Curtain Call: Natalia Tena

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If season 6 has taught me nothing else, it’s that, even when I see a character’s death coming a long way off, that doesn’t ease the pain of it one bit. In “Book of the Stranger,” Osha (played by Natalia Tena) was killed while trying to assassinate Ramsay Bolton.

Her demise wasn’t exactly unexpected but it was heartbreaking nonetheless. Osha was a fantastic character whose absence from seasons 4 and 5 was sorely felt. She will be missed.

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Osha’s role on Game of Thrones was expanded and altered considerably from ASOIAF. George R.R. Martin admitted in the audio commentary for 1×08, “The Pointy End,” that he initially dismissed Tena as too young and attractive to play Osha but changed his mind once he saw her audition tape.

“She was just wonderful. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She was perhaps not the character as I had originally written but in fact she was a much more interesting character than I had originally written.”

Indeed, Tena delivered a mesmerizing performance as the wild-haired Wildling. She had some beautiful lines:

Who do you think sends the winds if not the gods? They see you, boy. They hear you.

However, it was Tena’s acting choices – the melodic cadence of her voice, the tilt of her head, the animalistic posture of her crouch and her wry smile – that truly set Osha apart from other characters.

Osha’s death wasn’t quite as elaborate as Tena would have liked–

– and I, personally, wish that the writers had decided to let her survive or, at the very least, get in few good slashes before Ramsay stabbed her. However, it’s satisfying that the resilient, resourceful Osha met a heroic end. She wasn’t chased down by hounds or flayed alive. She died trying to kill Ramsay Bolton. Surely, if there’s any cause worth dying for in Westeros, that’s it.

Outside of Game of Thrones, Tena has enjoyed a prolific and eclectic career. Her other projects include the Harry Potter films and, most interestingly (given the circumstances), the Netflix series, Residue, in which she played a photographer uncovering a supernatural conspiracy and Iwan Rheon co-starred as her supportive boyfriend.

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Tena’s also achieved success in the music industry as the accordionist and lead singer of the band, Molotov Jukebox. The group released their fourth album, Tropical Gypsy, in April and they’re scheduled to tour in Spain and the UK later this year.

Though Tena’s time on Game of Thrones is over, she’s left behind quite a legacy. In the audio commentary for “The Pointy End,” Martin said that Osha’s one of the few characters whose incarnation on the show may impact his plans for future ASOIAF installments. “She’s become such an interesting character in the TV show that when she reappears in the books I’d really like to give her a more interesting role to play than I had perhaps originally had in mind,” he said.

As upsetting as her departure from Game of Thrones is, I’m grateful that we got to enjoy Natalia Tena as Osha while we had her.

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    1. A small character, who didn’t really had much of a story in the books.

      But damn if Natalia didn’t knock it off and make us all love Osha.
      It is because of her alone, and what she did to this small character that I will miss Osha!

      A truly great actress, hope to see some of her other works soon.

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    2. Natalia! We’ll miss you (but I’ll see you at your concerts when you come close again). Thank for your enthusiasm and everything you gave to us fans.

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    3. Much more interesting than the book version. Natalia was a blessing to the show. I wish there was more of her, but oh well, the writing fates are cruel. I’ll miss Osha & Natalia’s performance!

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    4. Such a great secondary character in the show, all thanks to Natalia Tena and the enlarged role the writers gave her. I too wish that, before dying, Osha had managed to stab Ramsay in the dick or something. It’d been quite appropriate (considering Theon’s torture), yet it would allow Ramsay to remain alive for the rest of the season, until hopefully Jon and Sansa kill the bastard; because of course Ramsay wouldn’t die at the hands of a secondary character who has been absent for years. But I wish she’d been able to wound him at least!

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    5. Oddly enough , even though we haven’t seen OSHA in two seasons, this was hard to take. It still is. I really wish we had more of her before she was killed. Will miss her madly 🙁

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    6. he Netflix series, Residue, in which she played a photographer uncovering a supernatural conspiracy and Iwan Rheon co-starred as her supportive boyfriend.

      Ive been enjoying seeing the connections between actors on this show, but this has to be my favorite! Need to watch that!

