Game of Thrones’ Cersei star opens up on ‘horrendous’ torture scene: ‘Traumatic experience

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Fans of HBO’S drama series will remember the multiple jaw-dropping moments which occurred throughout the show, however, aside from the controversial ending – Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey) being publicly shamed will go down in Game of Thrones history. More than two years have passed since its season finale aired and the actress recently revealed her true feelings about that scene.

The season five finale of Game of Thrones saw Queen Cersei’s fall from her regal title as she was stripped and forced to endure a painful walk – whilst being berated by the people she once ruled.

She was arrested and punished for a number of crimes, one being the illegal relationship she had with her brother twin Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who secretly fathered three of her children.

Throughout seasons one and two she also had an affair with her cousin Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon).

Having committed these unspeakable crimes, Cersei spent most of season five in prison where she was given the opportunity to confess her crimes

After doing so she was informed she would only be allowed to return to the Red Keep if she proceeded with her punishment of the Walk of Atonement.

This was a form of public retribution where her head was shaved, she was stripped naked and forced to walk to the Red Keep while jeering crowds of people threw rubbish at her and yelled profanities.

During an unmoderated video chat with Septa Unella star Hannah Waddingham, actress Lena shared her true feelings about playing Cersei during that scene.

Hannah questioned: “I wanted to ask you, which we never really talk about because I think both of us found it quite traumatic at the time, our waterboarding, or rather wine-boarding, scenes.”

She added: “It made wicked telly and I just wondered what your take on all that was, because I think you found it quite difficult too.”

“Yes, that was, for you, horrendous,” Lena added, “Someone else asked me about that the other day and I was like, you know, as an actor we all have boundaries or no boundaries. And no boundaries are obviously very thrilling when you can go to a place.”

In response, Hannah confessed:” I have to say one thing that, that traumatic experience — and you walking through the streets practically with your nunny out — gave us was that you and I absolutely became incredibly close.”

In season six, Cersei got revenge on Unella for her role in orchestrating the Walk of Atonement by blowing up the Sept of Baelor.

After doing so, she found Unella, strapped her to a table and repeatedly poured wine in her face – essentially wine-boarding the Septa.

When she was done, Cersei left her with The Mountain and as the scene came to a close it ended with Unella screaming.

During their conversation, Hannah revealed the filming of the wine scene lasted 10 hours and revealed it made her feel “horrendous.”

Their acting paid off as Game of Thrones became a huge hit and gained tons of fans across the world.

The series won several SAG awards and a ton of Emmy awards – with Lena being nominated a whopping 27 times for her role as Cersei.

In 2019, it was announced there would be a Game of Thrones spin-off titled House of the Dragon.

It will be based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood and will be set hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

As no official release date has been unveiled, express.co.uk will be updated with new information about the series.

Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available to stream on HBO.

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