Just because “Game of Thrones” is over and done with doesn’t mean that both fans and stars of the show are ready to stop talking about its polarizing conclusion.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lena Headey, aka everyone’s favorite evil queen Cersei Lannister, explained that she was less than satisfied with her character’s final arc. Her story ended with Cersei largely being taken out of the action, relegated to drinking wine while staring out the window, and ultimately dying alongside her twin brother/lover Jaime. The two were crushed by falling rubble.
Needless to say, fans were upset that Cersei, who was ostensibly set up to be our heroes’ last obstacle, went out with a whimper, not a bang. Turns out, the woman who played her wasn’t too keen on her ending either.
When asked by The Guardian if she agreed with the criticisms of the final season, Headey was diplomatic, but also made it quite clear she wasn’t 100% satisfied. “I invested as a viewer and I have my favorite 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 said. “I will say I wanted a better death.”
It’s not the first time Headey has expressed some disappointment with the show’s last season. She and Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, also wished that their characters had been given a final showdown after a series-long feud simmering between the two.
Overall, though, Headey understood that the ending of the show was never going to be universally liked. “Obviously you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted,” she said. “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.”