Bronn and Cersei from Game of Thrones hate each other in real life
When it comes to wide, overarching political plots and a winding, absorbing story, then you'd be pretty hard-pressed at the moment to find a better show than Game of Thrones.
Although the recently-concluded seventh season was more focused on spectacular set pieces and budding romances than it was political posturing, we still got a pretty great scene in the season finale where the large majority of the characters we've followed since 2011 gathered in one place.
You had Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Jaime and Cersei Lannister; plus fan favourites such as Brienne of Tarth as well as the Hound. The scene that followed was fraught, but just before negotiations began, you might remember Bronn taking Podrick Lannister away for a drink as the talking commences.
As Bronn and Podrick are old friends and Bronn is pretty far from averse to a beer at any point in time, you might think it was in character for Bronn to sneak off as the political discussions began. But there was a more pertinent reason that Bronn was conspicuously absent when Cersei was in his scene.
In fact, there's a reason why you never see Bronn and Cersei on screen together, even with so many different character interactions on Game of Thrones. It has to do with their real-world counterparts: namely Jerome Flynn as Bronn and Lena Headley's Cersei Lannister.
In 2014, an article by the Telegraph discussing crew members of the HBO fantasy epic let slip that Flynn and Headley in fact used to date, and are no longer on speaking terms as a result. In fact: several internet sources have speculated that a stipulation in their contract exists stating they actually can't be in the same scene together. A member of the crew revealed that the two actors are never in a room at the same time.
"Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms any more and they are never in the same room at the same time. It’s a pity because they appeared to have patched things up for a while, but now the word is they should be kept apart at all costs."
In the middle of Game of Thrones fever following the astonishing and highly entertaining series finale, Twitter has naturally had a field day with this mind-blowing information that sort of makes sense, when you think about it.
Jerome Flynn and Lena Headley dated some time in the early 2000s, according to Anne Headley. Although they kept their romance under wraps, she has confirmed that the pair used to see each other, and in 2003, Flynn confirmed that they weren't a couple at the time, but didn't rule it out in the future.
"We’re not a couple right now, people have seen us together and jumped to conclusions. I can’t rule out a relationship with her in the future, I just don’t know."
Of course, that relationship would have started on rocky terms, Headley reportedly left Jason Flemyng, Jerome Flynn's best friend, who had been dating the future 300 and Dredd actress for eight years. While it's a shame these two weren't able to keep the fire burning and now are not in each other's lives at all, it's a credit to the Game of Thrones showrunners that they haven't allowed this former relationship to affect crew morale.