Lena Headey was 'gutted' by Cersei's death in 'Game of Thrones'

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones (Credit: HBO)

The demise of the brilliantly awful Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones was so anti-climactic that many fan theories mused that she couldn't actually be dead.

Crushed with her brother/lover Jaime under the falling rubble of the Red Keep, as Daenerys razed Kings Landing to ashes, it was not quite the poetic justice she deserved.

Couple that with not actually seeing 'the body' – it was often the case that unless you saw the actual lifeless corpse of a character on the show, there was every chance they weren't actually dead – and many fans refused to believe it that was how it all wound up.

Many fans and Lena Headey, too.

Speaking to The Guardian, she explained that she had issues with how the death of Cersei played out.

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“I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet,” she said.

Lena Headey attends a special screening of "The Flood" at The Curzon Mayfair on June 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

Asked what she plans to say to them, she added: “I will say I wanted a better death. Obviously you dream of your death. 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.”

Headey, who appeared in all but 11 episodes of the show's run, has previously mentioned how she'd have like to have gone out.

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She told Entertainment Weekly: “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody. [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.”

Headey can next be seen in The Flood, in which she plays a hardened immigration officer who is offered a high-profile asylum case, judged on her ability to quickly and clinically reject applicants.

The Flood is in UK cinemas and on demand from Friday 21 June.