Lena Headey Says She Wanted A "Better Death" For Cersei
Sounds like the star was a bit crushed with how her character ended up.
The final season of 'Game of Thrones' was divisive, to say the least. Each week fans were debating how the show's creators -- David Benioff and DB Weiss -- had tackled wrapping up what was arguably the biggest show of the last decade.
Now, one of the show's own stars has admitted even she wasn't thrilled with how things ended for her character.
Speaking to 'The Guardian', Lena Headey said she had her "own gripes" with the way Benioff and Weiss wrapped things up, adding, "I haven't sat down drunkly [sic] with David and Dan yet."
The biggest issue Headey had with season eight of the HBO series was obviously centred on her own character of Cersei Lannister.
"I will say I wanted a better death."
Fans of the show will remember in the second-last episode of the series, Cersei was reunited with her twin brother/lover Jaime who attempted to escape via the crypts of King's Landing only to find themselves trapped, and ultimately crushed by debris.
There was so much build-up with Cersei positioned as the villain Danerys would have to overcome to take the throne, only to have it all come down to poor Westeros infrastructure.
"Obviously you dream of your death," Headey told 'The Guardian', "You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted."
Still, Headey admitted the job Benioff and Weiss had to do was not an easy one, with each episode in the eighth season often breaking viewership records.
"I think they couldn't have pleased everyone," she mused. "No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb."
While some of the cast also said the series ending had profound effects on them -- Kit Harington went into a wellness retreat and Sophie Turner spoke at length about the mental health tolls the job took -- Headey had a much more cavalier attitude.
"When I was much younger I would weep every time I ended a job," she said, "and I would take everybody’s phone number, every single person I’d ever said hello to, because it had been such an intense experience. And then you get older and you have more of those experiences and they become less intense."
While Headey has been in the biz for a while, some of the other cast were barely teens when 'Game of Thrones' first began.
"I think the guys who grew up on that show," Headey said, "probably formed really deep friendships that will carry them through. But most of us have our own kids. If kids don’t balance you, then nothing does."
Still, according to Headey, she still keeps in touch with the cast via a WhatsApp group. "It's hilarious," she said, "You can tell who's been drinking on that one."
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