Although the Game of Thrones rages on, if a winner were to be declared based on the events of last week’s season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” that winner would undoubtedly be Cersei Lannister. The golden haired Queen Mother took out every single one of her enemies in King’s Landing with a mix of well-timed explosions, street urchin murders, and good old fashioned torture.
Cersei’s revenge against Septa Unella in particular was the most satisfying of all and also the most unsettling, as Cersei leaves her prisoner in the hands of The Mountain, with the implication being that he sexually assaults her in some way. The fact that we don’t know what The Mountain does to the Septa is what helps makes this scene so disturbing, but as Lena Headey tells Entertainment Weekly, this scene was originally supposed to be much darker.
“It’s so filthy. It’s so great. Everybody’s witnessed what happened with the two of them. I don’t think people will be able to help going, “Yes!” But it’s so depraved, it’s brilliant. The scene was meant to be worse, but they couldn’t do it. This is like the tame version. It’s pretty bad still though. I’d take being exploded in the Sept over that any day.”
A scene too brutal for Game of Thrones? Considering this show has given us such pleasant visual experiences as a man having his face caved in, countless beheadings, and even a (implied) castration, it’s difficult to imagine what The Mountain could have done to Septa Unella for HBO to say “Hey, hold on. This is too much.” Then again, maybe it’s better that we don’t know …