How Lena Headey elevated Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones through her performance

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She even gets an infant girl, her husband Robert Baratheon’s bastard from a prostitute, killed just out of spite. Related read |Wanted better death for Cersei: Game of Thrones star Lena Headey
On paper, Cersei is pure evil, the personification of ruthlessness, the queen of mean, and schemes. Written by Kshitij Rawat
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October 3, 2021 8:45:03 am

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones. For instance, if a lord wanted to ally with another, more powerful lord or king, he could basically sell his daughter and call it marriage. This is obviously not including numerous other people she had killed or threatened to get her way. They were treated as little more than objects — things to acquire and dispensed with or traded like chattel to achieve political goals. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Lena Headey So the readers just see her atrocities, not what is going on in her mind until then. To paraphrase her own words, everybody who isn’t a Lannister is potential enemy. It helps that it was an actor of Lena’s calibre who played the role. This is mainly because Cersei is not a point-of-view character until the fourth book. Weiss-created show which was based on George RR Martin’s novels. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. A vicious human being without a shred of conscience. Related read |Game of Thrones series review: The biggest TV show in the world goes out with a whimper
And that is what Tywin Lannister, the patriarch of House Lannister, did with Cersei. It is no wonder then that she became a bitter and hateful woman. She brought a lot of nuance, emotion and vulnerability to the character. The talented English actor had appeared in a number of projects before Game of Thrones, but it was HBO’s popular fantasy series that catapulted her to height of fame. A witty, intelligent woman like Cersei was forced to live in a loveless marriage with a drunkard husband who often raped and beat her. Even everyday sounding lines assumed a lot of gravity when coming out of her mouth. If one digs deep into the character, it is no wonder Cersei is as despicable as she is. Let’s explore how Lena Headey, with the help of writers, saved Cersei Lannister from becoming a cartoonishly villainous character. Westeros is a quasi-medieval England and back then the world was brutal for everyone, but especially for women. In books, particularly, the character is more one-note for the most part. (Photo: HBO)
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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. In many ways, Lena elevated the character of Cersei Lannister through her performance. It is remarkable that her portrayal of such a severely negative character never devolved into histrionics. She played the role of Cersei Lannister in David Benioff and D. She had dreamed of marrying Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, but her father forced her to marry Robert instead. However, thanks to Lena Headey and some solid writing by Martin and GoT’s writers, Cersei is a more rounded character in the show. Benioff and Weiss quickly realised they needed to show Cersei’s side from the start to make sure Lannisters did not become supervillain in the comic-book sense.