Natalie Dormer on Margaery’s new game plan, locking horns with Cersei, and Ser Pounce
By Lightbringer on in Interview.

Margaery Tyrell hasn’t had the best of luck with husbands, and now she has been tasked with cozying up to the young soon to be King Tommen to ensure her place by his side.

In a new interview with Vulture, Natalie Dormer talks Margaery’s next play, locking horns with Cersei, and of course, Ser Pounce.

Despite putting on her best game face, Natalie says that Margaery is genuinely having trouble adjusting to the Queen of Thorns’ new plan, and being put in the difficult position of courting a child.

“It’s not a comfortable or pretty scenario for Margaery to be in at all, but she’s not just some cold-hearted, calculating cow that will do anything for power. She’s been given an instruction, and they’re so deep into the game now, she has to follow through. So we’re getting deeper and deeper into the machinations, and it gets more dangerous the further forward she steps.”

One person in particular is sure to be standing in Margaery’s way- Tommen’s mother. However, Cersei herself would do anything to hold on to her power, painting her as a bit of a hypocrite. Natalie promises that we’ll see the two women lock horns.

“Margaery knows that Cersei is a hypocrite, so it’s very interesting how those two women are going to lock horns. It’s going to become an intense chess game, and you wonder, is Margaery going to get pulled to the dark side, to get dirty, in order to survive playing against Cersei? The Tyrells are not the Lannisters. They are politically savvy, but there’s not the darkness to them.”

Before the interview, Natalie was unaware that her kitty co-star Ser Pounce was a fan favorite, and that in the books he is one of three kittens that Margaery gives Tommen to win him over.

“Is he? That’s so cute! She would have made a very good therapist, I think. She’s very skilled at personality analysis. Tommen’s too young for her to appeal to him in a certain way, the way she could with Joffrey, because he’s still a child, so she wants to befriend him, gain his trust, and make him feel safe. He has an attachment with the cat, so she draws on that. She’s very good at figuring out what makes people tick.”

For more from Natalie, including her thoughts on Margaery’s virtue, her inability to affect Cersei, and her role in Mockingjay, visit Vulture.


18 Comments

  1. Victor
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Natalie Hodormer!

  2. atomixign
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    BAN TURNIPS!

  3. zigzag
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    She is going to Pounce him!

  4. Ghost of Godswood
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Anyone notice that Olenna is sounding a lot like Katherine Hepburn,with the little quiver in her voice?

  5. Mewcat
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    SER POUNCE!!!

  6. After The Feast
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I think that before the season is over there should be another scene set up similarly to the one from sunday’s episode except Tommen should be ready for Margery and have the whole gang with him. WE WANT LADY WHISKERS AND BOOTS!!

  7. Rickard Greyjoy
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Any article with Nat Dormer is never a bad thing! Now better sign out before the Lannister bitch I’m married to finds out!

  8. jentario
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Tommen likes the pussy

  9. Greenjones
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Great Karl and Tywin meme/photo gag. The idea of Tywin cursing is pretty funny.

  10. Iskaral Pust
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Apologies for going off topic, but I’ve just read some possible good news about Wilko Johnson, Ser Ilyn Payne in GoT.

    Here

    Lets hope for the best

  11. SillyMammo
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    See Pounce won’t be back this season. I’ll be super mad if they recast him in future seasons!!! :0P

  12. Andy Smith
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Iskaral Pust:
    Apologies for going off topic, but I’ve just read some possible good news about Wilko Johnson, Ser Ilyn Payne in GoT.

    Here

    Lets hope for the best

    Wow , that is awesome news *fingers crossed*

    Now about the OP –
    *sigh* lovely lovely Natalie Dormer , welcome to sneak into my room any time you want xD

  13. Zack
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Yay I love this interview.

    I was so happy when the Olenna/Marg scene happened this week and it was clarified that she was not a part of Joffrey’s assassination. I agree with Natalie–to paint the Tyrells as less wealthy Lannisters with flowers would be a mistake.

  14. Zack
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Iskaral Pust:
    Apologies for going off topic, but I’ve just read some possible good news about Wilko Johnson, Ser Ilyn Payne in GoT.

    Here

    Lets hope for the best

    If any news has ever warranted going off-topic, I’d say this is that. Thanks for the update. Here’s hoping for the best for Ser Wilko

  15. jentario
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Iskaral Pust,

    We probably won’t see Illyn Payne again (or at least for a long while), but this is still good news :)

  16. chamush
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Iskaral Pust,

    Thanks so much for posting this,
    I was so sad and expecting to hear his death news anytime as I remembered that it was a long time ago when it was reported he doesnt have much time left.

    Im wondering given that he was still active and playing etc why didnt the show runners have him back for season 3 or 4? I know they gave his book role to bronn but cmon he is the guy who cut off neds head! He is in arya s top of the pops list!!!

    Bring him back to the show D&D…

  17. patchface
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    chamush:
    Iskaral Pust,

    Thanks so much for posting this,
    I was so sad and expecting to hear his death news anytime as I remembered that it was a long time ago when it was reported he doesnt have much time left.

    Im wondering given that he was still active and playing etc why didnt the show runners have him back for season 3 or 4? I know they gave his book role to bronn but cmon he is the guy who cut off neds head! He is in arya s top of the pops list!!!

    Bring him back to the show D&D…

    I am guessing he didn’t want to return.

  18. loki
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    What a horrible world we live in, the world where actors aren’t forced to read the books before playing a role. I’d be surprised if half the cast of GoT could actually remember their character names.


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