Connect with us


Lena Headey describes shooting Septa Unella's 'waterboarding' scene on 'Game of Thrones' as a ‘really tough day'




True horrors reside within the deepest corners of the twisted human mind. Game of Thrones gave us a glimpse of what torture meant in the medieval period. Fans of the show still get flooded by the memories of Cersei’s torture whenever they hear the word ‘Shame’. And how can anyone forget the dreadful character behind that voice, Septa Unella, played by Hannah Waddingham. About a month ago, Waddingham confessed her waterboarding scene was the second-worst experience of her life. Recently, in an interview with Insider, Lena Headey (Cersei) shared her thoughts about the scene.

Lena explained, “She had a really s—t time doing that scene. I adore Hannah, she’s one of my favourite humans.”

Headey chalks up shooting that specific scene to the need of the production to be “authentic,” but admits it was a “really, really tough day. ”

“People have different limits,” she said. “People will go to different places. And some people will be like, ‘I don’t want to f—ing put myself in that position.’ I totally respect whatever your boundaries are, but Hannah was a trooper. That was a long day of prune juice in your face.”

Headey admitted to Insider that at a certain point while shooting the scene she purposely stopped aiming towards Waddingham’s mouth when she poured the wine.

“I was like, I’m just going to do a light salad dressing drizzle around her nun’s wimple,” she said.

Lena and Hannah are really good friends in real life. What do you think of the waterboarding scene? Tell us in the comments below!


There are some roles that an artist is said to be born for. When you look at a story, you read about a character, you picture in your mind who would be perfect for that role. Game of Thrones was famous for its on-point casting. Actress Emilia Clarke was perfect as the Mother of Dragons. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she made it clear Daenerys is still a part of her.


The actress said, “It’s had a lasting impact on my life, and it starts to become, like, “Hey guys, remember when we were in college?” Hey, remember the fourth grade?” (Laughs.) You start to see it from that point of view. Daenerys has a part of my heart. She is in there, and I’ll never forget. I can’t remember who I was talking to, but they were like, “Oh my God, when you say ‘she,’ you’re talking about Daenerys (Laughs.)”

“And I was like, “Yeah! Because she’s a whole person. She’s got her own life that I explore.” So I think that there’s the show, the impact of the show, the impact of the show on me, personally and professionally, and the zeitgeist-iness of it. And then there’s Daenerys. So that’s my own private little space that I don’t need to make peace with because it’s just a beautiful memory. It’s just a beautiful memory.”

Emilia gets why people were mad about the Game of Thrones finale. How would you have wanted the story to end? Tell us in the comments below!


Game of Thrones Season 8 wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The season finale divided the fan base into two. One was satisfied with the ending, the other demanded a season remake. Some blamed the absence of George R. R. Martin’s next instalment of books. While some blamed the showrunners’ piqued interest to launch a Star Wars feature film trilogy with Disney’s Lucasfilm. Even the show’s alum Emilia Clarke gets why fans were f**king p***ed about the final episode. After all, she deeply cared about her character, Daenerys, who wasn’t treated well by the showrunners. However, she has come to terms with it.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she spoke about whether or not she was able to “make peace with everything” since the final episode. She said, “I really have. I really, really, really have. I think it’ll take me to my 90s to be able to objectively see what Game of Thrones was, because there’s just too much me in it. (Laughs.) I have too many emotional reactions for what Emilia, herself, was experiencing at that moment in time when we were filming it. You know what I mean? I watch a scene and I go, “Oh, that was when [such and such] happened,” which you didn’t see on screen.”

“And I think there’s something timely about the prequels and the continuation of the Game of Thrones story coming about now. I look at it and I’m like, “Wow, yeah.” So I see it with only peace.”

Have you made your peace with the Game of Thrones finale like Emilia Clarke? Talk to us in the comments below!


Game of Thrones had one of the most breath-taking set designs and SFX effects in all of television history. The showrunners, cast, and crew members left no stone unturned to make the show the most remarkable TV series the audience had ever seen. 10 years ago, Daenerys walked out of flames unharmed carrying her baby dragons. It remains one of the most iconic scenes in television history, establishing Daenerys as Mother of Dragons. It wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of a London-based special effects company called BlueBolt Ltd., which was founded by Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor.

“I think we all knew once we got going that this was something special as a TV show – there was such a build-up in the scripts, which were gripping to read, to be honest,” Ainsworth-Taylor recently told Pop Culture. “The Dragons were highly anticipated so even for us creating them, seeing them come alive in the post was very exciting. However, no one could have realised that the show was going to be such a global phenomenon.”

“I am glad I went in as naïve as I did because there is no other way to describe the prep period other than being brutal!” Ainsworth-Taylor said. “We shot out of order so started on Episodes 3 and 4 then came back to Episodes 1 and 2 – I think getting your head around the locations, characters and more importantly the pace we galloped out of the gate was mind-blowing. The crew on Season 1 were exceptional. We had a brilliant collaboration working closely with Gemma Jackson and her art department which was one of the highlights.”

🔥🐉 Embark on a journey through Westeros with our Game of Thrones themed games – 🔡Hodordle | 🐲 Flappy Dragon or you can use our Valyrian Dictionary and Dothraki Dictionary to learn new works. You can also interact with fans of the show on our Discord group🔥🐉

Even the sound effects were so spot on, music composer Ramin Jawadi has been called in to score for House of The Dragon. Do you think the SFX on the prequel show will be as good as Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comments below!


If you have any important filming news about House of the Dragon, or if you want to collaborate with us or want to write for us, please drop us a message here.


Founder at Wiki of Thrones and a full-time Game of Thrones fan who does other work when he has finished reading and writing about Game of Thrones and also dreams about playing a role in the show.