Natalie Dormer explains how she found out she'd die in Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is one of few television shows where the death of a character is not a question of "if", but "when". Yet the nature of each of the show's death scenes are still shocking enough, whether it be a slow and painful flaying, death by crossbow while sitting on the loo, mauled by bloodthirsty dogs, poisoned at your own wedding feast, or just a good old fashioned throat-slitting or beheading.
You'll either feel elated with relief to see a bad guy go, or alternatively, feel a blanket of devastation smother you as yet another of your favourite characters gets killed off and you don't know what hope is left for Westeros (read: you).
So it must be a funny feeling to be cast in Game of Thrones as a main character. Sure it's a fantastic opportunity, but if you're familiar with the story, you must know that you probably won't be in it for the long run.
Natalie Dormer, who played Margaery Tyrell, revealed how she found out she'd be killed in the show. Speaking on the Jonathon Ross Show, the 35-year-old said she had the luxury of knowing well in advance when she would die, unlike other cast members who usually receive a call right before they are due to shoot their death scene.
"I sort of got ahead of the game because I was badgering the creators a year before to release me for a couple of dates, you know how shooting schedules can be overlapping.
"Dan and David, the creators of the show, made a call with me and said, 'Sorry Nat, we're not going to release you, you're going to have to shoot next year. But don't worry darling, we're killing you next year.'"
Ouch. But Dormer said it felt quite bittersweet when she found out, and admitted the news wasn't delivered quite so brutally. Plus, she said that cast members know all too well that no character in Game of Thrones is safe.
"I had the unique position over a lot of cast members, as in, I knew when my time was coming," Dormer said.
Margaery was known to be as beautiful as she was clever, and became queen consort after a very brief marriage to King Joffrey and the one that followed to his brother Tommen. She posed an increasing threat to Cersei Lannister, who eventually orchestrated Margaery's death in a wildfire explosion at the Great Sept of Baelor that killed a great mass of other characters by burning them alive in the season six finale.
Knowing that she was going to go at least a year in advance must've been pretty tough to keep under her hat. But she survived five seasons and was in 26 episodes, and that's a pretty good run. When asked about what's in store for the next few seasons, Dormer is just as eager to know as anyone else.
"I really don't and I'm so excited," she said. "When that dragon went into the ice and got pulled back out... I emailed Dan and David and I was like 'I can't believe I'm crying over a CGI dragon.'"
Us too, Nat, us too.