Lena Headey reflects on Cersei Lannister's arc in 'Game of Thrones'

Lena Headey reflects on Cersei Lannister's arc in 'Game of Thrones'

Darren Sullivan
May 14, 2019

Arya has seen the many faces of death, and she murdered death incarnate to save the world from darkness, but even she couldn't believe the horror Daenerys unleashed on King's Landing.

"It's the most authentic connection she's ever had", she continued.

However, after Daenerys depletes the Golden Company soldiers with dragon fire, and the bells ring out for surrender, the mother of dragons seems to crack and she destroys nearly the entirety of the capital.

As Daenerys has turned into the Mad Queen, it seems it will only be a matter of time before one of her own people turn against her to prevent her from creating more bloodshed. "And until the very, very last minute, she is, as ever, in denial of what's actually happening". Cersei managed to outwit her enemies time and time again on the acclaimed drama series. Trapped in an underground passageway, emotional but resigned to their doomed fate, Jaime uttered his final words to Cersei as the walls around them collapsed: "Nothing else matters, only us".

The show has been heavily foreshadowing a version of Dany who follows in her father, the "Mad" King Aerys Targaryen's footsteps.

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"I think the biggest surprise is he came back for her", she said, referencing Jamie's swift exit from Winterfell after sleeping with Brienne.

She burned most of the city and did indeed bring the Dothraki and Unsullied, who showed no mercy, despite the Lannister and Golden Company's surrender.

"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 said. "Ultimately they belong together".

Eagle-eyed viewers took to social media to do what they do best lately - pound out keyboard cries of outrage aimed at show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. "There was a great sense of grief and an enormous amount of gratitude going on". Even if Cersei were the type to forgive, this would be a pretty difficult one to get over, but she is not, and decides to go harder to avenge her daughter. Whatever you think of it all, Daenerys' recent actions are likely to change the finale's outcome considerably.