      Did love what she did with this character; she really made it her own Osha was wild, but so loyal, and I knew she’d die being an active part of the show. Looking forward to seeing what else she will be in. RIP Osha, thanks Natalia for a job well done

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    7. Her death couldn’t help but feel perfunctory after having been absent so long, but intellectually one understands it, given the very obvious, aggressive pruning of the cast that’s going on this season as things head toward the finish line. Tena definitely brought the part to life.

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    8. Because of the rumours Davos heard in the books I was anticipating really cool things about Rickon and Osha. It was a bit disappointing, but at least she didn’t get flayed!

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    9. I never cared much for the character, but I appreciate that many people did. I’m happy that she got a relatively good (untortured) end.

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    10. dragonreborn:
      at least she didn’t get flayed!

      Like that could scare Osha! Come on —Ramsay doesn’t even eat them after, the weakling! He’s no Thenn. He couldn’t impress Osha. Which was a pretty good way to go, when you think about it. Still: I hoped for a dick stab.

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    11. She did outstanding with that character, on the show she just seemed to have an air of mystery and purpose behind her, and I now realize it was just all Tena’s on screen presence.

      I think the show did a disservice to her and the fans by only bringing her back to kill her off. As with the Dorne kill offs, it just seemed way to rushed. I would agree she is expendable, and understand that under Ramsey’s control she would most likely die, but like her character, I would have hoped her end arc was more suspenseful over at least 1 or 2 more episodes and another speaking scene.

      I would have liked to see her death scene play out exactly how it happened except extended, may Ramsey miss that neck kill and they have to both stand up and face each other to the death with Ramsey having a huge smile from the trill of it. Or maybe a Ramsey moment when she is killed and the guard opens the door asking should they take the body, and Ramsey says: no, i’ll hold on to her for a bit longer.

      but the TV version of Osha is far superior than the book version, great job Tena.

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    12. Bitter times… The actors with outstanding performances are getting sacked this season.

      McElhatton, Teale, Tena, Siddig, …and O’Connor.
      Who will be next: Rigg? Headey?

      Back to Tena. Long journey, few appearances, big impact… I was truly sad, when she entered the room in a linnen dress. A symbolic funeral. Besides the fact, that she was alone in one room with Ramsay.

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    13. RiP, Osha. Totally enjoyed Natalia’s performance and wish we could have spent more time with her on GoT. Her candor in various interviews always brings a smile to my face. Love her voice. Plus, she is the mistress of the merkin! 😉

      Osha’s demise is yet another reason to detest the Boltons and (maybe) the show!Umbers. I wonder what plans GRRM has for her on the page? Are her and Rickon really in Skaagos?

      Hope to see Natalia again on screen soon.

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    14. She was fantastic. While I wish she would have went out more dramatically, whats done is done.

      Man, they’re really killing em off quick this season. We must really be in the home stretch.

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    15. Has it really been two seasons ? Damn. Natalia was amazing, and I will miss her. I agree, would have been nice if Osha had given Ramsay a really awful facial wound. Maybe stabbed out an eye. A dick-stab. Something !

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    16. “Osha’s death wasn’t quite as elaborate as Tena would have liked..”
      D&D have been a bit too expedient this season.
      I mean this season Doran Martell , Areo Hotah and Trystane Martell are eliminated as if they were blips on a Pac Man screen!

      It was George who said that it was Natalia who influenced him to write Osha differently in , well, Winds of Winter.

      Felt Osha story would end this way but until like E10, so I am disappointed since I think there was narrative to mined.
      Can’t seem to find any comments from Tena about the development.

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    17. “I tried telling your brother, he’s marching the wrong way. All these swords, they should be going north, boy, not south. The cold winds are rising.”

      From a feral spear wife to a dedicated servant of House Stark, Natalia always was a superb Osha.

      The pinnacle of her performance, in my estimation, was her monologue about her Wildling husband, Bruni. You could see the fear in her eyes as she described her encounter with his wight. And to her credit, she remained so dedicated to the Stark boys that she was willing to bring them back to the doorstep of the very land she fled as a result.

      And of course, another wonderful character to lay at the feet of Ramsay Bolton. He must pay with his life!

      Outstanding job, Natalia!

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    18. Sad we won’t see tonks OSHA anymore in the show ..
      But aleast Natalia got onscreen death here as osha when she didnt in harry potter.

