Margaery Tyrell

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Margaery Tyrell
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Margaery Tyrell by Sardag

Alias The Little Queen
The Little Rose
Maid Margaery
Title Queen of the Seven Kingdoms
Allegiance House Tyrell
Culture Reach
Born In 283 AC[1], at Highgarden[2]
Spouse 1st: King Renly Baratheon
2nd: King Joffrey Baratheon
3rd: King Tommen Baratheon
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Natalie Dormer
TV series Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Margaery Tyrell is the only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell and his wife, Lady Alerie Hightower. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is played by Natalie Dormer.[3][4]

Appearance and Character

Margaery has thick, softly curling brown hair, large brown eyes, unblemished skin and a slender yet shapely figure.[5] Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister note the similarities in appearance to her brother Loras.[6] Margaery is considered pretty by Jaime Lannister.[7] While observing her, Cersei admits to herself that Margaery is pretty enough but thinks most of that is youth. Cersei thinks that only a fool would ever claim Margaery was more beautiful than her.[8]

Margaery is an intelligent, shrewd and politically savvy young woman, very much the protégée of her cunning grandmother, Lady Olenna Redwyne. She is sixteen years old.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Renly Baratheon takes Eddard Stark aside to show him an exquisite rose gold locket. Inside is a picture of a lovely young girl with doe's eyes and a cascade of soft brown hair painted in the vivid Myrish style. Renly is anxious to know if the picture reminds Ned of anyone. When Ned has no answer but a shrug Renly seems disappointed. Renly confesses that the maid is Ser Loras Tyrell's sister, Margaery, and that there are those who say she looks like Lyanna Stark. Ned is bemused and tells Renly that she does not look like his sister Lyanna.[10] Ned believes this is ironic, that perhaps Renly, a young Robert look-a-like, believes he has fallen in love with a Lyanna look-a-like. Instead, it seems to be part of a Tyrell plot to get rid of Queen Cersei Lannister and put Robert in Margaery's path. Later during the Hand's tourney, in the king's pavilion, Robert Baratheon mentions to Ned that Renly has been telling him about the sister of Loras, a maid of fourteen, lovely as a dawn.[11]

A Clash of Kings

Margaery is married to Renly Baratheon, as a pledge of the Tyrells' support for his claim to the Iron Throne.[12] She rides with him to Bitterbridge, where they attend a great melee and encounter Lady Catelyn Tully. When word arrives that Stannis Baratheon has besieged Storm's End, Renly departs with his cavalry and leaves Margaery at Bitterbridge with his infantry.[13]

After hearing Renly has been killed at Storm's End, the small council sends Petyr Baelish as an envoy to Bitterbridge. The Tyrells ally with the Lannisters by planning to wed Margaery to King Joffrey I.[14][15]

A Storm of Swords

Margaery Tyrell. Art by Amok ©

Margaery is accompanied by a train of ladies when she arrives in King's Landing to become Joffrey's queen consort. Most are either her relatives or the daughters of her father's bannermen, while others are to be her ladies-in-waiting. They include Alla, Elinor, and Megga Tyrell; Lady Alysanne Bulwer; Lady Alyce Graceford; Lady Taena Merryweather; Meredyth Crane; and Septa Nysterica.[9]

Margaery is greeted by cheering throngs of smallfolk when she reaches the capital. She is well-loved by the populace of the city as Tyrell men have been giving wagons of food to the starving population in her name before her arrival.[16] Margaery and her family have supper with Sansa Stark and discover the truth about Joffrey's nature; Margaery treats Sansa kindly.[17] They plan to wed Sansa to Willas Tyrell, but once this plot is discovered by the Lannisters, Lord Tywin Lannister weds Sansa to his son Tyrion Lannister. Margaery is present at the wedding feast afterwards and takes pity on Sansa.

Margaery is wed to Joffrey by the High Septon at the Great Sept of Baelor. However, the king dies from poison at the wedding feast. It is implied that her grandmother Olenna poisoned Joffrey, but it also stands to reason that Margaery knew of the plot since the poison was placed in the wedding chalice from which both were drinking.

A Feast for Crows

Margaery knew that Cersei was behind the accusations. Art by Cabepfir©

After the funeral of Lord Tywin Lannister, Margaery is wed yet again, this time to Joffrey's younger brother Tommen, a little boy who is then crowned king.

