‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey On That Explosive Season Finale: ‘I Couldn’t Believe It’


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Following the literally explosive events in the “Game of Thrones” season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister finds herself sitting atop the Iron Throne. Sure, it may have cost the life of her last remaining child, not to mention half of King’s Landing’s nobility, but what’s done is done. Will Cersei feel at peace with the outcome or will Tommen’s death gnaw at her? How long will she remain the ruler of Westeros? We may not have specific answers to these questions just yet, but Headey is willing to provide some much-needed insight after everything that went down in the finale.

“I couldn’t believe it, obviously,” Headey told Entertainment Weekly when asked about her reaction to Cersei’s conclusion this season. “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?’

So does Headey think Cersei will remain on the Iron Throne for a while?

“No. Surely not!” she said. “Not a chance in hell. It’s a moment of punctuation in the madness.”

Unfortunately for Cersei, the lifespan of those who have sat the Iron Throne is shockingly short. But that doesn’t seem to worry Headey very much.

“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…”

“Game of Thrones” is scheduled to return to HBO for a seventh season in 2017.