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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Deleted Scene Had a Cersei Baby Shocker, Lena Headey Says

Actress continues to dish on HBO series

In the final two seasons of “Game of Thrones,” the purported pregnancy of Cersei Lannister sure looked like it might be a huge deal. Except — psych! — in the end, it didn’t end up mattering to the larger story at all. Cersei died under a pile of rubble in the show’s penultimate episode, and that was that.

But speaking last weekend at German Comic Con in Munich, Lena Headey, who played Cersei, said that a deleted scene from Season 7 would have made Cersei’s pregnancy the very big deal it appeared to be.

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

By the faith of the seven!

Some background: In Season 7, Cersei informed her brother Jaime that she was pregnant, that it was his, and that she intended to tell everyone in the seven kingdoms both of those facts. The reveal was played somewhat ambiguously. Jaime was horrified to discover that Cersei had destroyed the Sept and a good deal of King’s Landing with wildfyre, and the news helped re-cement his loyalty. She used the news to manipulate other people as well, and, well, even into Season 8 it wasn’t ever clear whether or not she was lying. Now we know that at least at one point, the pregnancy was real.

HBO and Headey’s reps didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

This isn’t the only time Headey has dished on how things shook out for her character. Last Sunday, she told The Guardian in an interview that she wanted “a better death” for Cersei than the one “Game of Thrones” fans ultimately saw. And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, she said she had always hoped that Cersei would have “a big piece or fight with somebody,” though she said she warmed up to what the writers had come up with after talking with “Game of Thrones” co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Watch the clip below, which was first reported by The Mary Sue: