Natalie Dormer: ‘Margaery is a Victim of High Sparrow’s Incompetence’

margaery winds of winterMargaery’s demise seemed a bit unfair considering how she has always stayed a step ahead of Cersei. But this time, the former queen of Seven Kingdoms couldn’t get out of Cersei’s explosive, yet brilliant checkmate move and perished along with her brother, father, Kevan & Lancel Lannister and The High Sparrow. Natalie Dormer spoke with EW recently on her character’s death in season 6 finale of Game of Thrones:

“I thought it was really clever. I really did. It’s not an echo of anything you’ve seen in the last six years. It’s truly it’s own unique moment to tie up what’s been a unique storyline about what’s happened in King’s Landing over the course of season 6. I thought it was an inspired choice. And it’s really interesting that I am given a moment of some vindication at the very end, which was the perfect way for Margaery to leave the show. She’s given a platform to say that she was right, as she always is. But because the power was taken from her, she couldn’t do anything about it.”

Dormer thinks that if Margaery had more control, she would have probably survived:

“The reason it all goes tits up is because Margaery wasn’t in control of the battle against Cersei. 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. He underestimates Cersei and that’s something Margaery Tyrell would never do. David and Dan try to stay as close to human nature as possible.”

The actress also reveals that she actually asked showrunners to release her from the show as she wanted to work on another project but plans were already in place for Margaery’s demise:

“I requested [while making season 5 that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] release me from working on the show earlier than usual so I could do another project, and they ended up phoning me — and that was The Call. But I got it six months ahead of normal. They were like, ‘We weren’t going to tell you this for a few more months, but we’re not going to release you now, so you can’t do that job you really want to do and we’re really sorry about that. But on the bright side, we are going to release you proper in the not-so-distant future.’ It was good news, bad news — no you can’t do this, but don’t worry, you’re going to have lots more opportunities very soon.”

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