Margaery Tyrell is the only daughter of Lady Alerie Tyrell and Lord Mace Tyrell, the Lord Paramount of the Reach. The Reach is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms and House Tyrell is one of the Great Houses of the realm. Margaery Tyrell is as much a heroine as one can be in the Game of Thrones universe. In Westeros, she has power through the acts she does to defy the status quo. Margaery is not a fighter in a combat sense but she is a warrior for good. Her main weapons are her looks, her cleverness, and her signature prowess. She can be seen as a temptress for any man who is meant to be with her in matrimony. Margaery has several goals for herself. Margaery’s main goal in this series is to be in control of Westeros, to be “The Queen” who controls the Iron Throne. Her aspirations are to be beloved by the people all around. Margaery is of the House Tyrell and is currently married to Tommen Baratheon of the House Baratheon/Lannister.
A self-protecting character, Margaery looks out for herself during the show. She has to watch out for her own future and that of her family’s. As the heroine of a male dominated story, she has to go against the idea that females are not as important in society. A self-protecting heroine is a distinct difference from the mainstream idea of YA heroines who normally care for all because of their motherly perspective. Margaery has a self-caring attitude. She cares for her own well-being as well as that of other women in the same predicament, such as Sansa. Most feminists would claim that feminine characters are portrayed as motherly and always caring for the others around them. With Margaery there is an aspect of the self that tends to be more important that anyone else. The quote “In the game of thrones, you win or you die,” the main person is the “self”, not the community. The game of thrones is a selfish game where everyone fights to win and only cares about themselves and the people who care otherwise die first. Margaery has used her powers of prowess to keep herself in the running for Queen and to keep her chin up to those who would try to tear her down.
Comparing Cersei and Margaery to the ideas of proper femininity shows great contrast between the two. While Cersei is blunt and often rude, Margaery is capable of exuding the courtly behavior and courtesies expected of a queen – while still privately engaging in palace intrigues to increase her family’s power. In Westeros, a lady is supposed to stay silent and obey her husband. She is supposed to listen to her superiors and be a “proper” lady in the court. Although with Margaery, she manages to maneuver around these guidelines of proper femininity and uses these social constructs to create a pathway for her own success. Margaery has used her position and power to make herself important in the eyes of the people of King’s Landing and those of the royal court. She acts genuine and trust worthy unlike most who reside in the Red Keep. Margaery is a womanizer to men. She uses the lure of sex to make her suitors and husbands do her bidding. Although as her husband’s get younger and younger, it becomes much harder to control them. Since she was introduced in the second season of the show and in the first book, she has gained more control and notoriety than anyone else. From being a princess in a wealthy family to becoming the Queen of Westeros, Margaery has gained power, influence, and a spot in history. Her powers of sex and appeal are flaunted but not oversexualized compared to some of the other characters around her. “Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the impregnable language that will wreck partitions, classes, and rhetoric’s, regulations and codes, they must submerge, cut through, get beyond the ultimate reserve-discourse,” (Barry, 122). Basically, through Margaery’s wardrobe, sexual appeal, and cleverness, she is able to rise in her career to become her ultimate self.
Looking at the scene in Episode 7 from Season 3, I can see that Margaery realizes her true power and explains to Sansa that she can get what she wants. Margaery has the power and as Queen, she can control soldiers, members of the royal court, and most importantly, her own husband, The King of Westeros. In this scene, we can see Sansa in distress that she has to be with Tyrion, and most likely have a child with him. This moment in the show is important to both the characters of Sansa and of Margaery because of the secrets that are revealed. In this moment of “girl talk”, Margaery has gained information regarding the feelings of Sansa towards Tyrion Lannister, her soon to be husband. Using the power she has as a woman, Margaery gains insight into her friends troubles and offers to fix them as well as console her friend in her time of need. She also gives Sansa the hope of freedom that gives a false sense of security. “Women are complicated, but we must stick together in this world if we want to accomplish anything,” (Season 3, Ep.7).
Margaery’s most powerful scene in the second season of the show is when she explains her main goal to Petyr Baelish.
“Do you want to be queen?” – Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish
“No. I want to be the queen.” – Margaery Tyrell, (Season 2, Ep. 5)
This demanding and forceful tone asserted by Margaery puts us into the mindset that she gets what she wants, one way or another. It also reminds us that she does not care who she has to marry, seduce, or tempt, to bring herself to true power in the realm. She believes that as Queen, she can restore a bit of goodness to the realm that has been lost for a long time. “She’s not going to be a demure Queen who defers to her husband. She’s active in building a reputation among the people of King’s Landing to cement herself as someone the people trust, love, and would want to rally around. When she has the support of the people, nothing can tear her down.” There is no stopping Margaery’s rise, and her only competition is Ceresi Lannister, the Queen Regent. And this feud between Margaery and Ceresi is great and will end in death for one or the other.
I see Margaery taking the right hand of the Throne with ease. She has the power and the will to control her husband, Tommen, and once she has him in her hands, no one will stop her from ruling the way she wants to rule.