Lena Headey, the actress playing Cersei Lannister, has said in her recent interviews that she feels that her character?s reign as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms would most likely be short-lived.
But Game of Thrones showrunners Daniel Brett ?D.B.? Weiss and David Benioff believe otherwise. They believe that Cersei Lannister?s story now has more depth.
In their interview with Deadline, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff say that with the death of her last remaining child, King Tommen, it would be interesting to know what?s going on inside the Queen Mother?s head.
D. B. Weiss said, ?Not to give a frustrating answer, but that?s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei?s mind-set is. Who is she? While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was that she genuinely loved her children. Now they?re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she without her children? The answer is something you?ll find out next season. That?s so much of what is to come that I?ll just give it away if I start delving into it now.?
David Benioff added that King Tommen would not have died if only Cersei didn?t focus so much on revenge.
He said, ?If she had been more focused on her family, and less on enjoying her revenge on someone who had done her wrong, then Tommen?s suicide probably never would have happened.?
Dan Weiss added that Cersei Lannister and Lady Olenna Tyrell, though enemies, share a lot of things in common, especially after they both lost all of their loved ones.
?They are both powerful, ruthless women, one more so than the other, but they were very much about their families and the furthering of their names and their house, for the children they loved. Now, their conflicts have left them both with no future, or at least not the future they had considered their primary goal. It changes a lot of things for both of them, going forward.?
Looking back at season 6, particularly the much talked about episode ?The Battle of the Bastards,? David Benioff said that the most difficult scenes to shoot were the ones that involved horses.
?The hardest part is the horses. They make everything difficult and more complicated. They?re dangerous to themselves and the people around them, and they have their own minds and don?t take direction as well as people do.?
Thankfully, they had Camilla Naprous, the talented horse mistress who has been with the show from the very beginning.
?We?re lucky we have a brilliant horse mistress, Camilla Naprous, who has been in charge of the horses since the first season. She has always said, c?mon guys, give me something more interesting to do this season. We thought we?d really throw a challenge at her and give her Battle of the Bastards. So much of it comes down to the preparation. We have amazing stunt performers and in Miguel Sapochnik, a director who?s so good at spending hours and hours and hours on every shot beforehand, so that he knows exactly what he wants when he gets to the battlefield on the day. We only shoot ten hour days, so you have to pack a lot into those ten hours. I?ve never seen a director so meticulous in his preparation as Miguel. It pays off when you see what he gets onscreen.?
Now that Season 6 is over and everyone is gearing up for the last two seasons of the show, David Benioff said that things are coming into better focus now.
?We?ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning. It?s a strange phenomenon, we?re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can?t rely on the written material anymore. As we get close to the ending, we?ve been talking about that for so long, things come into better focus. Once we get to the final end game, we?ve got very specific ideas that have grown organically over the past six plus years about where everything will end up.?
David Benioff added that it would be good to end the show while people are still interested in it. He doesn?t want to reach the point where viewers are already exhausted with the story and are just waiting to get it over and done with.
?It?s two more seasons we?re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that?s what we?ll end up with. Call it 73 for now. What Dan says is really true, but it?s not just trying not to outstay your welcome. We?re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan said, we?ve known the end for quite some time and we?re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is King of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game. The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it?s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it?s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We?re definitely heading into the end game now.?
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