      Such a shame that the character GRRm seemed to like how they developed in the show and started writiing more in the books is gone this quickly after returning ..

      Hope we get to read more about Osha in the TWOW and that too very soon..

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    19. What a fantastic actress…her portrayal of Osha was outstanding and I loved how cocksure she was and her fearlessness.

      The manner of her death was one of the only gripes I had about this amazing episode as I mentioned in another thread, and like Tena, I just wished she’d been able to give Ramsey one helluva scar before meeting her very grizzly (but perhaps necessary) end. RIP Osha.

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    20. Outstanding performance on the show! She sold the hell out of someone representing a Wildling looking for a better life south of the Wall.

      Side note: Martin’s stance on possibly changing something due to the adaptation being better on television is a bit of a slippery slope (with the extreme being tWoW and aDoS eventually conforming to what the show did). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having the book story be as good as possible but I want Martin’s vision for what is best and not some altered vision using the screen as a pre-test for treatment/storylines. They’re already separate enough entities as it is, I would prefer to have the author’s mind independent of how characters behave/arc on screen. Then again, this is just a testament to just how good Tena was in her role, bravo!

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    21. Sad to see Osha go so soon! 🙁 Maybe George will give us more of this wilding girl.
      You are amazing Natalia!! 😀

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    22. TFT,

      This place is to show our approval/appreciation of the actress/actor.

      There are plenty of other places to voice your criticism of the writing/plot.

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    23. I have loved Natalia in everything I’d watched her in and she perfectly embodied Osha. I am so sad to see her go and so quickly after her reappearance, but she went down with a fight and that is exactly what you would have expected from her Wildling character. Bravo, Natalia!

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    24. It’s sad to see Osha leave because she was such a fantastic character, and I would love to have seen more of her. However, I can completely understand why D&D killed her off at this point. The North has a whole host of characters now, and to be honest we have a lot more invested in all of them than Osha (mainly because Osha has been missing since Season 3). You can only juggle so many characters without others feeling short-changed, so I can see why she had to go.

      As soon as it was first speculated that Osha and Rickon were heading to Winterfell I knew that Osha would be killed off (and probably Rickon as well). She was a prisoner of absolutely no value, so the only reason Ramsay would have to keep her alive would be to torture her. And we have all seen Ramsay torturing others enough by this point. As Luka Nieto mentions it might have been nice for Osha to injure Ramsay, but that is my only complaint.

      Osha was such a brilliant character, and was brought to life by Natalia. We knew exactly why she behaved the way she did, and she was the first character who showed that wildlings weren’t as bad as other characters suggested. It is sad to see Osha go, but I’m grateful she was kept on in Season 3. It was also good that she wasn’t just killed off-screen as we would have felt short-changed, so I’m grateful that D&D didn’t go down that route, and that Natalia agreed to come back.

      Goodbye Natalia/Osha, you will be missed.

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    25. Natalia Tena did such an amazing job and shame she went so soon after being broutgh back to the show. Curious to see what George will do with her in the books. She was truly embodiment of a willding woman as she was truly fearless and probably knew that she’ll die anyway. She went for it and tried. All the best to the future Natalia. She was in Harry Potter saga, wasn’t she? Can’t remember it very ell.

      PS:Just a friendly warning. Be careful of reddit and try to avoid it.

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    26. Natalia’s Osha will be missed. Whenever she was on screen that meant we were visiting the Northern storyline, so interesting events were bound to happen. She was another example of the solid casting work to create meaningful supporting characters in this story. I was happy to see her finally return and would have loved seeing her in more scenes before her story ended. Alas, it was not meant to be.

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    27. Sorry to see Osha go and I concur Natalia Tena gave a heck of a performance. Makes me worry for Rickon also. It’s natural to hope for the best but with GoT it’s wise to be prepared for the worst I think. Last year I was hoping nothing would happen to Shireen but it did so I expect the worst now and then if something good does happen to a decent character it’s a nice surprise.

      I’d like Bran to warg into Ramsay’s dogs (he’s probably too far away of course) and turn them on their master.

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    28. Natalia did a fantastic job bringing Osha to life. Such a layered and nuanced performance! She drew my attention in every scene she was in. And not a spectacular death, but a meaningful and heart-wrenching one. Looking forward to seeing her in other projects!

