Margaery persuades the High Sparrow, the leader of the Faith, to release Loras if he surrenders his claim as heir of House Tyrell and joins the Faith. However, when Cersei fails to arrive for her trial Margaery deduces Cersei is plotting something and tries to convince the High Sparrow to evacuate the Sept of Baelor, but the High Sparrow refuses and has the Faith Militant bar the exits. Moments later, wildfire that had been ignited beneath the Sept on Cersei’s orders explodes, and Margaery is killed in the explosion, along with all others present. Her death, and those of her brother and father, lead Olenna to accept a proposal by the Sand Snakes (who currently lead the Reach’s ancient rival, Dorne) in supporting Daenerys Targaryen’s invasion of Westeros.
What gets to me is that while playing Margaery for five seasons of Game of Thrones (two through six), Natalie Dormer was also portraying Jamie Moriarty in Elementary, a Sherlock Holmes series, which not unexpectedly has complications of its own, Moriarty having assumed the name of Irene Adler, girlfriend to Holmes. (With Moriarty eventually imprisoned, Holmes was ruefully philosophical: “The love of my life,” he said, “is an unrepentant homicidal maniac.”)
Later this year for Dormer: The Professor and the Madman, a long-brewing Mel Gibson project, and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a follow-up to the original Penny Dreadful TV series.
And while we’re at it, here’s the destruction of the Sept of Baelor:
Even the brightly illuminated scenes of Game of Thrones come off as dark and brooding.