The Tyrells have had a hard few years on Game of Thrones. Most of them, including Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and her father and brother, went up in smoke when Cersei Lannister blew up the Sept of Baelor in the season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter.” Things got even worse in season 7, when Lannister forces stormed Highgarden, the Tyrell stronghold, in “The Queen’s Justice.” Watching at home, Dormer was not amused. “I was a bit pissed off!” she told Mashable.
Just looking at how gorgeous Highgarden was — and when the Highgarden soldiers were all dead on the floor I felt, you know, protective. It was so stupid. It was that little bit of Margaery that’s still in the back of my brain. Men wearing my sigil, lying in a pool of their own blood on the floor. I was like, ‘Who’s done this to my home!?’
We LOVE how protective Dormer is of her fictional House.
And it wasn’t just random Tyrell soldiers who fell to the Lannister and Tarly armies; the last surviving member of House Tyrell, Lady Olenna, also went down, executed with poison after some withering last words aimed at Jaime Lannister.
It was a very moving scene. You really feel them revving the gears in [Season 7]. There’s got to be a lot of collateral damage to get to the end of Season 8. So you can kind of smell that it’s coming.
Before she signed off, Dormer had to clarify one thing about the fall of House Tyrell. “It would not have happened if Margaery had still been alive.” Oh, what could have been.
If you want to see more of Dormer, you can catch her as the lead in the limited series Picnic at Hanging Rock, available through Amazon.