[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the most recent episode of 24: Live Another Day as well as possible future episodes of Game of Thrones. Read at your own risk.]
24: Live Another Day may have fooled audiences when the show "killed" President Heller, but this week's casualty is a goner for sure.
After Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) were able to fake the death of President Heller (William Devane) by hacking into the video feed on the drone terrorist Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) was using to target the leader of the free world, Margot honored her word to crash all her other drones and cease the attacks on London. However, when Margot realized she'd been tricked, she set her last remaining drone's sights on Waterloo Station.
What did you like about this character? She's obviously doing bad things, but she isn't pure evil.
Fairley: In her mind, she's a very honorable woman. She's very intelligent and she's completely committed. It's her purpose and her drive. She has taken something on, and she will see it through to the end. So, you play this woman's passion, you play her commitment. In her mind, she isn't evil. She's achieving a goal that is pertinent to her. It involves a loss of love with her husband.... but she's also trained her mind to not be emotional. Her emotions are very intact; they are not emotions that can send her out of control. They keep her focused, they keep her driven. She is cool under pressure.
I suppose she showed some honor when she kept her word about downing all the other drones.
Fairley: I admired the writers for putting that in. It shows that when she made that deal with the president, they both were giving their word. It's important ... because she had achieved her goal. She wasn't just going to annihilate the rest [of London]. She was prepared to draw the line once President Heller was dead. That was what she set out to do. And therefore, when she realized that [Heller] had lied, it makes the betrayal doubly hard for her. She kept her word, but she's thinking, again, "Why did I believe them? I should have trusted my instincts."
But the things she did to her daughter Simone were less than honorable.
Fairley: She feels her daughter has betrayed her. She wouldn't betray her daughter; she is forced into that position. [Simone's] actions forced Margot to play the hand that she played. It's not like she [could say,] "I'm going to back out now." She's in this until she achieves her ultimate [goal] which is the death of President Heller. If there is any form of interruption in that process, even if you are related, you're not safe.
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Although her fatal flaw might have been trusting Heller too much, couldn't she also have left before Jack arrived? Why did she stay and wait for the missiles to launch, even when her son advised against it?
Fairley: She isn't prepared to run away and leave this half done. Knowing the person that she is, it was something that would eat away at her and she would feel like she had failed. It's a flawed choice, because she's ultimately not thinking about her survival. She is thinking about what she set out to achieve and she is prepared to sacrifice herself for that.
To that end, do you think she was happy Jack threw her out the window? She doesn't seem the type that would have done well in prison.
Fairley: I think so. I think she's probably one of those people who, even if she had been captured, she probably has a cyanide pill sewn into her jacket somewhere. [Laughs] She wouldn't want to live after that. For her, it's all or nothing.
Did see the symmetry between this death and Catelyn Stark's death on Game of Thrones?
Fairley: It's coincidence really. It didn't go through my mind. She's a mother, she has kids. In retrospect, you can sit back and see the parallels. It just so happens that both of these [women] were played by me.
Interestingly, Catelyn has been in the news again. Have you been reading the Game of Thrones fans' furor about the exclusion of Lady Stoneheart from the show?
Fairley: No, I don't do any of the Internet stuff at all. I try to live in as free an Internet world as possible. I haven't seen any of that.