Unsurprisingly, Jon Snow was on everyone’s mind at New York Comic-Con’s “Game of Thrones” panel — and stars Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand) certainly weren’t afraid to joke about the character’s status.
Prompted by the fact that Dormer and Castle-Hughes were meeting for the first time at NYCC because the cast is so sprawling, when the actors were asked which character they’d like to interact with that they hadn’t already, all three crowed “Jon Snow!” before Jones wryly insisted, “He’s dead, we couldn’t possibly work with him anymore!”
Later, Jones elaborated on his ideas for a Jon Snow/Ser Loras meeting, quipping, “Loras could probably try and turn Jon Snow gay. I’d like to see that happen, and also share hair tips as well, that’d be fabulous. I’d teach him a thing or two.”
While all three were understandably cagey about the show’s upcoming sixth season (Castle-Hughes would only say of her character,”She’s back!”), Dormer may have given a hint when a fan asked her how Margaery would’ve handled having to do Cersei’s (Lena Headey) penance walk if it had happened to her. “We’re in dangerous territory for the next season if I talk to you about that,” she said coyly.
Dormer did share her theory on why she believes Margaery is such a threat — at least as far as Cersei’s concerned. “Margaery is trying to be Cersei; she wants to be the mother of the king. She’s as talented at the machinations and backstabbing and politics as Cersei… It’s like the Cold War [between them], mutually assured destruction.” Going into season six, however, she notes, “They’ve got new problems, those women… The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
The actress also believes that Margaery has no interest in ascending to the Iron Throne, especially after seeing what that quest for power has done to her previous husbands. “I genuinely think Margaery wants to be the power behind the throne — she wants to marry the king, have a baby and be like Cersei… It’s safer to be the power than be on the throne.”
As for whether viewers should be concerned for the fate of Loras, Jones says, “Yeah, definitely; he’s in the hands of some very nasty people and they don’t really agree with him, so he should definitely be worried.”
Although the show has often faced accusations of sexism, Dormer and Jones both believe that “Game of Thrones” is responsible for giving female characters some of pop culture’s meatiest roles, with Dormer noting that she’s observed the shift toward more well-defined female characters in recent years, both on TV and in film. “[Hollywood is starting to believe] that the audience wants to see that. It’s economically viable; slowly there’s more opportunities in scripts for these female roles.” She cites “The Hunger Games'” Katniss as an example of a flawed but still strong hero, noting, “I’ve started to notice a change in scripts in the last handful of years, and I think shows like ‘Game of Thrones’ are responsible.”
Jones agrees: “There are many strong female characters [in ‘Thrones’], most of which are at the helm of individual plot lines. It’s not misogynistic, as some people have said; it has a lot of really, really strong female characters, which there aren’t in a lot of TV shows.”