Lena Headey Wanted Cersei to Have a Better Ending in ‘Game of Thrones’


In case you haven’t caught the end of Game of Thrones, be aware that there are spoilers ahead.

The very polarising final season of the television phenomenon that was Game of Thrones saw fans say goodbye to a large number of the show’s characters. Among them was arguably the show’s most important villain, Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey.

After so many evil deeds and a role that saw her, in one way or another, pulling the strings on some of GoT‘s most shocking turns, you’d be forgiven for wanting Cersei to get a better comeuppance than death by rubble. Alas, that’s what happened. A pregnant Cersei and her lover from the same mother, Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), embraced and were crushed by a collapsing Red Keep.

“I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes,” Headey has said in an interview with The Guardian, explaining her thoughts on the show’s final chapter. “But I haven’t sat down drunkly with [showrunnrers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”

So, what would she tell them after a few drinks?

“I will say I wanted a better death.”

Headey said she was “gutted” on reading Cersei’s outcome in the script, but does point out that it would have been impossible to please everyone. Which is true, but c’mon… rubble!

“Obviously you dream of your death,” Headey said. “You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”

Big comedown, indeed. Despite the massive ratings, Game of Thrones culminated with what was widely believed to be a sharp drop in quality – an opinion shared by both the critics and general audiences. The final season is by far the show’s lowest rated on Rotten Tomatoes, for example, with a 58% Tomatometer and an oh-so low audience score of 33%. Yep, critics were a little more forgiving this time around.

A GoT prequel series, starring Naomi Watts, is currently in the works.



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