The Internet has proven itself truly distasteful in the wake of Lena Headey’s heartbreaking and remarkable performance on Game of Thrones‘ season finale Sunday night.
(Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the episode just yet)
Last night, Lena — aka the incestuous Cersei Lannister — walked nude down the streets of King’s Landing to atone for her multitude of sins, including a romp in the sheets with her cousin turned religious zealot Lancel.
But instead of focusing on what was probably one of the most heart-wrenching and dramatic scenes of the entire season and praising Lena Headey for her performance, the Internet chose to go in a different direction.
Fans online spent Monday discussing Lena’s breasts and buttocks and comparing them to their last appearance in her films in order to prove something apparently very important: Headey wasn’t actually naked, Uproxx reported.
This is a fact the show’s crew has already admitted. In an interview with Vulture, the actress who plays the horrible septa chanting “shame” behind Headey all through Flea Bottom, Hannah Waddingham, said Headey’s body double “was so brave. I had a lot of respect for her.”
The double was used in “some aspects,” posing the question; which aspects? Here are some of the most distressing comments from fans.
“She may not be as comfortable now as she was then.”
“I thought the (breasts) were too good to be true.”
“Essential when the boobs got bigger, it was the body double. Lena doesn’t have much assets.”
“With that said, the body double … is hot nonetheless.”
“(Lena’s) dark haired and has dark nipples. Smaller areolas too. The body double is obviously blonde with paler areolas that are much larger.”
One Reddit user complained on more technical grounds — that the CGI effects used to meld Headey with the double were poorly executed.
“(T)he face outline was blurry as sh-t when they showed the entire body from the front, two that body doesn’t look at all like Lena… here’s a fairly recent shoot and a couple of screenshots where’s it’s obvious what i mean.”
In other words, it seems like Lena Headey is undergoing her own “walk of shame,” with the masses staring at her nude form, both in Game of Thrones and other films, to point out its flaws and details.
Luckily, no one is slinging vegetables, waste, or cruel insults at her. Cersei’s fictionalized atonement was a brutal affair, in which the fair beauty was shorn of her golden locks, stripped of her finest clothing, and paraded among the filthy slums in a show that despite being a Lannister, she is an “everywoman,” no different in flesh than any other, Waddingham explained.
“To walk her through the streets and have every woman see her as the everywoman is just genius. To have people coming up and trying to touch her, do things to her, to chuck urine and all sorts at her, that’s part of the cleansing. That’s getting her to base point, so she can grow again in a pure fashion, rather than in all the filth that’s around her.”
Lena Headey, talking about the dramatic scene to Entertainment Weekly, said it wasn’t hard to portray her shame–which she believes was undeserved.
“It’s not hard when people are screaming at you and you look like shit and you’re being f–king humiliated to figure out how that would feel. There’s a part of you that’s f–king terrified. I can’t even imagine people wanting your bloocd. Cersei has done wrong, but she doesn’t really deserve this.”
As is often the case in George R.R. Martin’s The Song of Ice and Fire novels–on which the series is based–Cersei’s walk was based in history. And Lena noted this sober fact, “They still do it now…they take women out and stone them to death.”
And they concentrate on the details of Lena Headey’s nakedness rather than praise her for her artistic talent.
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