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On HBO’s Game of Thrones, actress Natalie Dormer oozes ambition and situation-based savvy as the sometimes-queen Margaery, and it’s no surprise that she’s got that kind of a personality in real life. When The Muppets’ revealed Kermit’s new girlfriend Denise, there were quite a few comparisons between the Muppet and Dormer, and rather than be offended or shrug it off good-humoredly, the English actress owned the moment.
When the subject was brought up at New York Comic-Con, Dormer suggested that she might have been the origin of those comparisons a few years ago. Here’s what she said about a past episode of Game of Thrones, according to EW.
There’s a scene in season 3 where I’m walking on all the cliffs with Sansa, and I’m telling her how I was teased as a young girl for my nose. I asked in a dinner with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], ‘Please, can you put in a line about a pig nose? I was bullied at school, I used to get told I had pig nostrils. I said for my own demons, it would be sticking two middle fingers up to the bullies of my childhood. If you watch the DVDs, you’ll see me oinking backstage. When I saw that Kermit had a new girlfriend, I thought I might be responsible for that. I brought up the pig subject myself.
First of all, I’d like to say that the way I looked at it, Denise looked like the much more attractive Dormer more than say, Dormer looks like a pig, as that has more negative connotations.
Second, power to her for taking a childish insult that probably hurt her feelings at one point in life and spinning that as creatively as possible. How many of us can say that our schoolyard tormentors inspired a line in Game of Thrones. That’s way cooler than being able to say that your beer belly is what inspired Homer Simpson’s.
Third, what if she’s right, and whoever said it for the very first time only mentioned it because of that line from the episode? And what if the rest of humanity followed suit, even if some of them hadn’t ever watched Game of Thrones, because independent thoughts are extinct, man, and we’re just a bunch of puppets with hands guiding us, bro, and Kermit is more real than me, man. Anyway, this is what Denise looks like on The Muppets, just in case you wondered.
You can catch The Muppets on Tuesday nights on ABC, and we’ve got quite a bit longer to wait for Game of Thrones Season 6, which won’t premiere until next year.