Game of Thrones was known for a lot during its run, but it's fair to say "killing characters" was probably one of the more notable things people will remember it for. The series killed off characters both evil and beloved in creative ways, so all eyes were on the show in Season 8 as audiences wondered how some of the main stars would bite the dust.
This was especially true in the case of Cersei Lannister, whose character was responsible for some truly horrifying forms of torture and execution in her tenure as ruler of Westeros. Unfortunately, fans were let down when Cersei died a rather unceremonious death in which she was crushed beneath the castle. Those who felt the send off was lacking weren't alone, as Lena Headey has now come out and admitted she would've liked to have seen Cersei get a better death.
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.
As Lena Headey said above, Game of Thrones was a show where someone could die in the most creative ways. Cersei could've had molten gold poured on her head, been betrayed by someone close to her, or had her skin flayed and slowly fed to Drogon. Instead, the powerful ruler stood whimpering in her brother's loving arms beneath the castle, and the scene was littered with dust before any of the violence of the collapse was shown.
The death was one of Lena Headey's complaints about Game of Thrones Season 8, although her conversation with The Guardian implied she may have more. But, any other gripes she's apparently saving for a night where she's had a drink and is in the company of showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff. It's hard to imagine what other gripes she'd have considering Cersei didn't have a ton of screentime in Season 8, but maybe that's the other thing she'd bring up.
In regards to how she's doing after Game of Thrones ending, Lena Headey revealed she's doing fine. She credits that to her age and experience within the industry, and said that her emotion following the conclusion of long projects has waned with each one she's said goodbye to over the years. With that said, she certainly understood how the show ending could be emotional and troubling for the younger actors who grew up with the show.
Game of Thrones is over, but the series can still be binged on HBO's on demand and streaming services. Plus there's that prequel that's coming up in the future, so be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for updates on what's happening with that in the meantime.