Natalie Dormer is the star of the recently released movie The Forest, in which she plays identical twins, one searching for the other in a haunted Japanese forest. But many of us know her as Margaery Tyrell, one of the stellar ensemble players in HBO’s Game of Thrones. But the Margaery we'll come to know in Season 6 will be different, Dormer implies, from her Season 5 self.
When last we left Queen Margaery, she was in a dungeon, awaiting sentencing from the religious leader, the High Sparrow. But prior to that, she was the social-climbing daughter of a wealthy family who had married three (three!) kings to achieve her ambition. Who could have forgotten her playing up to King Joffrey's cruelties, or of her sweet seduction of innocent King Tommen?
She ran afoul of the jealous Queen Cersei, mother of two of Margaery’s husbands. Cersei contrived to send Margaery to prison—and keep her there.
Dormer told the Vulture,
[W]ithout giving too much away, in season six, you're really going to see Margaery in a predicament where she genuinely is fearful, and she absolutely has no idea how to get herself out of it.
It’s a good observation, because Margaery is a cunning strategist who knows how to control the people around her. We’ve seen her talk her way into the good graces of those around her. But so far, she’s been unable to talk her way out of her predicament.
…You’re watching someone lose control, and descend to the point where they can't trust themselves. In season six of Thrones, you get a hint of that in Margaery. You're like, Has this woman really been changed by everything that's happened to her? Finally, after all these years in King's Landing, has it broken her? Has something genuinely shifted here? Because she's out of her depth, finally, and losing her grip a bit.
Readers of George R.R. Martin’s books know that Margaery is eventually released and is awaiting her trial. However, in the books, she was accused of infidelity and not of lying to protect her brother’s homosexuality.
We have no idea how long Margaery will remain imprisoned. But Dormer implies that Margaery may emerge a person who has changed for the worse.
Oh, Cersei, you’re dealing with the granddaughter of the Queen of Thorns. You may be suffering even more humiliations than your walk of shame by the time Margaery gets her grip back.