Natalie Dormer on Margaery Tyrell starting from scratch after a politically disastrous Purple Wedding
By Lightbringer on in Interview.

If Margaery Tyrell was hoping for an unforgettable wedding day, her wish was certainly granted. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Natalie Dormer talks about what’s next for her character in the wake of the Purple Wedding, her unique Game of Thrones strategy, and more.

Margaery plays the game of thrones quite different from some of the other characters, who often resort to manipulation or violence. Natalie explains, “She brings a very sort of modern PR angle to it, sort of canvassing the common people’s hearts and minds type of thing. I think of her as like a hybrid sorts — Michelle Obama, with a Kate Middleton or a Princess Di. That’s what she’s aiming for.”

She also believes that it isn’t all for show, “I think she definitely cares. The Tyrells are not the Lannisters, and it’s more interesting if she’s sincere.”

Westeros has proved to have a poor track record for weddings, but so has Margaery Tyrell, losing her first husband to a shadow assassin, and her second to poison. So where does she go from here?

“Well, politically, it’s a disaster, to lose one husband is bad but to lose two husbands is careless! It’s really bad PR for Margaery. So regardless of what she thought of Joffrey as a human being, it’s not a good place for her to be in. So she’s like cursed or tainted goods … Margaery has to recuperate after Joffrey’s death. She feels like she’s failed. And that’s where Olenna [Diana Rigg] is very important again at sort of galvanizing her. That’s why I like Margaery because she’s human. You see that she’s been traumatized by watching Joffrey die. That goes back to my saying about her being a genuinely sincere, sensitive person. She’s just strong at hiding it. She’s lost her husband, and she’s lost the queenship in one fell swoop. So she has to start from scratch again, which is a tall order.”

We’ll begin to see the Tyrell ladies pick up the pieces on Sunday, which won’t be easy, as Natalie promises that the relationship between Margaery and Cersei is “going to get really nasty.”

For more from Natalie’s interview, including the fan reaction she’s received so far, working with Jack Gleeson, and her new role in The Hunger Games visit Entertainment Weekly.


40 Comments

  1. D Kruger
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Optimus Prime!

  2. Mr Fixit
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Margaery!

    So it seems she didn’t have anything to do with PW Interesting.

  3. Turncloak
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see Cersei play the “Margaery Tyrell twice widowed!!!” card

  4. Felt Pelt
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    This is funny: “I actually went to a — What do you call them? A comic conference.”

  5. Veltigar
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Bah, the Tyrells make me sick. They have always been my least favorite family. They are just as powercrazy and violent as the other Houses, but they feel the need to hide themselves after a fake front of chivalry. Bunch of hypocrites.

    Woody: All right, that’s enough! Look, we’re all very impressed with Andy’s new casting.
    Buzz: casting?
    Woody: Mads Mikkelsen as Euron!

  6. Balerion The Cat
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar,

    These Mads Mikkelsen ‘signatures’ are hilarious!

  7. Veltigar
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Balerion The Cat:
    Veltigar,

    These Mads Mikkelsen ‘signatures’ are hilarious!

    I’m glad that you like them :D

    Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan of Iowa?
    Private Ryan: Yes, sir. Paton, Iowa, that’s correct. What is this about?
    Captain Miller: Your brothers were killed in combat. And they have cast Mads Mikkelsen as Euron.
    Private Ryan: Really? that’s great news! By the way which ones died?
    Captain Miller: All of them.

  8. Hoyti Von Totiy
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    No Euron, no kingsmoot no AFFC!

  9. Just a Random
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    She’s the Black Widow of Kings Landing.

  10. who even?
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if its my phone but this website seems to not be formatted correctly for mobile viewing

  11. GeekFurious
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I am not going to say what every other guy says “OMG SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL OMG I’D CUT MY HAND OFF TO BE WITH HER” because I find her acting skills even more impressive than her looks.

