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Game Of Thrones' epic season finale gave fans a lot to celebrate with the reveal of Jon Snow's origin, Daenerys' fleet of ships headed straight for Westeros, and a girl who finally got (some) of her revenge!
But, as per tradition of the HBO fantasy hit, not everyone made it out of Season 6 alive — particularly in King's Landing!
[SPOILERS ARE COMING!]
Many residents in Westeros perished during Sunday night's episode at the hands of Cersei Lannister, who got out of her long-awaited trial from the High Sparrow by blowing up the entire sept with everyone in it — including fan favorite character Margaery Tyrell!
Though the cunning queen realized she was on the losing team far too late in the game, actress Natalie Dormer thinks being blown up at the hands of Cersei was a "really clever" way (and time) for Marg to kick it!
Speaking to EW, she said:
"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."
The actress, who has been a regular on the Emmy winning series since Season 2, explained the death of Margeary is the result of the showrunners having to "tighten the storylines" as the show nears its end!
"They have to tighten the storylines given however many episodes are left. They have to focus them, down to get to the real business of the throne. Dany's not far away. I appreciate they have to streamline and they've come up with some ingenious ways to do that that the audience will not see coming. That's Game of Thrones all over, isn't it?"
Though Margaery had been able to hold her own against Cersei for quite some time, Dormer explained that letting the High Sparrow underestimate the even queen was her biggest mistake:
"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."
Dormer found out her character wouldn't make it through next season earlier than usual due to the Hunger Games actress' busy film schedule.
"I preempted the phone call because in true Natalie Dormer-style I tried to fit a million projects into a single year. 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."
As for Dormer's favorite moments playing the beautiful Lady Tyrell, a memorable scene with Joffrey Baratheon comes to mind! She remembered:
"I think it will remain the bow-and-arrow scene with [Joffrey Baratheon actor Jack Gleeson]. We had such fun that day. It was a defining scene for Margaery when you could see how she was going to handle the psychopathic king, one of the best baddie's we've had in television for decades. And the scene with Aidan Gillen [Littlefinger] as well, when Aidan is standing over Renly's body [and Margaery says] 'I want to be the queen.'"
While Marg is gone, she will certainly not be forgotten! Not by fans, and certainly not by Olenna Tyrell — who we can expect to avenge her granddaughter's death come next season!
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