Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones.
The sixth season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones came to an end on Sunday, in a game-changing episode that drastically altered the status quo of life in Westeros. Jon Snow has been declared the King in the North, Daenerys Targaryen is sailing across the Narrow Sea with an army of Dothrai, and Cersei Lannister now sits on the Iron Throne, having vanquished her enemies – including the High Sparrow and nearly all of the Tyrell family.
Margaery Tyrell’s fiery death was a significant blow to fans hoping the young Queen would finally get the better of Cersei, but the Red Keep’s most evil inhabitant managed to outwith and outmaneuver every one of her adversaries in King’s Landing. The loss of Tommen, her only remaining child, barely seemed to phase Cersei as she assumed her position at the top of the food chain, and the idea of her wielding absolute power paints a grim picture of the future.
Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar, Natalie Dormer spoke about her feelings on Margaery’s defeat at the hands of her biggest rival:
“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.”
But despite her character’s demise, Dormer remains in good spirits about her experience working on Game of Thrones for the past five years. “I wasn’t that surprised,” she said of her discovery that this would be her final season. “Dying on the show is an occupational hazard.”
Game of Thrones will return in 2017.
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