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Lena Headey Admits She Wanted a ‘Better Death’ for Cersei

We can't exactly blame her.


In case you thought the Game of Thrones disappointment train was over: here’s this. Actress Lena Headey is speaking out on her character’s dissatisfying demise in the series finale.

In an interview with The Guardian, Headey was asked her thoughts on the way everything went down. “I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.” Benioff and Weiss are the showrunners responsible for the show’s adaptation from George RR Martin’s books.
Headey didn’t go too into detail, but she did reveal that she wished her character, Cersei Lannister, had a “better death”. “I will say I wanted a better death,” the 45-year-old actress said. “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.”
We can’t exactly blame her for her disapproval. Of all the creative deaths the show has come up with, Cersei meeting her end in a pile of rubble with her twin brother and unborn child feels rather uninspired.
Cersei was nearly killed by Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams), which would have bee far more satisfying for both ladies. Williams previously told Entertainment Weekly that she wished her character had followed through on her plan to kill Cersei.

“I wanted Arya to kill Cersei even if it means [Arya] dies too,” Williams said. “Even up to the point when Cersei’s with Jaime I thought, ‘He’s going to whip off his face [and reveal its Arya]’ and they’re both going to die. I thought that’s what Arya’s drive has been.”

Considering that Arya’s father died at the hands of Cersei’s son, this ending would have made sense, but alas, Game of Thrones creators had other plans.