Game of Thrones star Lena Headey reveals she was "gutted" by Cersei Lannister's death scene.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 18, 2019

Lena Headey, who played the evil and sensual Cersei Lannister, in the HBO drama Game of Thrones, has admitted that if she had an alcoholic drink she would tell the show’s creators: “I wanted a better death.”

Lena Headey, who is promoting an independent UK film The Flood, has been quiet on the heavily scrutinised and criticised final series of Game of Thrones.

She did not attend the series premiere of Game of Thrones in New York and did not speak to the media after her character Cersei was unceremoniously killed in the Red Keep, crushed by falling masonry in the arms of her lover and brother Jamie Lannister, in the controversial penultimate episode of the final season.

“I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters,” Lena Headey told The Guardian.

“And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) yet.”

Lena Headey Lena Headey. Photo: Deadline Hollywood, Twitter.

Benioff and Weiss adapted George RR Martin’s books and made one of the world’s most popular TV series. The final Game of Thrones series was all their own work.

When asked what she’d to the show’s creators with a drink in her, Headey replied: “I will say I wanted a better death.”

“Obviously you dream of your death,” she 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.”

Since Game of Thrones ended, some of the cast have been on the merry-go-round of endless late-night chat shows. Kit Harrington, who played Jon Snow, checked himself into rehab in Connecticut, New England.

Headey made The Flood and is now working on a film Gunpowder Milkshake, directed by Navot Papushado.

Lena Headey in The Flood. Photo: Megatopia Films Lena Headey, who plays Wendy, with her Game of Thrones co-star Iain Glen (Philip) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Haile) in The Flood. Photo: Megatopia Films.

She said she keeps in touch with the “Throners”.

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