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Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey “Wanted a Better Death”

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Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey "Wanted a Better Death"

Even as the discontentment over Game of Thrones ’ final season cools , members of the show’s own cast continue to voice their disappointment. Several stars from the blockbuster HBO production predicted the six-episode conclusion would be divisive, and now that the dust around King’s Landing has settled, Lena Headey is joining their ranks.

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You’re warned of Game of Thrones spoilers from here on out, but Season 8’s mad dash to the finish appreciably short-changed a number of narrative arcs, and included ignominious deaths for major characters. One such end was for Headey’s Cersei Lannister, who concluded a season spent scowling from the rafters of the Red Keep by retreating from Daenerys’ attack, and cowering in her brother-lover Jaime ( Nikolaj Coster-Waldau )’s arms as the basement crumbled on top of them

Headey put her all into the moment, lending a vulnerability and fear to the widowed queen that countered her usual icy smug, but the circumstances of her character’s death—as well as Jaime’s—were a far cry from the theatrical vindication fans had envisioned. The same was evidently true for Headey, who told The Guardian that she may one day vent her disappointment to writer-creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

“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 David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet,” she noted. Benioff and Weiss famously declared they’d be “ drunk and very far from the internet ” upon the finale’s airing, and Headey may add to their rationale for staying hidden: “I will say I wanted a better death.”

Courtesy of HBO. “Obviously you dream of your death,” she continued, acknowledging that the show’s manic end was bound to have detractors. “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 has voiced her discomfort before. The series’ final six episodes largely relegated her character to brief scenes of plotting with Euron Greyjoy ( Pilou Asbæk ) or Qyburn ( Anton Lesser ), and Headey told Entertainment Weekly “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody,” rather than become an inadvertent victim of Daenerys’ assault. She changed her mind after co-star Coster-Waldau reminded her of the poetry of their dying in one another’s arms. “They came into the world together and now they leave together,” she recalled. “It’s maybe the first time that Cersei has been at peace.”

Hopefully, Lena gives her ex-bosses an earful about that whole “valonqar” thing , too. We don’t do this for our health

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