Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6, of course.
In what's become a Game of Thrones postmortem tradition, recently fired (sorry) actress Natalie Dormer, also known as Margaery Tyrell, explained to Entertainment Weekly why her character didn't really get outwitted by her dastardly rival Cersei Lannister.
The reason it all goes tits up is because Margaery wasn’t in control of the battle against Cersei.
Margaery—who was faking allegiance to the High Sparrow in order to outmaneuver him—could not keep her rosy eyes on two enemies at once. Meanwhile Cersei, shielded by her zombie knight, carved out a measure of independence from that pious villain.
In a battle between the High Sparrow and Cersei, Margaery "had to hand the reins over to the High Sparrow," says Dormer, "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.
Margaery went 100% CIA agent Claire Danes in her final moment, figuring out the terror target, relying on excellent eyebrow acting, and trying to usher herself and her brother out of the chapel. But the path to safety was barred in a moment that felt just like the climatic movie theater explosion scene in Inglourious Basterds (especially following the forehead-carving moments earlier).
Dormer, who had apparently asked David Benioff and Dan Weiss to write her out of the show earlier than they did, was ultimately pleased with her demise. "I thought it was really clever. I really did," said Dormer, echoing Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) from a week earlier.
Who else dreads the day the "I like the way they killed me" quote comes from the incredible Lena Headey? Long live Cersei Lannister, first of her name, Queen of Westeros and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.