Since the finale aired for Game of Thrones, it feels like there hasn’t been much positivity to discuss with regards to the end of this show. Some of the actors have done their best to remain positive and a few have already made comments leaning towards a slightly regretful tone.
To be honest, regretful is kinda how most fans are feeling after Game of Thrones Season 8, a regret that the finale wasn’t quite the end which such a great show truly deserved. I’ve spoken much already about how the final two seasons felt overly rushed and dispensed with character to promote spectacle, so I won’t go over old ground again.
However, one of the shows biggest stars has expressed a little regret in how her own character was handled, specifically her death. Lena Heady who played the evil Queen Cersei Lannister recently spoke with The Guardian to promote her latest movie The Flood mentioned the ending of the show and how we did wish for a better death for Cersei. As a recap, Cersei was killed by buildings collapsing around her and landing on top of her and her brother/lover Jaime Lannister. Frankly, in my opinion, it was an awful ending for both characters, so what did Heady have to say?
“No, listen, I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”
And what will she say to them?
“I will say I wanted a better death. Obviously you dream of your death, you could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”
Hmm, I think I disagree there HAD to be a comedown from the climb, as the heartache and the comedown should have been seeing Daenerys throwing away all her dreams through paranoia and lust for power. Cersei’s death, on the other hand, should really have been one of the highlights, and if Jaime had killed her like so many (including me) had predicted from the novels and the character arc, then many people would have been far more satisfied. The butchering of Jaime’s whole character arc was for me the biggest crime of this last season and of course that definitely included Cersei’s role in the final season. Cersei spent roughly all six episodes standing at a balcony smiling like Dick Dastardly while drinking wine, and then she got killed in a pretty uninteresting character moment.
All in all I think many mistakes were made in this final season, but what they did with Cersei and Jaime Lannister is probably the worst, and if I was Lena Heady, I would be a bit peeved with it all as well.
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SOURCE: The Guardian