[T]his may be very obvious, she’s not very happy.
That’s the most direct thing Lena Headey would say about what may happen to Cersei Lannister on this season of Game of Thrones, in a new interview with Parade. And indeed, the only daughter of Tywin Lannister has plenty to be unhappy about. She’s been publicly shamed, she just learned her daughter is dead, and the Lannister family’s grip on the Seven Kingdoms is growing ever slacker. Headey drops hints that there are bad things in store for Cersei throughout the interview. For example, here’s what she said when asked how, as an actress, she relates to a cruel person like Cersei:
I don’t think she is that cruel. I don’t play her to be hugely disliked, so I don’t see her as purely evil. She’s a ferocious parent, and she’s dealing with a certain madness of her upbringing. Ultimately, she’s a survivor. This season’s a little different. I may change my tune after this one.
What is Cersei going to do this season that would cause Headey to stop defending the character? Cersei is definitely in a dark place right now, and people at the end of their rope can do some pretty desperate things.
There’s also the answer she gives when asked what it is about George R.R. Martin’s world that has people so interested. “I guess everyone loves to watch a descent into madness.” She doesn’t say if she’s referring to Cersei specifically or the show in general, but given all she’s been through, I can see a descent into madness in Cersei’s future.
The interview also has lighter bits, including discussions about fan encounters and whether Headey fears that her character might get killed off. Head here to read the whole thing.
Moving on to the other Lannister twin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talked with The New York Post about the show. He was even more light-lipped about what’s coming that Headey, but he did weigh in on the scene from the Season 6 premiere where Jaime comforts his sister after she finds out about Mrycella’s death.
It’s a heartbreaking scene — even though you might think Cersei is the monster of all monsters, it’s still a mother and child. So when [Jaime] says, ‘I’ll kill the rest of the world, I’ll destroy everything, if that makes you happy,’ it’s because if you see the person you love getting into that kind of pain, you’ll do anything to take it away.
Does that mean that Jaime’s sympathy will evaporate once Cersei gets back up to her old tricks? We’ll see.
Coster-Waldau also touches on the Season 6 spoiler lockdown (the set now features drones and security checks), the Season 4 rape scene between Jaime and Cersei, and the fact that he doesn’t let his daughters, who are 12 and 15, watch the show.
My wife doesn’t watch it [either]. Work is work. It’s not something we sit down and enjoy. For my kids, it’s just weird to see your dad pretend to be someone else. It’s weird to see your father make out with another woman. It’s not cool.
Speaking of work, there’s a new trailer out for Me Before You, a romantic comedy starring Game of Thrones‘ own Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen). She’s going a bit lighter for this one.
And yes, that is Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) as the father of the male lead. Game of Thrones employed half the actors in the world, so they’re bound to cross paths again at some point. The movie looks sweet. Hopefully it’s a hit for Clarke.
Finally, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) made (or at least caught sight of) a pretty awesome cake.
That’s the question, isn’t it, cake?