Game of Thrones’ sixth season wrapped up on Sunday, and as fans already know, not everybody made it out still breathing. Among the numerous deaths in “Winds of Winter” there was an unexpected one, that of Margaery Tyrell, played by Natalie Dormer. And it really was a shock to many.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), the absolute villain of the show, is the one to blame for her death. Although she didn’t target Margaery specifically, but the High Sparrow. When the High Sparrow summoned Cersei to stand trial in the Sept of Baelor, she fought back in style – with the most powerful weapon she had at hand, wildfire – killing her daughter-in-law Margaery in the process.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the finale’s premiere, Natalie Dormer herself agreed that Margaery’s fate seemed particularly unfair.
The actress didn’t hesitate to express her feelings regarding her surprise exit from the HBO hit show, but stated that the way the storyline was wrapped up was actually “an inspired choice.”
Dormer blames her character’s death on the High Sparrow’s (Jonathan Pryce) sheer incompetence, saying that he underestimated Cersei and how far she’d be willing to go to eliminate her enemies.
“The reason it all goes tits up is because Margaery wasn’t in control of the battle against Cersei,” the actress says. “She had to hand the reins over to the High Sparrow and Cersei outplays him. By the end, Margaery is a victim of the High Sparrow’s incompetence.”
This means the Lannister matriarch didn’t really outsmart Margaery, but rather she managed to dupe the High Sparrow, and her daughter-in-law was a collateral victim. That’s not to say Cersei didn’t want to see her dead.
Cersei felt threatened by Margaery’s youth, beauty and her ability to stay in men’s good graces. And she acknowledged her rival’s power by plotting that wildfire blow-up.
Talking about her exit from the show in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Natalie says she is pleased with how things ended for her character, especially the fact that the last scene properly depicts the brother – sister relationship between Loras and Margaery, who had made arrangements for him with the High Sparrow.
“It seemed an exciting, fitting way to depart,” Dormer declares. “It was very moving and fitting that Finn and I should be together for those last three days and the brother and sister should go to their fate together.”
Margaery Tyrell was one of the greatest characters of the show, the embodiment of feral ambition, sharp wit and pure beauty, so she will dearly be missed.
Although her character met her demise, Dormer says she’ll keep watching the remainder of the show like any other fan.