Thrones fans all loved to hate Septa Unella just a little bit. When her fate was sealed, it was poetic in a way. However the Game of Thrones actress who played Unella has spoken about how horrible it was to film those scenes. Hannah Waddingham also says that the original script was supposed to see her raped instead of tortured. The actress, currently appearing in Ted Lasso recently spoke to Collider about her final moments in Game of Thrones.
“She was meant to be raped by The Mountain, and I think they’d had so many complaints about the rape of Sansa that they chose not to go with it.”
To be fair, in my opinion, it was implied. The Mountain was going to do whatever the hell he pleased with Unella. As the door closes we hear Unella’s screams. Then Cersei smiles and walks away saying ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’. Sexual abuse was implied, and therefore we really did not need to see that happen on screen. Sometimes the implied goings on behind a closed door are more frightening than anything you can be shown.
“I think they possibly changed it when I was mid-air flying to Belfast because suddenly I got sent these new sides that said that I would need a wetsuit top. And I thought they’d sent me the wrong bits, and sure enough, when I got there, I was then put in a wetsuit top and I was like, ‘Because?’ And they went, ‘Oh, it’s waterboarding instead.’”
“And there I was strapped to a wooden table with proper big straps for ten hours. And definitely, other than childbirth, it was the worst day of my life. Because Lena was uncomfortable pouring liquid in my face for that long, and I was beside myself. But in those moments you have to think, do you serve the piece and get on with it or do you chicken out and go, ‘No, this isn’t what I signed up for, blah, blah, blah?’”
“And then, the funny thing was, after we’d finished shooting it for the whole day, and people like Miguel Sapochnik, the director by the way, walking past with a cup of tea and a sandwich on-the-go and going, ‘Hi hunny, you alright?’ And I was like, ‘Not really.’ ‘The crew have just been saying we are actually really waterboarding you here.’ And I was like, ‘Yup, you don’t need to tell me that!’”
Ouch, so basically she had to actually be waterboarded to carry off that scene? I’m not sure if I’d be up for that as an actor, I feel sorry for Waddingham here. However, I do not feel sorry for Unella, that bitch was just as bad as Cersei. Unella may have hidden behind faith, but she just liked to abuse people, and she picked on the wrong person, shame! . What do you think of this Game of Thrones actress and her horrible filming experience? Would you let yourself get waterboarded to make a scene look better?