An incredible number of recurring characters died during last night’s massive Game of Thrones season six finale, “The Winds of Winter.” The bloodshed started early, with Grand Maester Pycelle getting stabbed all over by Qyburn’s “little birds,” and ended late, when Lord Walder Frey had his throat cut open by Arya posing as the world’s worst waitress. They were both old men, though — even if they hadn’t been murdered, they probably would have croaked soon, anyway. Far more shocking was the death of Queen Margaery Tyrell, who perished in The Great Wildfire Explosion of 2016, alongside the High Sparrow, her brother Loras, and father Mace, among others.
It seemed like Margaery had a plan to get out of King’s Landing alive and well, and that her recent indoctrination with the Sparrows was all a ruse. And she did, and it was! Unfortunately, the High Sparrow underestimated Cersei, who was working on a scheme of her own, and it cost Margaery her life. Natalie Dormer said as much in an exit interview with Entertainment Weekly. “The reason it all goes tits up is because Margaery wasn’t in control of the battle against Cersei,” she confessed. “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.” Never underestimate a desperate mother.
When asked how she felt about getting written off the show, Dormer replied, “I appreciate [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] 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? Every year something comes from the left field that no one could have predicted. It’s great they can still shock people six years on.” People certainly were shocked.