After eight seasons, Cersei Lannister is dead. She was crushed in the tunnels beneath King’s Landing after Dany went full-DRACARYS on everything and everyone.
Toxic from day dot and love-hated by us mere fans, Cersei died in the arms of her lover and brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who was also presumably flattened.
Cersei’s last words: “Don’t let me die. Please don’t let me die. I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die. Not like this. Not like this. Not like this.”
And look, same. It was a surprising, incredibly humane ending for the twisted leader.
Some fans were a little (very) disappointed.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about her character’s demise, the brilliant Lena Headey first broke down Cersei’s journey in season eight.
She starts off in this final season trapped in a web of her own making, as is usual with Cersei.
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.
The ending initially elicited a “mixed” reaction from the actor who had wanted Cersei “to have some big piece or fight with somebody.”
But after she discussed the scene at length with Coster-Waldau, Headey decided “it seemed like the perfect end for her.”
She added: “They came into the world together and now they leave together.”
The actor also talked about Jaime’s character development throughout season eight, particularly when he “liberated” himself from Cersei… for those few episodes.
“I think the biggest surprise is he came back for her,” she said. “Cersei realises 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.”
In Cersei’s very last moments with Jaime, Headey said: “It’s maybe the first time that Cersei has been at peace.”
You can read Headey’s full interview with Entertainment Weekly, HERE. 10/10 recommend.