The ‘Game of Thrones’ cast and crew share tributes to Diana Rigg following her death at 82

  • Dame Diana Rigg died at age 82 after being diagnosed with cancer in March. 
  • She was most recently known as Lady Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns, in HBO's "Game of Thrones."
  • Rigg's costars and the HBO crew have been remembering her on Instagram and Twitter.
  • The "Game of Thrones" set photographer Helen Still shared touching behind-the-scenes photos of Rigg with her costars.
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Dame Diana Rigg, whose long career was recently capped with her role of Olenna Tyrell in HBO's "Game of Thrones," died at age 82. The actress died peacefully in her sleep, after being diagnosed with cancer in March, according to the BBC.

Rigg's "Game of Thrones" costars have been sharing their photos and memories of her on Instagram and Twitter, honoring the late actress's work and character. 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau remembers what 'an absolute joy and honor' it was to work with Rigg

"Dame Diana Rigg. She always raised the bar with her incredible talent, intelligence and wit," Coster-Waldau wrote. "An absolute joy and honor to work with. May her soul Rest In Peace."

Coster-Waldau starred opposite Rigg as Jaime Lannister and was present for her final (and incredible) scene in "Game of Thrones" — when Olenna drank a goblet full of poison and then confessed to murdering King Joffrey.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Diana Rigg filming her final scene of "Game of Thrones."
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Set photographer Helen Sloan shared an album of new behind-the-scenes photos of Rigg, including one of her laughing with Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) between takes

"Dame Diana — an absolute masterclass in how to take no [s—] from anyone," Sloan wrote in the caption. "You were hilarious on set. So quick witted. You had some really kind words of support — which were so appreciated. Always fun to watch the back and forward between you and Charles Dance, Lena Headey and Jonathan Price. Again — can't believe we got to work with you for so long. A proper treat."

John Bradley-West says everyone knew that Rigg 'was just wonderful'

Bradley-West (who played Samwell Tarly) mourned the sad news on Twitter.

'Game of Thrones' writer and executive producer Bryan Cogman shared his memory of the first time he saw Rigg act out a scene he had written

"She nailed that line too, despite it being an absurd line for any actor to have to utter," Cogman continued in the thread. "She was a goddamn pro. And I'm so proud we were able to expose her incredible talent to younger audiences who might not have discovered her yet. And, again, so honored. Rest In Peace, milady."

Cogman also encouraged "Game of Thrones" fans to seek out Rigg's work in past movies and TV shows, including "The Avengers" and "The Great Muppet Caper."

Pedro Pascal called Rigg 'the true queen of Westeros' in his Instagram post

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The true queen of Westeros. #DianaRigg

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Pascal (Oberyn Martell) shared several scenes with Rigg in the fourth season of "Game of Thrones." Though Olenna was never a literal queen in the show, her nickname in Westeros was the Queen of Thorns — a reference to her sharp wit and knack for cutting remarks.

Liam Cunningham said Rigg was a 'wonderful and enormously talented human being'

Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) joined the many people on Twitter who mourned Rigg's death, remembering her as remarkable and talented.

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