Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey Accurately Calls Filming That Torture Scene A ‘Shit Time’

Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey Accurately Calls Filming That Torture Scene A ‘Shit Time’
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) does something shitty. (Screenshot: HBO)

As we’ve learned, the torture on Game of Thrones wasn’t all fake. Actress Hannah Waddingham, who played Septa Unella, recently shared a horrible experience on the HBO show while shooting her final scene with Cersei Lannister. She said, “I’ve basically just been waterboarded for 10 hours.” Now, Lena Headey is speaking out about how much it sucked and how she even tried to lessen the blow.

“She had a really shit time doing that scene,” Headey said in part of an interview with Insider for Gunpowder Milkshake. She was asked about shooting the scene where Cersei tortured Septa Unella by pouring wine on her face which Waddingham described as brutal, calling it the worst experience she’d had apart from childbirth. Headey, who was reportedly unaware during the interview that Waddingham had shared her version of events in May, called it a “really, really tough day” but noted how they wanted Unella’s torture to feel “authentic.” She also praised Waddingham for her professionalism.

“People have different limits,” Headey said. “People will go to different places. And some people will be like, ‘I don’t want to fucking put myself in that position.’ I totally respect whatever your boundaries are, but Hannah was a trooper. That was a long day of prune juice in your face.”

I’m not going to go into detail about what Waddingham experienced shooting the season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” because we already did that. You can read it here if you want to know how fucked up it all was (and how even more fucked-up it could have been). In short, the situation sucked and it’s horrible that Waddingham had to go through that. Even though they wanted it to feel authentic — at the cost of Waddingham’s health and well-being, I might add — Headey noted how at one point even she felt things had gone too far and decided to take matters into her own hands. She stopped aiming the wine at Waddington’s mouth. “I was like, ‘I’m just going to do a light salad dressing drizzle around her nun’s [cloth headdress],’” she said.

Gunpowder Milkshake — which hopefully doesn’t feature 10 hours of a woman having prune juice poured on her face — starts streaming on Netflix on July 14.


  • diddums an actor had to act? like cry me a river. what are my options? get paid tens of thousands of dollars? or cry like a bitch? hmmmm.

    • You are aware of what waterboarding is right? Also are you just wandering around Kotaku stories being stereotypically ‘Alpha’ everywhere?

      • you are aware of what a job is right? no, probably not, let me explain. its something you do in exchange for money. dont like the job? dont fucking do it. im sorry, i didnt think i was going to have to deal with children on this website.

        • Jobs can’t just require you to do “anything” – there are laws, even in the Wild West of labour protections like the United States. Waterboarding, for instance, would be illegal in Australia regardless of what was in the contract, because there are certain safeguards and rights that contracts cannot override.

          Last warning, lawlorz. Make conversations better or take the abusive shitposting somewhere else.

          • commenting that people shouldnt do things they dont want to do is now called shitposting? ok.

          • I’m not trying to call you out or anything, and I think it’s admirable that you give people the chance to change their behaviour, but I don’t think they deserve either the benefit of the doubt or a last warning. They’ve consistently been nasty and hostile in the comments towards pretty much everyone and then cowardly about it afterwards e.g. “commenting that people shouldnt do things they dont want to do is now called shitposting? ok.”

            I don’t think they’re so stupid as to miss your point, but they can’t or won’t admit it. I think it’s obvious I have different attitudes towards moderation and I’m not judging you for having different attitudes to mine, but I’d that if they ‘change’ it’ll be for a week, a month at most, before these sorts of comments crop up again.

      • Didn’t Mythbusters show that fake waterboarding didn’t work because they knew they could end it at any point?. Part of it’s effectiveness stems from the panic and loss of control.

        • The waterboarding worked in that ep. Even though the person being tested (Kari) could end it at any point. It still worked on her.

    • People are often put in compromising situations at work all the time. Because it’s being filmed it’s OK? Not allowed to talk about something that was traumatic because you’re getting paid?

      You seem real nice, do the world a favour and stay online so no-one ever has to deal with you f2f.

    • “You get paid x amount of dollars, therefore you cant complain about being uncomfortable”

      Stunning logic right there

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