The following story contains spoilers about Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale. Proceed at your own peril.
Game of Thrones‘ Season 6 finale featured a predictably high body count, but it’s fair to say it was Margaery’s explosive death — alongside the High Sparrow, Loras and many others — in Cersei’s Sept of Baelor massacre that packed the biggest punch.
In an interview with EW.com, portrayer Natalie Dormer called her onscreen death “really clever,” adding that, “It’s not an echo of anything you’ve seen in the last six years. It’s truly its own unique moment to tie up what’s been a unique storyline about what’s happened in King’s Landing over the course of Season 6. I thought it was an inspired choice.
“And it’s really interesting that I am given a moment of some vindication at the very end, which was the perfect way for Margaery to leave the show,” the actress continued. “She’s given a platform to say that she was right, as she always is. But because the power was taken from her, she couldn’t do anything about it.”
Dormer acknowledged that her whacking was likely a result of series’ rapidly approaching end game. “They have to tighten the storylines given however many episodes are left,” she told the site. “They have to focus them, down to get to the real business of the throne… I appreciate they have to streamline and they’ve come up with some ingenious ways to do that that the audience will not see coming.”