EXCLUSIVE: Lena Headey on Game of Thrones and shooting THAT Cersei scene

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Mar 6, 2014

With season 4 of Game of Thrones just around the corner, star Lena Headey spoke with Blastr about the show -- and a major scene coming up for Cersei. Spoilers ahead, folks.

Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister so deliciously on the HBO series, recently sat down with me as part of the press rounds for her new film, 300: Rise of an EmpireInevitably, the conversation turned to Game of Thrones, which kicks off its fourth season on April 6th. 

"Thrones just kind of goes from strength to strength," she said when asked about the upcoming season. "I think, because we have such brilliant people all over it and it just gets darker as we go on because the stakes are higher and they're all losing their morality in terms of survival. So the game really has begun."

Here's where we get into *SPOILERS*, especially if you haven't read the novels. 

In the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, Cersei's numerous machinations, both political and sexual, finally catch up with her and she is forced to do a Penance Walk, in which her head is shaved and she is stripped naked and forced to walk across King's Landing through jeering crowds. With the show's producers freely reordering events from the books for the series, I asked Headey if she'll take that little stroll this season.

"I think that's going to be next season," she speculated, adding that she is quite aware of what the Penance Walk entails and has spoken about it with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

"We talk about it a lot because I love her...you kind of grab David and Dan and you’re like, 'What are you thinking?' And they love to tease you. They love to wind you up. Sometimes you think, 'oh, they’re being serious,' because it’s terrifying."

As for how she expects the Penance Walk will be handled, Headey said she thinks it will be staged in typically "raw" fashion.

"I think, you know, it's interesting, that part for me. I've been very adamant about keeping her kind of clothed because I think that's part of her power. And she can still be sort of sexual and weird and female, but she doesn't have to be naked. And I think it makes for a more shocking disempowering moment when this happens. So, we'll see. I'm a little scared."

Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres April 6 on HBO...which means we have a year to wait before we see Cersei do the Westeros walk of shame. How do you think the show - and Lena Headey - will handle it? 

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