      Dame of Mercia:
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      I’d like Bran to warg into Ramsay’s dogs (he’s probably too far away of course) and turn them on their master.

      Oh! This would be DELICIOUS!!

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    29. osha the protector…..she was one of the best characters in game of thrones ..fun to watch strong….and commanding character. ..but most of all she was unique…
      osha you shall be missed……
      Natalia Tena…….you deserve a standing ovation. …………thank you for your wonderful performance. ..you truly entertained us ……..

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    30. Thank you, Natalia, for allowing us GOT geeks to watch you play the role of Osha. We don’t realize how attached we are to certain characters until they are, er, um, killed 🙂 Wishing you all the best for the future and for your promising career. The North will never forget you, Osha :sobbing:

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    31. She did a heck of a job with a small character. Given I was unsullied in Season 1, soon as I saw her, and recognized her from Harry Potter and About a Boy, I knew she wasn’t brought in just to be killed off in five seconds, and so glad we got to have her for the bulk of three seasons.

      “Take care of this one. He means the world to me.”

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    32. This monologue just killed me…
      “But the gods wouldn’t spare a raven’s cold shit for you or me or anyone. You don’t understand. You don’t know. You don’t know. None of you know. None of you have been up there. I had a man once. A good man. Bruni, his name was. I was his and he was mine. But one night Bruni disappears. People said he left me, but I knew him. He’d never leave me. Not for long. I knew he’d come back. And he did. He came in through the back of the hut. Only it wasn’t Bruni. Not really. His skin was pale like a dead man’s. His eyes bluer than clear sky. He came at me, grabbed me by the neck and squeezed so hard I could feel the life slipping out of me. I don’t know how I got the knife. When I did, I stuck it deep into his heart. And he hardly seemed to notice. I had to burn our hut down with him inside. I didn’t ask the gods what it meant. I didn’t need to. I already knew. It meant the North was no place for men to be. Not anymore.”

      Farewell Osha. You didn’t make it as far south as south goes, but you made it into our hearts, and you will be sorely missed (esp. by Rickon and Bran).

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    33. Fuck Ramsay.

      Osha brought a really nice light side to the series with the way she interacted with Bran & Rickon. D&D did wonderful with her and I really wish they gave her more screentime in S6. 🙁

      How glorious would it be if Bran finds out everything Ramsay’s done to Winterfell itself, Sansa, Rickon and Osha, and unleashes terrifyingly rage on him. One can wish.

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    34. Loved the character and her portrayal of it. Usually not the biggest fan of cast interviews but Natalia Tena is always so lively on them they’re fun to listen to.
      Too bad her death was just a part of “we gotta remind audience in every episode that Ramsay is evil” thing instead of letting her shine once more.

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    35. The Day's King: Ramsey miss that neck kill and they have to both stand up and face each other to the death with Ramsey having a huge smile from the trill of it. Or maybe a Ramsey moment when she is killed and the guard opens the door asking should they take the body, and Ramsey says: no, i’ll hold on to her for a bit longer.

      If they had to do it, I’m glad it was done the way it was done. I couldn’t stomach even one more of Ramsay’s psycho grins (Iwan is almost too good at those psycho-kill grins, making Ramsay so delighted with his own nastiness.)

      I liked the character of Osha from the beginning. You guys are right, it was the combination of the cadence of her voice and her body-language. Her little bouts with Meera about skinning the rabbit were hilarious, and her gentle love for her “little lords ” was sweet and memorable. When Smalljon uncovered her head, I groaned, knowing she was doomed then. That’s a lousy payback for her years of loyalty, but Osha/Natalia deserves the greatest of praise (and to be avenged!!)

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    36. For me, it wasn’t until she saw the red comet in season two, during the season 2 premiere when all the different characters from around Westeros and across the Narrow Sea were trying to make heads or tails of what the comet meant, and Osha told Bran,

      “Stars don’t fall for men. That comet means one thing, boy. Dragons.”

      She was right.

      Even though she was gone for a few seasons, I’ll still miss her protective presence and cutthroat survival instincts. RIP, Osha.

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    37. Another character developed in the show far better than GRRM ever allowed for.

      Very enjoyably played by Natalia and good wished for your future acting and muscial carrers!

