'Game of Thrones' deleted scene reveals the truth about Cersei's pregnancy
By now you've probably heard that not everybody was thrilled with the last season of Game of Thrones. While the quality had slowly been dwindling ever since the end of season five, it was only at season eight when things took a nosedive, and as a result, there were plenty of fans left dissatisfied.
The character beats all made sense on paper, but the rushed nature of those final six episodes left us feeling rather cold, and there were so many plot threads left unresolved. We've talked ad nauseam about Daenerys' turn into a toasty murderer, or how on earth Bran ended up as king, but we've rarely talked about Cersei Lannister, or the plot point we kind of forgot about...
Of course, one of the big developments of season seven was that Cersei and Jaime were expecting another child together - and in between scenes where the Queen would strategically rub her belly in order to gain sympathy - it was expected that the unborn Lannister child would play a big role in the final season, especially since she told Euron Greyjoy that the baby was his. Drama!
And by the time this happens, it's all been forgotten about:
We didn't even know that Cersei was actually pregnant at the time, as faking a pregnancy would be a typical thing for her to do to manipulate those around her, and unfortunately, things got... rocky for her before we could find out what really happened. But speaking at a panel during Munich Comic Con, Lena Headey shone a light on what really happened.
Apparently, there was a scene cut from season seven which would have had the Queen miscarry, landing a cruel double blow since it was around the same time Jaime decided to head north to Winterfell ahead of the arrival of the Army of the Dead (I mean, we know how that turned out).
"A scene that never made it into Season 7, which was when I lose the baby," said Headey at Munich Comic Con. "And it was a really traumatic, great moment for Cersei and it never made it in, and I loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently."
Here's Lena Headey, explaining how Cersei Lannister's pregnancy would have been resolved:
This makes us see her actions in season eight in a new light; blinded by depression, we can more easily buy her decision to murder Missandei when Tyrion tells her to "think of her child" (that must have really stung). You could also see her depression and loneliness driving her to sleep with Euron Greyjoy, even though he's the worst, and she (like everyone) hates him.
It wouldn't have been enough to save the disastrous final season, but this revelation shines a kinder light on Cersei Lannister - one of the best character on Game of Thrones.