    Still… OMG SHE IS SO B…

  12. Amanda M
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… I’m not sure how I feel about it if they genuinely are not making Margery involved in Joffrey’s death… I don’t believe it’s ever explicitly stated, but my assumption from the books has always been that she was in on it too. They way it played out onscreen (with Margery putting Joffrey’s cup in front of Olenna) seemed to support this too… Hopefully it’ll all end up being an act from Margery! I really want her to be involved in the PW. Makes sense and fits the character!

  13. Greenjones
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The “previously on” clip for next episode is up on the GoT youtube channel btw.

  14. Renly's Peach
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Amanda M,

    It makes no sense for Margaery to have had a hand in the poisoning, since she genuinely wanted to be queen by all accounts. The less people knew, the better, so Olenna took no risks. In the end, it was just her trying to protect her granddaughter above all else.

  15. Greenjones
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone know the source of this shot of Baelish and Sansa in the snow?

  16. GeekFurious
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Renly’s Peach:
    Amanda M,

    It makes no sense for Margaery to have had a hand in the poisoning, since she genuinely wanted to be queen by all accounts. The less people knew, the better, so Olenna took no risks. In the end, it was just her trying to protect her granddaughter above all else.

    Exactly. And as everyone keeps reminding themselves, it is never stated in the books that she was involved. People have just assumed she was. And you know what they say about assuming. It makes an ass out of uming.

  17. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    It’s from an HBO Spring/Summer preview.

  18. Greenjones
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Thanks.

  19. Salted_Pork
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Renly’s Peach,

    Not sure if you’ve read the books or not so I wont spoil you, but based upon what is going to happen further on in the season, it makes perfect sense for Marg to be involved in the PW. Furthermore not including Marg in the plans is a huge risk because she could easily have ingested the poison instead of Joff.

  20. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    If it was simply the QOT who did it in the show, it took a lot of coincidences for it to happen. So an unknowing Margaery just happens to place the goblet on the Tyrell table? Which would have required Olenna to reach out across the table and drop the poison in, all while avoiding being noticed by the kingsguard standing right behind the table. The whole process of sneaking in the poison on Sansa’s necklace/hairnet and the contrivances required in the poisoning never made sense to me.

  21. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Salted_Pork,

    Look at his name. Of course he/she has read the books.

  22. Hadrian
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    She looks so fucking hot in that black dress :)

  23. Salted_Pork
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Just because someone’s read Clash doesn’t mean they’ve read Storm. There is a whole community of Unsullied who are reading along GOO. (Which happens to be the official podcast of this very website)

  24. GeekFurious
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    GeekFurious,

    If it was simply the QOT who did it in the show, it took a lot of coincidences for it to happen. So an unknowing Margaery just happens to place the goblet on the Tyrell table? Which would have required Olenna to reach out across the table and drop the poison in, all while avoiding being noticed by the kingsguard standing right behind the table. The whole process of sneaking in the poison on Sansa’s necklace/hairnet and the contrivances required in the poisoning never made sense to me.

    I agree, it feels contrived but so do a few things in ASOIAF… perhaps Margaery will say something like “Thank god I don’t drink alcohol, like ever” in the next episode.

  25. tysnow
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I was watching ep2 again on DVR and froze at the point Oleanna was toying with Sansa’s neckalce and you can make out GoT palming the stone. You have to freeze it just right or you wont catch a glimpse.
    Furthermore she deftly pushes the opposing link and stone under the neckline of Sansa’s dress to balance the revised necklace for any causal observer.

  26. CM Punk
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I am so jealous of the actor who plays Tommen Natalie Dormer is just Schwing!

  27. Queenofthorns
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand why people think this means she wasn’t involved. IMO if QOT was the poisoner, marg had to have known. Nothing she said is proof she had nothing to do with Joffs murder. You can easily be an accessory to murder and still be traumitized by it. And it’s definitely the case that this move put them back politically.

