Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister Actress Lena Headey Reveals Her Dream Ending for the Character

Lena Headey and Maisie Williams’ fantasy showdown that never happened


It’s been years since “Game of Thrones” wrapped up its epic saga, but the show’s fans and even its actors still can’t help but ponder different endings. Recently, Lena Headey, known for her portrayal of the cunning Cersei Lannister, opened up about her dream ending for the character that never came to fruition.

Cersei Lannister met a brutal and fiery end on the show’s final episode, which left some fans dissatisfied. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Headey shared her vision of Cersei’s ideal storyline, revealing that she, like many others, had her own alternate narrative in mind.

Headey disclosed, “I think all of us did, to be honest because you start trying to write the story yourself.” She recounted how she and her co-star Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, often fantasized about an epic showdown between their characters. In their headcanon, Cersei and Arya would face off, with Arya masquerading as Jaime Lannister. It was a dream storyline they both imagined, but, as Headey noted, “they [the writers] made different choices.”


In the actual series, Cersei Lannister, once one of the show’s most formidable and evil villains, met her fate as she perished alongside her lover and brother, Jaime Lannister, under the collapsing rubble of King’s Landing. The catastrophic event occurred as Daenerys Targaryen, portrayed by Emilia Clarke, unleashed her destructive power upon the city.

However, Headey clarified that she doesn’t harbor any ill feelings toward the show’s creators. While she admitted to questioning the choices made in the final season at one point, she now understands and accepts the decisions made by the show’s runners in hindsight.