Whatever you do, DON’T click through if you don’t want to know about a MAJOR plot point coming on Game of Thrones!
The absolutely brilliant Lena Heady sat down to talk with Moviefone about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones and about her character, Cersei Lannister.
In the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, Cersei’s numerous machinations, both political and sexual, finally catch up with her and she is forced to do a Penance Walk, in which her head is shaved and she is stripped naked and forced to walk across King’s Landing through jeering crowds. With the show’s producers freely reordering events from the books for the series, I asked Headey if she’ll take that little stroll this season.
“I think that’s going to be next season,” she speculated, adding that she is quite aware of what the Penance Walk entails and has spoken about it with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“We talk about it a lot because I love her… you kind of grab David and Dan and you’re like, ‘What are you thinking?’ And they love to tease you. They love to wind you up. Sometimes you think, ‘oh, they’re being serious,’ because it’s terrifying.”
As for how she expects the Penance Walk will be handled, Headey said she thinks it will be staged in typically “raw” fashion.
“I think, you know, it’s interesting, that part for me. I’ve been very adamant about keeping her kind of clothed because I think that’s part of her power. And she can still be sort of sexual and weird and female, but she doesn’t have to be naked. And I think it makes for a more shocking disempowering moment when this happens. So, we’ll see. I’m a little scared.”