    I love Marg, she gets shit done but is still a good person. Like Sansa could be someday.

  28. Gecc1
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    The poison had to be sneaked via Sansa+Ser Dontos because it came from LF. The QoT did not have access to a rare poison such as “The Strangler”. That said, I’m not sure if Marg was in on it, but it would make sense if she was vaguely informed. ie. Don’t drink from the cup.

  29. Kevin
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap: Margaery just happens to place the goblet on the Tyrell table?

    She does not put it on the Tyrell table. She puts it on the corner of the high table closest to the Tyrells. There’s actually quite a gap between the tables too, which most of the camera angles tend to make appear smaller than it is.

    There is the distraction of the pie, but Olenna would have to cross that gap right through the Kingsguard’s vision to get to the cup.

    It’s possible they are trolling us book readers. Maybe Olenna took the gem from the necklace for another reason and the poison was in the pie. There are dead birds in the pie and we can’t be sure if Joffrey killed them with the sword or they ate the pie. Dontos does not explicitly tell Sansa to wear the necklace to the wedding. Maybe the poison in the necklace is plan B and was never needed.

  30. Balerion The Cat
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    Saw it earlier today, looks like Karl vs Jon is happening in this episode, I hope. Episode 3 looks like a really action packed episode.

  31. Currawong
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Losing a second husband? Natalie has definitely read her Oscar Wilde – loved it.

  32. cosca
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Balerion The Cat,

    Karl vs Jon is happening in episode 4 or 5. You can see Michelle McLaren directing the scene in the Weapons production video. I think they’ll have Edd and Grenn returning next episode

  33. Chrysee
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Currawong,

    I know! And I thought I couldn’t possibly like her more :)

  34. Monica
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    I loved Margaery’s expression after Joffrey kissed her during the wedding ceremony!

    I think she had to know, or she would naturally have drunk from the cup. She couldn’t take the chance of being Joffrey’s plaything that night. It would have been too much! They barely got through the day without Joffrey killing someone.

    Cersei was the only one who didn’t wish him dead.

  35. Greenjones
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    cosca,

    Not to mention the guy who play’s Rast’s CV giving out just that info. Along with a lady playing one of Craster’s older wives. It’ll be four or five. I’m leaning toward ep. 4.

  36. Nagga's Kin
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Just a not-so-quick question: does Joffrey’s death really mean Margaery is no longer queen?

    NOTE: While I still haven’t read the books, I’m going to put the rest of this comment in spoiler tags lest my idle speculation upsets anyone.

    In Westeros, the rules of succession (promogeniture) are male-preference. If the holder of a noble title dies, his eldest son (if any) inherits it. Next in line are the other sons, oldest to youngest (if any) and only then the daughters, oldest to youngest (if any). If the deceased had no children, the title passes to the oldest brother (if any). Beyond that, the other brothers (if any) and only then the sisters, oldest to youngest (if any). Beyond that, cousins etc.

    All of this applies to children born in wedlock, i.e. bastard children have no claim unless the title holder legitimizes them during his lifetime (cp. Roose Bolton’s promise to Ramsay). Conversely, a title holder can remove someone from his line of succession (cp. Tywin denying Casterly Rock to Tyrion, who had a legitimate claim because Jaime is ineligible as long as he serves in the King’s Guard).

    An additional wrinkle occurs when the successor is unable to perform the duties associated with the office, e.g. because he/she is still a child. In that case, a caretaker regent acts as a proxy until he/she comes of age. By default, this right belongs to the spouse of the deceased title holder. Thus, Cersei was formally the queen regent because Joffrey was underage and she was Robert’s dowager (widow). Unfortunately, she didn’t put her foot down and allowed Joffrey to execute Ned, triggering Robb’s war of secession in the North and the separate Baratheon internecine war that led to Renly’s assassination and the Battle of Blackwater. Stannis continues to press his claim, based on the notion that all of Cersei’s children are illegitimate. We all expect Dany to one day press her own claim on the Iron Throne based on the notion that Robert’s rebellion itself was illegal, though at this rate she may never make it back to Westeros.

