‘If you want escapism, don’t watch Game of Thrones,’ says its regal star, Natalie Dormer, defending its controversial treatment of women
Hair to the throne: thanks to her imperious role as Westeros’s Margaery Tyrell, Dormer has graduated to her first lead in a Hollywood film, The Forest (Francesco Guidicini)
Almost an hour into lunch at a frantic restaurant in London, Natalie Dormer and I finally talk about her latest film. It might have passed unmentioned, as the actress had spent three hours larking about for our cover, and talking time felt equally restless and rambling. And such was the back and forth about Game of Thrones — the show for which she is best known — and its many pros and cons, that her new film, The Forest, was lost in the woods. It’s fine, as generic horrors go, but will never be what she is, or wants to be, remembered for.
Game of Thrones, though, is. It’s back in nine weeks, for its sixth series, and the last time we saw Dormer’s regal Margaery Tyrell, who uses her brains rather than dragons in a relentless, devious rise to power, she had been locked in an awful jail by fanatics known
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