Cersei Lannister Suffered A Traumatic Miscarriage In Game Of Thrones – But The Scene Was Cut

Lena Headey spoke about how disappointed she was with her characters development

Cersei Lannister

by Georgia Aspinall |

It’s no secret that many of us were disappointed with the character arcs of our Game of Thrones faves in the final two seasons, not least the cast members themselves. And this week, Lena Headey has spoken out about her character Cersei's final storylines – and the things we never got to see.

In an interview with The Wrap, Lena Headey revealed that she actually filmed scenes she thinks would have given her character of Cersei more depth towards her end, one of which was a traumatic miscarriage.

‘We shot a scene that never made it into Season 7 which was where I lose the baby and it was a really traumatic, great moment for Cersei,’ she said, ‘and it never made it in and I kind of loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently.’

Revealing last week to The Guardian that she also wanted a ‘better death’ for Cersei, she has spoken about her character arc multiple times, telling Entertainment Weekly last month that she wished Cersei could have had a ‘big piece or fight with somebody’.

The miscarriage scene itself could have been a profound moment in the show, a chance to show how truly traumatising the experience can be given how much taboo still revolves around it in today’s society. How it could have informed viewers perception of her, and the subsequent way she dealt with it, seems like a missed opportunity for the writers.

While Lena has said she warmed up to her narrative after talking with her co-star, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played her brother/lover Jaime Lannister, it seems she is one of many Game of Thrones cast members that had to be persuaded round to season seven and eight’s scripts. Emilia Clarke has said her ending ‘f*cked her up’, with Kit Harrington agreeing it was ‘disappointing’ and Joe Dempsie saying the writers abandoned character development for shock value in the last two seasons.

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Conleth Hill too, who played Varys, said he was ‘frustrated’ for season seven and eight, telling Entertainment Weekly, ‘It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge. I can’t complain because it’s six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons. But that’s when it changed for me a little.’

Alas, we’ve had two long months to move on from the disappointment that was the Game of Thrones finale, here’s hoping we one day get a prequel that sees George R.R Martin return as writer to give the characters, and cast members, a narrative they truly deserve.

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