Game of Thrones fans take heart. There is news on the character you most love to hate: Cersei.
Last week, TMZ reported that a scene set for Game of Thrones’ fifth season, in which reviled character Cersei Lannister receives her comeuppance, was being blocked from filming by the government in Dubrovik. In the pivotal scene, Cersei is shaved and forced to walk from the Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep nude. The controversy erupted because the scene required actress Lena Headey to emerge from a church fully nude. Church leaders were unwilling to allow the scene to be filmed. Because the church in question, the Church of St. Nicholas, refused to grant permission, the local film commission in Dubrovik refused to give the producers of Game of Thrones permits to shoot the scene.
Now TMZ is reporting that a compromise has been reached, likely because of the influx of cash and jobs Game of Thrones provides to the city. The scene will be shot on the streets of Dubrovik, but at no time is Lena Headey allowed to step into a church during filming. Reportedly, the scene of Cersei emerging from the church will be shot on a set that will double for the real church. Fans of Cersei rejoice.
Screenrant also posted news from the Game of Thrones sets, this time involving Cersei’s long-suffering younger brother, Tyrion. Recently published photos taken on the set of Game of Thrones show Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, and Iain Glen all in costume and at the same shooting location. This could be the first confirmation of the promised departures from the Game of Thrones source material, the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. In the novels, Tyrion Lannister, Jorhan Mormont, and Arya Stark are all on separate continents. At the end of Season 4, Tyrion flees Kings Landing, Jorah Mormont is dismissed from the service of his queen Daenerys Targaryen, and Arya Stark was bound for Braavos. Could the three characters meet up in Braavos?
Meanwhile, fans of Lady Stoneheart should prepare themselves for the worst. While Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss refused to answer questions about the infamous character at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s been widely speculated that the character had been cut from the story entirely. However, rumors also persist that the secrecy is confirmation that the character will eventually appear. ABC News recently released promotional information about the second season of Resurrection. Former Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley will reportedly play a big role in the second season. Meaning Lady Stoneheart, at least played by the same actress who played Catelyn Stark, is unlikely.
Season 5 of Game of Thrones will premier on HBO in April 2005. If you missed any of Season 4, it is due for release on DVD and Blu-ray in February of 2015.