Lena Headey Opens up About Her Character’s Fate in Game of Thrones

Spoiler warning for Episode 8.05 of Game of Thrones!

Game of Thrones’ latest episode saw a massacre, with both major and minor characters departing from the show as the battle raged in the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Among them, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Andals, Cersei Lannister herself met her end, as well as her brother and lover Jamie.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, actress Lena Headey discussed what her character did in that last episode. Furthermore, she delved into her denial of reality.

She starts off in this final season trapped in a web of her own making, as is usual with Cersei,” Headey said. “She’s desperately unhappy and everything that’s happened becomes more real than it ever has for her. She starts to lose control of the situation. She’s destroyed every good alliance, connection, love in her life — she was always destined to be alone. And until the very, very last minute, she is, as ever, in denial of what’s actually happening.

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Then the actress revealed that she felt the character she played for 8 years left the scene with a “perfect end”.

The more we talked about it the more it seemed like the perfect end for her,” Headey added. “They came into the world together and now they leave together. I think the important thing is that Jaime had a chance at freedom [with Brienne] and finally liberated himself from Cersei, which I think the audience will be thrilled about. I think the biggest surprise is he came back for her. Cersei realizes just how she loves him and just how much he loves her. It’s the most authentic connection she’s ever had. Ultimately they belong together.

Game of Thrones’ final episode airs Sunday, May 19. Do you feel that the end of Cersei Lannister’s storyline was perfect? Tell us your thoughts about it in the comments section below.