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.