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    38. What else can be said about Natalia Tena? She brought a tremendous amount of compassion, vitality, mischievousness, sexiness, empathy, charisma, and gravitas to a character that, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from based on her rather thinly characterized counterpart in the novels.

      I was familiar with Tena’s work as Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter films, and I was very impressed with her even then – to the point that I believed that she was a bigger star than she actually was at the time. As such, I remember being very surprised that Game of Thrones had booked her for what I thought would be a very small role. I was delighted when it became apparent that Tena’s Osha was no mere background player, but a vibrant and essential character in her own right – one who would bring a welcome element of warmth and an incisive edge to Bran’s storyline during the first three seasons.

      Whether the writers always planned to make Osha a bigger character, or whether they expanded her role once they discovered what an asset Tena was, the rewards of this particular casting coup manifested themselves quickly. From her first appearance, as a crazy-haired and crazy-eyed wildling raider menacing Bran in the woods, Tena was riveting. But once Osha was brought inside the walls of Winterfell and became a mentor, protector, and surrogate mother to Bran and Rickon, Tena’s true gifts went on display.

      The wildling woman and the young nobleman often verbally sparred over their conflicting views, but their affection for one another was immensely evident. One of my favorite little moments is in “The North Remembers”, when Osha sets Bran down by the pool in the godswood and then gently runs her hand down his hair and upper back in a way that very much evokes the way mother would soothe her troubled young son. Tragic as it is to say, Osha wound up being far more of a mothering presence to Bran that Catelyn was – at least during the onscreen tenure of the show.

      (Also a joy to watch was Tena’s tense and simmering dynamic with Alfie Allen’s Theon. Their interactions brought some necessary color to both characters in Season 1, and then paid off in a narratively rich and satisfying way in Season 2).

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    39. From the time they put her with Bran, she captivated me. The way she spoke, her movements, her eyes. She’s a fantastic actress and she made the character and I can’t tell you how much I wish we’d had more time with her–if only to see her give Ramsay one good scar across his cheek before he got to enjoy his apple. I was sure if any character could at least injure him, make him bleed once for the first time in the show, it would be her.

      I will miss her.

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    40. I’d also like to note that Natalia Tena was also an extremely physical performer, more so than most actors on the show. That physicality wasn’t just on display when Osha was employing her fighting skills or her sexuality (though she excelled at both). There are so many choices that she made that became an indelible part of her character. Her signature head tilt. The lilting rhythm of her voice, which could be mocking and impudent at certain times, but was melodious and soothing at others (If no one said the word “bastard” better than Owen Teale, then no one said the word “Lord” – or “little lord” – better than Natalia).

      Above all, I loved the way she constantly moved her eyes and shifted her gaze around the room, sizing up her surroundings with a series of wary glances that were always just slightly askew. She could carry on a conversation with her scene partners while never looking them quite in the eye. Yet when she did look directly into another character’s eyes, you knew that she meant business.

      Effectively, Osha was almost never still. Yet while that constant sense of movement could be the sign of a restless or uncomfortable performance in the hands of a less talented actor, it was clear that Tena was totally in control. Osha was never fully at ease, but Tena was perfectly at ease in her skin, and so the two blended together in perfect harmony to create a character that felt entirely natural, deep, and complex beyond what we saw on the surface. That depth finally rose to the surface tragic backstory that Osha shared in “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, where she revealed suffered terrible losses in her life. That knowledge enriched the already apparent reasons for why she had became so fiercely protective of the new family that she had found.

      That devotion reached its heartbreaking emotional peak in “The Rains of Castamere”, when Osha and Rickon split from Bran – a scene that carries an additional layer of tragedy now that we know the dark end towards which the road to Last Hearth leads. When she turns to Meera and Jojen in the tower, gestures towards Bran and said “Keep this one safe. He means the world to me,” I still get a little choked up. That the woman who once held a knife to the little lord’s throat would one day grow to love him and his brother that much is a powerful idea, and a testament to just how effective Osha’s arc on the show was, even before its brutal conclusion.