In the months after their marriage, Cersei Lannister schemes to dispose of Margaery and the Tyrells, taking advantage of Margaery's claim to still be a maid despite her marriage to Renly. This claim may or may not be true as Renly Baratheon was sexually attracted to men and Joffrey died before his bedding. Margaery's maidenhead is confirmed to have been ruptured by a septa who inspects her, but Cersei notes that highborn girls often have their maidenheads broken by horseback-riding. Cersei has Osney Kettleblack try to seduce Margaery, but she only responds to his advances with nothing but teasing.

Margaery does much to curry favor with the populace as Tommen's queen. She visits local markets to buy fresh fruits, breads and fish, orders dresses from many local seamstresses, and makes great public shows of charity, all while traveling with a bright and colorful retinue.

Margaery suggests several activities for Tommen in an effort to shape him into a successful ruler, such as riding in sight of his subjects and observing sessions of the small council. Cersei forbids all of Margaery's suggestions. Later, Margaery recognizes the military threat created by the ironborn invasion of the Shield Islands and is incredulous at Cersei's lack of understanding.[18]

Cersei accuses Margaery of adultery and treason, lining up an impressive, if untrue, array of conspirators and evidence by torturing the Blue Bard. After Cersei discounts accusing Loras Tyrell, Horas Redwyne, and Hobber Redwyne, Margaery is accused of having slept with:[19]

Margaery is arrested and imprisoned to await trial by the Faith at the Great Sept of Baelor. While in custody, Margaery confronts Cersei, revealing that she knows that Tommen's mother is behind the accusations and wants to remove the young queen from a position of influence, perhaps by arranging for her death. Later, one of Cersei's key witnesses, Osney Kettleblack, reveals her plots under torture, and Cersei soon finds herself sharing Margaery's plight under similar charges.

A Dance with Dragons

Since the evidence against Margaery and her cousins is weak, the Faith releases Margaery and her cousins to the custody of Randyll Tarly until the day of her trial. Margaery chooses to be tried by judges of the Faith instead of trial by battle.

Quotes by Margaery

I know what a burden you bear. You should let me share the load. There must be some things I could do to help you. It would put to rest all this talk that you and I are rivals for the the king.[20]

– Margaery, to Cersei Lannister

Your Grace, this must be answered fiercely![18]

– Margaery, to Cersei Lannister

Quotes about Margaery

Margaery as depicted in the TV series.

a lovely girl with doe's eyes and a cascade of soft brown hair.[21]

- thoughts of Eddard Stark

The girl is a maid of fourteen, sweet and beautiful and tractable, and Lord Renly and Ser Loras intend that Robert should bed her, wed her, and make a new queen.[22]

- Varys

Stannis: We both know your wedding was a mummer’s farce. A year ago you were scheming to make the girl one of Robert’s whores. Renly: A year ago I was scheming to make the girl Robert’s queen.[13]

- Renly Baratheon and Stannis Baratheon

Margaery was different, though. Sweet and gentle, yet there was a little of her grandmother in her, too.[23]

– thoughts of Sansa Stark

So the girl is as clever as she is pretty. Tommen could do a deal worse for a queen.[7]

– thoughts of Jaime Lannister

Wherever she went, the smallfolk fawned on her, and Lady Margaery did all she could to fan their ardor. She was forever giving alms to beggars, buying hot pies off bakers’ carts, and reining up to speak to common tradesmen. [20]

– thoughts of Cersei Lannister


Olenna Redwyne
Alerie Hightower
Jon Fossoway
Paxter Redwyne
Garse Flowers
Garrett Flowers
Elyn Norridge
Leo "the Lazy"
Leonette Fossoway
Horas Redwyne
Hobber Redwyne
Desmera Redwyne
Lia Serry
Leo Blackbar
Renly Baratheon
Joffrey Baratheon
Tommen Baratheon
Lysa Meadows
Jon Bulwer
Alys Beesbury
Alysanne Bulwer

References and Notes

  1. See the Margaery Tyrell calculation.
  2. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Margaery Tyrell.
  3. Natalie - filmography game-of-thrones-2012
  4. About season 2. Slideshow with photo's of characters and the name of the actor on HBO.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  16. The populace does not seem to remember that Margaery's father Mace had closed the Roseroad when the war started, thus starting the famine in King's Landing in the first place.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
  19. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  21. A Game of Thrones, Bad reference param2.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Bad reference param2.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.

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