Natalie Dormer doesn't think Game of Thrones is revolutionary for women
Natalie Dormer chatted with SheKnows about Game of Thrones' broader impact for women in film and television — and her response was unexpected, to say the least, mostly because she was able to put it into words better than we ever could have.
"Revolution is a very strong word," Dormer said immediately when we asked how the show had revolutionized roles for women.
She continued, "I think it's part of the evolution, the natural evolution that is happening in entertainment, that finally we are catching up with gender equality in our three-dimensional roles. Yes, [the show] spearheaded it, along with a couple of other shows, and I do think credit has to be given to television. And cinema is finally catching up, knowing that audiences respond to those well-written, three-dimensional characters. I'd like to see it as a natural progression in evolution that is overdue, but it is happening."
Dormer doesn't think that three-dimensional depth is limited to women in Game of Thrones, either. In fact, she couldn't pick the character she thought was written the best.
"That's a really, really tough one, to be perfectly honest. I mean, the one thing I love about the show is, obviously, the POV characters are given their full rein... But then you have characters like Margaery, who are fleshed out in a way in the show that they're just not in the books. That's a real tough one. I couldn't possibly cite best character, unless I was to say Margaery, but that would kind of be cheating."
What she did say she loved about the show is its ability to start out with characters the audience hates and slowly transition those to characters we love over the course of a few seasons, like Jaime Lannister and The Hound.
Check out the video above for our full interview with Dormer on Game of Thrones and find out which character she thinks will never, ever be redeemable.
Do you agree with Dormer that Game of Thrones is following the natural evolution of characters for women, or do you think it represents more hands-on change?
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