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Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer says most harrowing scenes only reflect the horror of human nature

Published 22/02/2016

Natalie Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones (Pic Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Natalie Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones (Pic Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Game of Thrones reflects the horror of human nature, according to star Natalie Dormer.

The 34-year-old plays Margaery Tyrell in the hit HBO drama series, which received a lot of criticism at the end of its 2015 season for its depictions of female characters.

One woman was raped and a much younger girl was burned alive, but Natalie is quick to defend the show's narrative, insisting the harrowing scenes are true to life.

"All I know is that I turn on the news, and it's covering a boy drowning off the coast, or children being shown beheading videos," she explained to British newspaper The Sunday Times' Culture magazine. "The horror of human nature is prevalent in our world, and I appreciate that some people want to turn on the telly for escapism - but if that’s what you want, don’t watch Game of Thrones.

"I choose fantasy to vent, to process complex political, sexual and social politics at the safe distance of fiction. For me, that’s what art should be.”

Natalie concedes there are "some misogynistic characters in Game of Thrones", but their presence can help draw attention to serious issues which affect people in the real world.

"I think the fact it can start a conversation about the statistics of rape and how much it happens within the family..." she added, "I’m not saying it’s OK... I find parts of the show difficult to watch, but I don’t think we do young people any favours by sheltering them."

If Natalie does have any reservations about her character or a particular scene, there's nothing she could do about it even if she wanted to.

"You sign on the dotted line, give them seven years and don’t get to alter the writing," she explained. "I can’t, as Natalie, defend everything Margaery does, as that’s not my job.”

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
John Bradley-West as Samwell Tarly and Hannah Murray as Gilly – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark - photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO 
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Conleth Hill as Varys – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Carice van Houten as Melisandre – photo Helen Sloan/HBO

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