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“I wanted a better death for Cersei”, says actress Lena Headey



Game of Thrones has never really gone for fairness. We saw the most honourable man on the show, Ned Stark, die a traitor’s death after all. However, with the Game of Thrones finale, many fans complained that the deaths could have been better, and Lena Headey agrees. In a recent interview, he said she wanted a better death for her character, Cersei Lannister. Read on!

Talking to The Guardian recently, Headey talked about the finale and her character’s death. Starting off, she was asked if the universal praise for her character made her doubt her acting abilities less. Headey replied:

“No, it makes me doubt myself more. Because you think they must be fucking lying.”

She continued:

“You have to push away the voice that goes, ‘You’re fucking shit, mate’, which is really hard some days.”

Talking about the negative reception of the final season, Headey said:

“I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”

Headey was then asked what she would say to the showrunners when that does happen, to which she replied:

“I will say I wanted a better death.”

Talking about Cersei and Jaime’s death that occurs, quite anti-climatically with a bunch of bricks falling on them, Headey said:

“Obviously you dream of your death. 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.”

Headey also revealed that while she used to get emotional after wrapping on a project earlier in her career, Game of Thrones didn’t hit her that hard and that she is in a group chat with the rest of the cast:

“We’re all on a giant WhatsApp group which is a daily pile-on. It’s hilarious. You can tell who’s been drinking on that one.”

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