How Game Of Thrones Got Involved In Lena Headey's Custody Battle

Cersei is crowned, Game of Thrones.

It looks like Cersei's not just involved in the battle for the Iron Throne. The recently crowned head of King's Landing is also currently dealing with a custody battle with her former husband, Peter Loughran. Thanks to the way that custody was drawn up between the two individuals, HBO's Game of Thrones is now in the middle of the custody issue. Here's what's happening.

Currently, Peter Loughran and Lena Headey share custody of their son, but Lena Headey is only supposed to take Wyle to the U.K. when she is filming. Since Game of Thrones films in the U.K., she's been able to take Wylie with her, but TMZ is reporting that Peter Loughran believes that filming on the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones should be finished at this juncture. He also feels his son being in the U.K. limits access to his kid. Things were getting pretty sticky when Game of Thrones got involved.

Game of Thrones executive producer Bernadette Caulfield recently jumped into Lena Headey's court battle when she issued a short letter stating that Headey must be available to continue filming for the foreseeable future. The letter states that Game of Thrones will continue shooting through February of 2016 and states that Lena Headey must at least be available to come film in the U.K. through January:

This is a notification to confirm that you must be available in November and December 2016 for filming and throughout January 2017 for possible additional scenes and pick-ups. As you are well aware, we are shooting through February 2017. Hopefully, you will not be required past January 31.

Part of the issue may be that Game of Thrones actually started filming late this year in order to shoot more scenes that look as if they are in the wintertime, since winter did, in fact, come to Game of Thrones at the end of Season 6. The premiere date for Season 7 is expected to be later than usual, as well, which makes sense. It's unclear if Headey's ex knows about the differences in filming as relates to past seasons, or how much this would affect their custody agreement, but what is clear is that both sides are at a standstill in the matter, and a judge has yet to firmly make a decision.

In the past, Lena Headey has stated that Peter had allowed her to take Wylie with her to England since she is the breadwinner in the family, while Loughran has stated that he has not had contact with his son in some months. Headey has also noted Loughran has not seen his son, but seems to believe that is not because she has kept him from her. There's a lot of he said, she said all around, as frequently happens in custody cases. However, it does look like Lena Headey will have more Game of Thrones to film, whether or whether not she gets to bring her kid with her.

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