      While I’m saddened by Osha’s death at Ramsay’s hands, I’m neither surprised nor angry. I never thought that a happy ending was in the cards for her. Once her path brought her back to Bolton-controlled Winterfell, this outcome was the most logical (and probably merciful) ending that she could have hoped for. Some have complained that the show brought Tena back solely to kill Osha off, but I’m glad she returned. After everything that Natalia Tena and Osha had given to Game of Thrones, to kill her offscreen like Shaggydog merely to spare the audience’s feelings would have felt like an immense disservice to the character. Natalia Tena’s entire performance as Osha was an unexpected gift, so I’m glad that we got to see Osha’s journey through to the end.

      I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Natalia Tena, and wish her all the best in her future projects, both on screen and in the musical realm. I’ll be listening to some Molotov Jukebox this weekend in her honor!

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    41. She’s a fantastic actress and made a small role into a memorable one. I’ll miss her on the show.

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    42. Jared,

      It’s not the first time that I read an awesome comment, scroll up and then find that it’s you who wrote it.

      Regarding Osha, I was in denial that she died, I started to think that maybe the wound wasn’t so fatal and that she could run away and heal. I didn’t know I liked her until last episode. I remember Ned’s speak in the first book when he executed Gared about “dying well”. I don’t think she died well, I was really hoping for some more interaction, plans and wit, but I should know better. I will consider that she is one of the many people that died in The Rains of Castamere. Goodbye, Osha!

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    43. I’m going to miss Osha! She was such a badass. I thought during her last scene she miiight be able to pull off the kill but I knew it probably wouldn’t end well. I didn’t know Tena and Rheon were together on another show. Good luck to her!! 😀

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    44. I’m a book reader but very, very easygoing with the show — but I’ll carry to the end of it all a feeling of bereavement concerning Osha, purely because I loved the character’s tenaciousness, fearlessness, and oddness, and that she never got one last scene in the show with Rickon. Just one scene before her inevitable death, D&D! Then again, I don’t think she was much of anything in the books — it was Natalie Tena who really gave this character life and depth. I would’ve loved to see her sharing the screen with some other favourite Wildling characters.

      Grief aside, I loved how Ramsey seemed somewhat taken aback, even amused, and how Osha didn’t fear him at all. “I’ve seen worse.” And she went right for the jugular. She was outdrawn, but noble attempt all the same. Thank you Natalie for a great performance.

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    45. Natalia was awesome as Osha, really loved her portrayal.

      I’m still hoping for a Bran vision of Osha, Umber and Rickon that will show us that Shaggydog was still alive and the whole thing was a ruse to try and get Osha in a room with Ramsey to kill him, even if Theon’s confession caused the plan to fail.

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    46. She was one of my favorite parts of the early seasons. A shame she went out in an almost perfunctory manner.

      I’d like to second what Jared said about the physicality of her performance. I recall her saying that when she auditioned she was under the impression that the character wasn’t entirely human, and gave a more animalistic performance. Some part of that carried through into the show, and made the other free folk look like kneelers in comparison.

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    47. An extremely underrated actress in the world of GoT fandom, Natalia Tena made the role of Osha so memorable. I really, truly wish she had somehow survived till the end, to see a different world where the WWs were defeated.

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    48. RIP Osha and Natalie Tena, she really made her presence known in such a talented cast. Wish we had a few more scenes this season… it’s gotta suck to miss a full season and then come back for two quick scenes. Wishing her all the best in her career.

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    49. Another character whose show version I prefer to the book version. Mainly thanks to Natalia’s incredible performance.

      I love Natalia as Tonks in Harry Potter, so when I first saw her in this, I was so happy. And she more than delivered. As others have mentioned, her amazing vocal work, combined with the physical acting she implemented made this EASILY one of the best performances in the show (and possibly the best for a supporting character).

      Her death made me sadder than any death in the past couple seasons (except perhaps Shireen). I understand why they killed her off, but I really wish it wasn’t so… or at least that she got some piece of Ramsay before she went.

      Natalia made me love this character more than several of the main characters, and she will be greatly missed.

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    50. Even though Osha had been gone, I still kinda felt her presence when you would think about the whereabouts of the Starks. She was an AWESOME character and I was routing for her :). Kinda thought she would get a little more action though but I know I know…it is what it is lol. Thanks Osha (Natalia Tena)! Be looking for you in other endeavors!!

