star had a very different ending in mind for how Cersei Lannister's story should end in the show's final season, but the showrunners had other plans.
Back in 2019, Headey shared how she was , noting at the time how it was in contrast to what she had "dream[ed]" about for the character. In a new interview with THR, Headey opened up more on her ending, specifying how she would have preferred Cersei's story arc to conclude. The Emmy-nominated actress said the ideal ending would've been for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) to surprise Cersei by confronting her while disguised as her lover/brother, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). This is also said to be something Williams really wanted as well.
"I think all of us [cast members had ideal endings in mind for our characters], to be honest, because you start trying to write the story yourself," Headey said. "And [Williams] and I would fantasize about a Cersei and Arya showdown; that she would come back as Jaime. That was our dream. But they made different choices." Headey clarified that she understands that the show's creative team was under great pressure with the final season, adding, "I think in hindsight, everybody understands that. You’re in it, and you’ve been so invested, there’s a moment of, 'Why?' But I absolutely get it."
Headey has also moved on from the franchise, revealing that she can't watch the prequel series, , as it's just too "weird." She noted how she doesn't miss the show itself, but she misses the cast and crew that she used to work with and had gotten close to over the years. As Headey said, "I miss the people — because you fall in love with people, and you create these family units. So that takes a little while to go though. There’s a weird grief from those relationships. But I don’t miss it. We did it. We put everything into it. It changed everyone’s f***ing world, and we’ll always have it."
is streaming on Max in its entirety, controversial final season included. The first season of is also streaming with .