In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Nobody knows that mantra better than Cersei Lannister and now we know she’s one character nobody wants to mess with. After a series of explosive events in the Game of Thrones season 6 finale (one of the show’s greatest ever episodes, in our opinion), Cersei ascended to the Iron Throne and was crowned as the first female ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
It came at a price, of course, with her last child, King Tommen, killing himself in reaction to Cersei blowing up the Great Sept of Baelor and everyone inside it, including the High Sparrow and Margarey Tyrell.
After the episode aired, Entertainment Weekly spoke to Lena Headey about Cersei’s coronation and how it shapes season 7, with the imminent arrival of Daenerys to King’s Landing.
“Yes, the prophecy finally comes true, which is horrible. ” Headey said.
“Yet at the same time, she has her greatest moment of triumph. She gets rid of all her enemies, that she knows of anyway. Then there’s that moment where she goes to see dead Tommen and she thinks, “Ah. Well. I’ll [take the crown].” It’s so wrong.”
Headey revealed that she was grinning as she read the script for the finale episode and particularly enjoyed Cersei exacting revenge on Septa Unella, who had tortured her when the Queen Mother was imprisoned in season five while awaiting her trial.
“It’s so filthy. It’s so great. Everybody’s witnessed what happened with the two of them. I don’t think people will be able to help going, “Yes!” But it’s so depraved, it’s brilliant. The scene was meant to be worse, but they couldn’t do it. This is like the tame version. It’s pretty bad still though. I’d take being exploded in the Sept over that any day.”
Headey claimed she was in complete shock when she read Cersei ascending to the throne, but warning that it may be a fleeting reign, what with the brewing war and everything.
“I couldn’t believe it, obviously. I was really shocked. I read it like nine times, like, “You’re joking!” Then I’m left to wonder who’s going to take her down. She may only be there for a second. You do think, “What the f— comes next?” Then we start again to play that game we all play each season, “Who’s going to be on the Iron Throne next?”
“No [it won’t last long]. Surely not! Not a chance in hell. It’s a moment of punctuation in the madness.
Headey also discussed the inevitable reunion between Cersei and Tyrion, with her brother on board the ships alongside Daenerys.
“I’m as excited as anyone to get Cersei and Tyrion back together. It just works. Those two characters are so interesting because there’s so much hate, yet slight respect too. They’d kill each other if ever given the chance.
Finally, Headey explained that she doesn’t mind being killed off at some point, as long as it’s done in the right manner (blood-soaked, of course).
“No. I’ve always said that when it happens, as long as it’s kinda glorious and gory and it’s by the right person, which I think has to be Tyrion and Arya.
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