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    51. She really did a great job. I was looking forward to her coming back for a couple of seasons, and was really disappointed by how she was just offed immediately in a throwaway death. I wish they could’ve found something better to do with her.

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    52. I seem to recall in the pre fansided days of the old WiC site after season one they did an awards poll of favorite performances and Natalie won for best female supporting character or something like that. At the announcement of the winners she posted a video to the site thanking everyone for the award. I thought that was pretty cool of her and as far as I know the only actor to ever acknowledge this recognition.

      My memory is a bit fuzzy from 5 years ago but the mods on here prob have a better memory of specifics.

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    53. R.I.P. Osha. Yes, she is one of the characters that I prefer show version. Her death was a bit rushed but I still liked it more than her being tortured by Ramsay. I wonder what will happen to her in the books (if we ever get them)…

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    54. Absolutely the worst part of episode 4, the main reason I give it a 9.5/10 instead of a 10; waste of her character and skill, she could have stayed around till 8 and have had a few more scenes with Rickon and Ramsay. This is what I have feared D&D are rushing toward the finish instead of taking their time, SLOW DOWN D&D! You have two more years, spread it out over 20, and not 13-15 episodes.

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    55. I was excited to see her return, but alas her watch was ended too soon. Tena really brought Osha to life. I too am glad that at least she died trying to kill THAT GUY and got in one of her classic digs. “Do you eat them after? No? I’ve seen worse.”

      I’ve watched this episode several times, but have to FF through this scene. Too painful to watch her go!

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    56. Tena crushed it.

      Her death made sense though. Ramsay toyed with her slightly but also didn’t beat around the bush. She was no good to him alive.

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    57. She EARNED a better death by the writers. No way this is how she’ll go in the books. Not a chance.

      Anyway, great job. Another character from the books actually made better on the show… mostly because the actor was terrific in the role.

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    58. GeekFurious,

      This ain’t the books, so it doesn’t matter what will happen in them. Besides unless Osha dies in TWOW we won’t ever find out how she dies in them.

      I would have liked to see more of her, but unfortunately it is simply a matter of time, so it may well be the right decision to get rid of her now. As I said before, it is better than her been tortured for a season and then killed.

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    59. Excellent acting job. She gave one of those performances where it allows you to suspend disbelief and put yourself in a totally different culture (and a fictional one at that) and feel you know something about it. That’s a heck of an accomplishment with the limited time we got to see her.

      Birgitte Sorensen did an excellent job in Hardhome also. But she was a chieftain. I always felt like Natalia Tena was meant to and did embody sort of the every day Wildling woman. It was great to have both performances to introduce us to their society.

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    60. This is maybe the death I regret the most so far this season. And one of the few I truely regretted on the whole show, the others being Ned Stark, Oberyn Martell (I still feel horified about that one) and Khal Drogo (that one, I have to admit it is not because I liked the character so much but, well, for OBVIOUS reasons).
      Still, I am really grateful for what was in reality a mercy killing for dear Osha.
      We will really miss you Miss Tena.

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    61. Osha’s rivalry with Meera, the subsequent truce, and the speech about what drove her south, are highlights for me. I agree with GeekFurious – she deserved to go out doing damage.
      Well done, Miss Natalia. Good luck and godspeed.

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    62. She was phenomenal! I was expecting to see her in moe than 3 episodes and I was glad to see her so early, it sounded promising. That is why my disappointment was enormous when she was murdered by Ramsay! Although I enjoyed their dialogue I was actually laughing during the first exchanges, a rare moment in this show, it was hard to see her go like this. But at least as many said it was a quick and honourable death. Well done Natalia Tena!

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    63. Bearded Onion:
      Fuck Ramsay.

      How glorious would it be if Bran finds out everything Ramsay’s done to Winterfell itself, Sansa, Rickon and Osha,and unleashes terrifyingly rage on him. One can wish.

      On the other hand, and although I share the hatred against Ramsey, I am 100% certain that we will miss him as hell when we are finally rid of him!

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    64. With Ned, Jon and a few others we were Shocked as well as saddened when they were killed off. But we all pretty much Knew Osha was gonna die and were just as or even more saddened. The strength of her character, (protector of the children even though a wildling) made Osha loved and respected.
      For me no one has nailed their respective character any better than Natalia Tena.

