While some were thrilled that Cersei Lannister had to die nearly alone and in fear with no ceremony on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ others feel that she should have died as she had lived, in spectacle. Actress Lena Headey, who portrayed the queen we loved to hate for eight seasons, has made it clear that she agrees with that decision. She has previously stated that she had “mixed” feelings about her character’s death but now is making it clear that she feels Cersei’s death should have had something more to it.
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According to Headey:
“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.”
The climb of ratings and high expectations from the series almost reminds me of my favorite quote from Littlefinger, the now infamous line from the first season:
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
It is hard for anyone to finish the climb when it comes to epic television, and very few shows have been able to pull off an ending that satisfies everyone. “It isn’t the destination but the journey” holds very true to these epic narratives which have been developed for television in recent years.
It will be interesting to see if Cersei’s death remains the same in the final chapter of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ novels.
Do you agree with Lena Headey that Cersei Lannister should have had a more significant death on ‘Game of Thrones’ or do you think that dying nearly alone and anonymous without any fanfare was a worse way to go for the character? Share your thoughts in the comments below!