Lena Headey has revealed how "humiliating" it was to shoot her character Cersei Lannister's brutal Walk of Shame scene in the dramatic Game of Thrones season five finale.
The British actress was on set for three days filming the shocking moment, in which Cersei is forced to walk the streets naked with her hair shorn in penance for her confessed adultery while the people of King's Landing throw food, bodily fluids and verbal abuse at her. Sounds horrific right?
"It's not hard when people are screaming at you and you look like s**t and you're being f**king humiliated to figure out how that would feel," Headey told Entertainment Weekly. "There's a part of you that's f**king terrified."
But while most viewers were too wrapped up in the storyline to notice, others soon pointed out in a Reddit thread that Headey had used a body double for some of the walk, after noting a "blurry outline" to her head from the front and comparing the show to her topless scenes in 300.
The dragon CGI was more believable than the Cersei body double CGI.— Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri) June 15, 2015
Headey has not attempted to conceal this fact, with reports suggesting that she was either pregnant at the time of filming, had too many tattoos for the make-up department to deal with or, understandably, did not fancy strolling naked through a huge crowd of extras yelling "Liar!" and "Whore!" at her.
Hannah Waddington, who played the septa chanting "Shame!" during Cersei's walk, told Vulture that the unknown double was "fantastic" and "just so brave". "I had a lot of respect for her," she said.
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
Cersei's Walk of Shame was based on medieval punishment, with author George RR Martin revealing that King Edward IV's wife Jane Shore suffered a similar horror after his death in the 1400s.
"There are symbolic aspects to the Walk of Atonement or the Walk of Shame. You're naked. You have nothing to hide. All concealment has been denied you. Your hair has all been shaved off. You're completely vulnerable. There's nothing more to hide. That's the spiritual justification for this sort of thing," Martin said in a behind-the-scenes video.
"Cersei is not beloved in the streets of King's Landing. This is a woman who you dare not contradict for she could have your tongue torn out. Now, people are calling her filthy names, and accusations, and they're free to do so. It changes the entire public perception of her, and that is obviously part of the intent."
Problems arose last year when Croatian officials initially rejected producers' request to shoot nude scenes in a Dubrovnik church. Permission was later granted for Cersei to walk naked through Stadun Street to the Sponza Palace so long as she was not filmed inside a place of worship.Reuse content