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    65. Maybe I was in denial but I didn’t expect her to die, at least not so easily and with so little screen time. I forgot that Ramsay probably had enough pieces to put together to know about her. But even though I forgot that, I really didn’t have a good feeling about her meeting with ramsay when it seemed to be going well for her. Did love that moment where she shocked him though.

      What is it with this year and killing characters so quickly? I’d have liked to see her have a chance to fight back a bit more.

      Also, didn’t think it was possible to hate Ramsay more than I did after shaggy dog (even though he didn’t do shaggy dog. Hate is not always rational :p), but I do. Can he stop being so perfect at everything except peeling apples please?

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    66. I’m glad Osha got a clean death, for sure. Going out fighting like a proud wildling should.

      During her last scene, all I could hear in my head was Red Wings’ color man Mickey Redmond chiding her about “going to the well one too many times with that move!”

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    67. Osha 🙁

      I loved Tena’s version of Osha on the show. A really great performance of this character. I am going to miss her on the show.

      Anybody who hasn’t seen Residue, it is a good series. I recommend that everyone at least check it out. If you don’t like it, then it is fine.I don’t know if Residue it is still available on US Netflix. I don’t know about outside the US where you could find it. I am sure it is somewhere.

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    68. Hate that we didn’t get to catch up with the character, but I’m getting used to it this season. 🙁 Natalia did a fantastic job & will be sorely missed.

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    69. Natalia made Osha a really interesting and at times fun character to watch. I agree with everbody that even though it was anticipated it still felt very hard to see her get killed but at least she tried. After two seasons of absence just a little more than two episodes would have been nice though.

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    70. I loved what Tena did with Osha, transforming her from Wildling girl to fierce nanny who wouldn’t hesitate to cut your throat to protect her charges. Her bond with Bran (and to a lesser extend, Rickon) was one of the sweetest elements of the show. I pretty much loved every scene they were in and was kinda bummed when they separated after S3. Wish they could’ve kept her around for at least a couple of episodes, too.

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    71. 3eyes:
      Osha’s rivalry with Meera, the subsequent truce, and the speech about what drove her south, are highlights for me. I agree with GeekFurious – she deserved to go out doing damage.
      Well done, Miss Natalia. Good luck and godspeed.

      I’ve always loved Maester Leuwin’s death scene, when he tells her that the children are her’s now to protect and she averts her eyes, as if the emotion of the moment was too much for Osha. Great scene. Great acting.

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    72. RG,

      She knocked it out of the park with her charasmatic portrayal of Osha. RIP wild one. Who else has ever attempted to bring down Ramsay? I love her even more for that 🙂

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    73. Really did feel for the character and loved Natalie’s performance. Can’t help but think we may still see a little more of her yet – maybe burning on a cross after being flayed – just seemed pointless bathing her if he was going to just stab her and be done with it – also the peeling of the apple was a little bit of a tell.

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    74. HousePotterz:

      The pinnacle of her performance, in my estimation, was her monologue about her Wildling husband, Bruni. You could see the fear in her eyes as she described her encounter with his wight. And to her credit, she remained so dedicated to the Stark boys that she was willing to bring them back to the doorstep of the very land she fled as a result.

      That was my favourite Osha scene as well.
      When I first saw her in the show I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Tonks from Harry Potter. In GOT I like her even more.
      I mourn for the noble, fierce wildling girl and admire her courage and resourcefulness. Natalia Tena is truly an accomplished performer and I’m glad I have found out about her singing and playing the accordion.

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    75. Dammit.

      I really liked Osha and Natalia just made her a great character, as so many of this incredible cast have. I had a feeling she might not last the season, but her death felt perfunctory here. We still don’t even know what Osha went through to protect Rickon all this time. It would have been nice to at least get some idea of what their lives had been like since the fall of Winterfell.

      A rose to you, Wildling Lady. ?

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    76. Well writtwn CC

      Simikarly i could see this a mile off given they are wrapping things up.and there’s no more ASOIF material to adapt, and.there’s many more in this camp

      But Natalia did a great, one of those supporting.actors that really lift the show

      A scene that comes to mind is the one where she is recounting how her partner became a Wight and she had to burn their hut/tent down to escape

      Obciously hurried bit at least she went fown fighting

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