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Lena Headey Says Cersei Had a Miscarriage in a Scene Cut From Game of Thrones

Cersei's story was almost very different

Amanda Bell

Now that Lena Headey has detached herself from Cersei's windowsill at the Red Keep, she's been coming through with some straight talk about Game of Thrones' final season -- and she doesn't even need that goblet of red wine to help her speak her mind. Not long after she joined the chorus of the show's disappointed cast members by revealing that she was "gutted" by the way Cersei Lannister had to die on screen, Headey has opened up about another major point of frustration with Cersei's story: the was she or wasn't she confusion surrounding her pregnancy.

The actress appeared at Comic-Con Berlin over the weekend, per The Wrap, and told the crowds that she'd filmed a since-deleted Season 7 scene that showed Cersei having a miscarriage long before the events of the final season.

"We shot a scene which never made it into Season 7 which was where I lose the baby," Headey said. "And it was a really kind of traumatic, great moment for Cersei that never made it in, and I kind of loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently."

HBO had no comment when reached by TV Guide.

If that scene had made it into the second-to-last season, Season 8 would have looked a lot different for Cersei, even if nothing changed about the character's interactions with others. Audiences could have still seen the cold queen Cersei being cunning and manipulative to Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), whose navy she needed, and eventually reuniting with her brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), whom she wanted to save her from the rubble drop that doomed them both. They just wouldn't have spent the whole time scratching their heads about whether a Baby Lion or Drowned Prince really was on the way.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 sent majorly mixed messages about Cersei's pregnancy. In one early scene, for example, Euron promised to "put in prince in [her] belly," a possibility Cersei didn't refute, with some interpreting this to mean she might no longer be pregnant with Jaime's child. In another moment, Qyburn nodded to confirm Cersei's claim that she was still pregnant, although in that instance Cersei was claiming it was Euron's child and not Jaime's. The most obvious explanation for these moments, though, is that Cersei was still pregnant with Jaime's child but keeping up the ruse that it was Euron's as leverage.

Suffice it to say the pregnancy subplot was mostly a mess and served little narrative purpose other than to give Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) a reason to hope Cersei's mothering instincts would kick in to save the Lannister line. If audiences had seen Cersei miscarry in Season 7, then Season 8 would have been the story of Cersei Lannister running one last game on all the men in her life -- unsuccessfully, of course, but it still would have been fitting.

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​Cersei Lannister (​Lena Headey) on ​Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5: "The Bells"

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) on Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5: "The Bells"

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