Natalie Dormer says that she couldn?t think of a better way for her character to exit the show during the Game of Thrones season 6 finale. The English actress also points out that Cersei didn?t exactly beat her. Margaery died because she entrusted her fate to the High Sparrow.
?It seemed an exciting, fitting way to depart. Margaery’s been battling Cersei for the last however many years and she ends up dying on the show not because she didn’t beat Cersei, but because she trusted that someone else?the Sparrow?was handling her. She had the reins taken away from her, from being in control of the situation; the High Sparrow took the reins and it proves that he underestimated Cersei in a way that Margaery never would have. There’s a moment before Margaery and the High Sparrow die when they look at each other and Margaery realizes that Cersei has outplayed him and she’s gonna die because of that. There’s this moment that Jonathan Pryce gives as well; this look on his face when he realizes he’s been outplayed by Cersei. Margaery is a fatality of the High Sparrow underestimating Cersei.?
In the same interview, Natalie admits that letting go of her character was not easy, especially because she already has an attachment with Margaery. She knows that she?s not the only one that would get affected by Margaery Tyrell?s death.
?I’m sure everyone will be sad. I’d like to think that people will be sad to see the Tyrells unjustly blown to smithereens! [Laughs] As an audience member you spend so much time with these characters, you get to know them very well and to have them so irreverently snatched from you and killed is really harsh. But that’s what real life is and that’s why Game of Thrones is the powerhouse that it is. It’s not scared to take away some of your favorite characters. It’s always been brave, this show. I think everyone will have their breath taken away by all the characters, especially Tommen’s decision because that’s very dramatic. I wasn’t there the day Dean-Charles [Chapman] shot that scene but I heard it was very moving for the crew members who were watching it. Other than my storyline, I don’t know what happens in Episode 10 on purpose so I can watch it like a fan. I’m really excited.?
What will she miss most about the show? Natalie says that it?s the actors and the crew members whom she now considers family, and all the wonderful things happening when the cameras aren?t filming.
?Being a part of that family on a day-to-day basis. It’s five years of my life. I’ll always be a part of the family in my heart but just the day-to-day interaction, the jokes, the laughing??
Asked which of the Game of Thrones characters she wants to end up on the Iron Throne, Natalie answers, ?It changes every time I watch the show! I’m loving the Stark girls at the moment.?
Even though she would no longer be seeing her friends and colleagues on the set, Natalie promises that she would continue being a fan of the show.
?Absolutely! I was a fan before and during the show and I watched Season 1 as just a fan girl, so I’ll go back to watching the show just like a fan girl.?
Long live the Queen!
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