Lena Headey had 'mixed' reaction to 'Game of Thrones' exit

Toby Graves
May 15, 2019

The latest episode of the eighth season titled "The Bells", aired on Sunday night in the U.S., saw Daenerys Targaryen - titled "Khaleesi" or queen - order her dragons to incinerate the town of Kings Landing, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children.

Now, after embracing that side of her personality, the aftermath will be faced as she prepares to take over. In Jaime's arms, huddled deep beneath the Red Keep, Cersei and her twin were crushed by falling debris provided courtesy of Daenerys Targaryen, who was rampaging through the city above.

On Sunday, Queen Cersei finally went into battle against her nemesis Daenerys Targaryen in The Bells, the penultimate episode of the long-running HBO drama.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, actress Lena Headey discussed what her character did in that last episode.

But frankly, the reasons for such a sharp turn in her character are still a tad bit unclear. I knew it would be the same for people who supported Missandei and connected with her story. According to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss though, there's a good explanation for why Dany did what she did. "Jaime Lannister magically has his right hand, in last night's episode of #GameOfThrones..." "She's very much alone now and that's risky for someone who's got so much power". "I still love her name, I have very fond memories because of that name, because of how attached I have been to this series".

Benioff explained that Danaerys chose violence and "a Targaryen choosing violence is a pretty bad thing". "Her rage really came through and that's something I was happy to see". "So, at the very time when she needs guidance and those kind of close friendships and advice the most, everyone's gone", he adds.

Spoiler warning for Episode 8.05 of Game of Thrones! "The more we talked about it the more it seemed like the flawless end for her", she sighed to Entertainment Weekly, explaining that she changed her mind after discussing the final moments with co-star Coster-Waldau.

Except for her teary, emotional reunion with Jaime and the burden of her imminent death, Cersei has spent most of this season looking smug, glowering and drinking wine on a balcony. I wanted them to live happily ever after'.

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