'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey had mixed feelings about Cersei's fate: 'I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody'
The reign of evil queen Cersei is finally over. The penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' saw Cersei Lannister perish to death by getting crushed in Red Keep’s cellars as the structure collapsed under Daenerys’ dragon attack. Call it poetic justice if you will, but Cersei died with her unborn child while embracing her brother and lover Jaime Lannister under the very fortress that she worked so hard to save.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the character’s final moments, Headey said that her death scene with Jaime in the Red Keep prompted a "mixed" reaction from her initially. “She starts off in this final season trapped in a web of her own making, as is usual with Cersei,” she said.
“She’s desperately unhappy and everything that’s happened becomes more real than it ever has for her. She starts to lose control of the situation. She’s destroyed every good alliance, connection, love in her life — she was always destined to be alone. And until the very, very last minute, she is, as ever, in denial of what’s actually happening.”
However, the actress thought that Cersei wouldn't really go down without at least a fight. "I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody," she explained. "(But) the more we talked about it, the more it seemed like the perfect end for her. They came into the world together and now they leave together."
Speaking about the way Cersei and Jaime meet their end, Headey said, "I think the important thing is that Jaime had a chance at freedom [with Brienne] and finally liberated himself from Cersei. 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."
According to the actress, in that last moment, staring at her brother, waiting for the end, “It’s maybe the first time that Cersei has been at peace.” When filming those last scenes, Headey says she was surprised by her co-star Nikolaj Waldau’s sentimentality. “I told Nikolaj, ‘I’ve never seen you so sweet and sentimental.’ And he’s all, ‘What’s happening to me?’ We kept cuddling going ‘I love you.’ It was weird."
She further explained the reason behind their sentimental exchange, saying: "There’s a sense of loss that nothing like this will ever happen again. There was a great sense of grief and an enormous amount of gratitude going on.”
During the interview, the talented actress also picked out some of her favorite moments from the show over the years. She revealed, “Those early scenes with Tyrion where you saw their relationship develop. The stuff with Sophie early on. Everything that shaped these characters. The scene where she tells her father that her and Jaime were lovers. We had some great stuff. I love the juicy dark emotional moments.”