Step aside, Lannisters: There’s a new player in town. Last night’s season premiere made it clear that Lady Margaery Tyrell, the gorgeous new fiancée of King Joffrey (and the widow of his closeted rebel uncle, Renly), is going to be a major force in Game of Thrones‘ machinations. But she made her presence felt not with swords or seduction, but by good old-fashioned politicking – seeing and being seen with war orphans, for example. It left Joffrey cowering, Cersei fuming, and the political scene in King’s Landing changed for good. And Natalie Dormer, the Tudors veteran who originated the role last season, has clearly put at least as much thought into her scene-stealing role as the shrewd Lady Margaery herself has into winning the Iron Throne.
Last season, the premiere involved children being stabbed to death, not handed toys by the future queen, so I wanted thank you for bringing a kinder, gentler side of Game of Thrones to the fore. Yeah, she’s bringing a whole new angle to the game, isn’t she? We’re more used to seeing politicians kissing babies. Margaery and the Tyrells add this whole new angle about politics. It’s PR, basically. Quite a modern concept. It doesn’t mean she’s insincere. People can be quite cruel, I find, about Margaery: “Oh, she’s another malicious, calculating character who’s after the Throne.” But I don’t think in regards with her attitude to the public and her attitude to Sansa – she’s not disingenuous. I don’t see the two as mutually exclusive, as modern politicians themselves would say. I think she has a heart. I think she can be very sincere. I just think she’s a pragmatist. She’s been brought up by the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna, being played by Diana Rigg [stay tuned!], to be a shrewd politician – to be the ideal First Lady, as it were.
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