There is only one god, as they say, and his name is Death. And this Season Finale, he took two very different ladies with him, Myranda, and Myrcella Baratheon. Viewers were first introduced to Myranda back in Season Three, as one of Ramsay Snow’s, sorry, Bolton’s servants who, along with fellow bed-warmer Violet, seduced Theon Greyjoy before the poor lad was castrated. Myranda was allegedly in training to become a Septa, but her sexual urges prevented her from taking her vows. It’s apparent by Season Four that her lustful urges aren’t the only thing keeping Myranda by Ramsay’s side; she’s just as blood-thirsty as he is, joining him on a hunt and even shooting an unfortunate Tansy through the leg before watching her being mauled to death by dogs. But it was Season Five when Myranda really started to make herself felt as a character. Side-lined by Ramsay in favour of his new bride, Myranda became an enjoyably nutty and nasty presence around Winterfell. Whether she was tormenting Sansa with the discovery of a now thoroughly broken Theon, or regaling her with twisted tales of Ramsay’s former lovers before their wedding night, Myranda was a dangerous live wire who could have exploded with jealousy at any moment. But in the end, no-one gets away with attempting to shoot off Sansa’s limbs and it’s safe to say there were a fair few viewers cheering when she finally met her demise at Theon’s hands. It’s always a tough job to bring a character to life on-screen that wasn’t in the original source material (there is a Myranda of course but that’s a book-spoilery story for another day) but Charlotte Hope managed to breathe ferocious being into Ramsay’s jealous mistress. Having racked up screen appearances in last year’s Oscar winning The Theory of Everything and the critically acclaimed Testament of Youth, alongside Thrones’ own Kit Harington, Hope is set to appear in British thriller North V South and the star-studded Miss You Already. One less Bolton sympathiser is great news for Westeros, but her character will certainly be missed!
If bringing a composite character to screen is tough task, taking over a character from an actress well-loved by the fandom must be an even harder job. Such was the task set before Nell Tiger Free when she was cast as Myrcella Baratheon for Season Five, replacing Aimee Richardson who had previously played the role. Luckily, the young actress rose to the task with aplomb. With the character having been sequestered in Dorne since Season Two, she brought Myrcella back to the fore of the show as a genteel princess who had found happiness with her handsome prince. Alas the course of true love never does run smooth, and poor Myrcella is just about to be dragged home by father/uncle Jaime before she’s subjected to an attempted kidnapping by the Sand Snakes. And when everything seems to be going all right again, she’s poisoned by Ellaria Sand and dies in Jaime’s arms. Myrcella may not have had as much screen time as her Lannister relations, but Nell Tiger Free brought a graceful, delicate touch to the show that will be missed. Her final scene, in which she assured Jaime she knew and understood the nature of her true parentage, was deeply touching and made her sudden death all the more poignant. While Nell does not appear to have any immediate productions in the pipeline, it can’t be long before a rising star like her is on our screens again! Myrcella may be gone, but this adorable Twitter exchange between the two actresses who played her is giving me an idea. Princesses for Hire anyone?