Game of Thrones premiere: Lena Headey had misgivings about Cersei’s Euron decision

<em>Game of Thrones</em> premiere: Lena Headey had misgivings about Cersei’s Euron decision

Cersei Lannister wasn’t the only 1 unwilling to slumber with the loathsome Euron Greyjoy.

Actress Lena Headey, who plays the cruel self-appointed queen of Westeros, was equally challenging to encourage that her character would agree to bed to the bullying pirate.

In the Sport of Thrones year 8 premiere, Euron has manufactured excellent on his guarantee to provide the Queen in King’s Landing the Golden Corporation mercenaries with its troops and horses (no elephants though, a great deal to her disappointment*). The formidable Euron wants additional — sexual intercourse with Cersei, to be specific. His demand from customers is partly out of lust, partly to edge himself closer to the Iron Throne. Cersei originally refuses (“You want a queen? Make her.”), But just after hearing Euron’s mix of veiled threats and roguish attraction, she agrees. The viewer assumes Cersei feels like she simply cannot afford to pay for to risk getting rid of Euron as ally if she goes to war with Daenerys.

“I stored saying, ‘She wouldn’t, she would not, that she would preserve preventing,’” Headey tells EW. “But [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] definitely know what they’re executing and ended up adamant Cersei would do what she had to do.”

Euron actor Pilou Asbaek additional that the matter was talked about rather a bit at the rear of the scenes. “Cersei has only been with two men and women through the entire series — the unwanted fat king and her brother,” he points out. “We had a lot of discussions. Would it be out of character for her to be with Greyjoy for power? We discussed it so much that we just about ended up heading, ‘Maybe it’s too a lot.’ Then we made the decision to check out it out and see if it is effective. From time to time you have to clearly show distinct sides of a character. You have to shock oneself as an actor but you also have to shock on your own as a character.”

Headey said that just after she arrived about to carrying out the scene, she uncovered a practical perspective on it. “There’s a thing to engage in in all of it,” Headey stated. “Cerise is these types of the greatest survivor in all of this. She refuses to fall to her knees. She goes to the area where by she does not want to go, which would make it far more impressive unfortunate since of who she’s not with.” (That means Jaime.)

Asbaek jokingly added that he was unwilling as well, if only simply because he was worried about filming in the buff. “I consider Dan and David just needed to see me bare,” he quips. ”I was against it because I’m 50 % French, which means I’m half Yeti. I obtained the European look, you know what I mean? I do not search like a person who’s heading to get the Tour de France and has shaved his overall body considering that he was 14.”

After sleeping with Euron, Cersei looks like she was not solely displeased (“you’re not monotonous, I’ll give you that”) but didn’t want Greyjoy to stick close to either. Euron also manufactured a reference to hoping to get Cersei pregnant, but viewers know she currently secretly is (with a different kid from Jaime). Supporters mentioned Cersei was ingesting wine all over again, on the other hand, and have puzzled how actual her being pregnant is.

Extra Match of Thrones premiere protection:


— Kit Harington reveals accurately what Jon was considering when he acquired his parentage


Obtained author Dave Hill breaks down the massive moments


— EW’s deep-dive recap


— Season 8 episode two trailer and new credits

*War elephants can be outfitted with spikes and these and used towards a cavalry these as the Dothraki.

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