Lena Headey Says Last Night’s Game of Thrones Was So Perfect for Cersei


Warning: This story incorporates spoilers for Recreation of Thrones.

Cersei Lannister’s final scene within the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones ended with the queen dying in the arms of her twin brother and lover Jaime, crushed by the crumbling partitions of the Crimson Preserve, as Daenerys, Drogon, and her troops wrecked havoc on King’s Touchdown.

For Lena Headey, who performed the mercurial ruler for entirety of the favored HBO sequence, nevertheless, the comparatively tame method Cersei left the Seven Kingdoms in episode 5 initially gave her “mixed” emotions. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she revealed that she “wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody.”

After Headey mentioned the scene with co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who performs Jaime, they each agreed that Cersei’s last demise was very becoming.

“The more we talked about it the more it seemed like the perfect end for her,” Headey mentioned. “They came into the world together and now they leave together.”

“I think the important thing is that Jaime had a chance at freedom [with Brienne] and finally liberated himself from Cersei, which I think the audience will be thrilled about,” Headey mentioned. “I think the biggest surprise is he came back for her. Cersei realizes just how she loves him and just how much he loves her. It’s the most authentic connection she’s ever had. Ultimately they belong together.”

In truth, Headey mentioned she discovered closure in Cersei and Jaime’s second collectively earlier than the Crimson Preserve tumbles.

“It’s maybe the first time that Cersei has been at peace.”

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.


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