    In practice, neither Stannis nor Dany presently have the means to change the reality on the ground in the short term. Therefore, now that Joffrey has died, Tommen will be crowned king. Since he is underage, there will be another regency period. I had previously thought that meant Cersei would revert to queen regent and even suggested that prospect gave her a sufficiently strong motive to put her maternal affections aside and mastermind the assassination. Admittedly, a monstrous notion.

    I now believe I was wrong about that. Given that Margaery married Joffrey before he died, even if only by a few hours, I reckon by law it is actually she who is now the queen dowager. Cersei will still be queen mother, of course, but that is just a ceremonial title. The power of the regency ought to fall to Margaery. We can safely expect Cersei to chafe at this, but even an unconsummated marriage cannot be annulled after the death of one party. Moreover, having already accused Tyrion of murdering Joffrey, Cersei is no longer in a position to cast aspersions on Margaery.

    For the Tyrells, the snag is that the concept of coming of age appears to be ill-defined in Westeros. The teenager Joffrey got away with simply ignoring Cersei, while Mace Tyrell appear to still be just a ceremonial figurehead even in his fifties. In order to secure Tyrell influence at the national level for the long haul, Margaery would therefore have to secure a betrothal to Tommen. Third time’s the charm? Any marriage would of course be delayed until the boy is old enough. Keep in mind that in European history, aristocratic marriages were almost always arranged and first and foremost about power and wealth. Romantic love of the spouse was an aspiration, not a requirement. It was quite common for both spouses to take lovers, more or less discreetly.

    If I’m right about this, I would expect the QoT to press Tywin hard and soon for just that betrothal. Both Houses want a period of political stability so the realm’s economy can recover. After all, wars are hugely expensive and Robert racked up an additional tab in peacetime. Both Tywin and the Bank of Braavos (cp the QoT’s comments) want to see that debt serviced. That might be reason enough for Tywin and the QoT to have been in cahoots, after all Joffrey was a threat to everyone.

    Technically, Tywin would need Cersei’s consent to marry off his second grandson but if past is prologue, she will end up having no say in the matter. After all, Tyrion got away with betrothing Myrcella to a prince of Dorne against Cersei’s wishes. On the plus side, the Tyrells would probably trade away Cersei’s betrothal to Loras in return for one between Margaery and Tommen.

    Again, all of the above is just speculation on my part, based on the legal principles and political realities as I see them. The show may well prove me wrong, but it’s still fun to place a bet on what might happen this season.

  37. wizardeyes
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    I always assumed she was in on it which is why she knew not to drink from the cup once the poison had been put in. I found it funny when Mace kept saying at Tyrion’s trial that his daughter could have drank from and could have died – him obviously not being in on the Tyrell ladie’s plot.

  38. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Nagga’s Kin,

    The marriage was never consummated, thus Margaery is not Queen Regent.

  39. Sister Wrister
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Her best acting thus far….. The look of horror as Joffrey was choking. Newfound respect.

  40. OB
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    But wait… Tyrion pronounced already “We have a new queen”, indicating that the laws of Westeros do not require consummation. It is clearly his belief (and Tyrion is certainly one of the most educated in the family) that Margaery has already acquired the title through marriage.

    It would appear that Margaery is now the queen. If for some reason she is not the queen, that definitely needs explaining. Clearly Papa Lannister doesn’t believe she’s the queen. So there’s obviously a difference of opinion among Lannisters, with Tyrion believing Margaery is queen and papa Lannister believing Joffrey’s yonger brother is regent.


  • Recent Comments

  • Archives

    • 2014 (945)
    • 2013 (679)
    • 2012 (550)
    • 2011 (512)
    • 2010 (309)
    • 2009 (174)
    • 2008 (47)
  •