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Uncomfortable Scenes That These GoT Actors Didn’t Want To Film

How did your favorite Game of Thrones stars
really feel while they were filming some of the most dramatic, intense moments in the
series? Here are the scenes that the cast absolutely
dreaded filming — and a few that certain actors refused to take part in altogether. Warning: Season 8 spoilers ahead! Cersei’s “walk of shame” through King’s Landing
in Season 5 was brutal enough to make audiences sympathize with one of the most diabolical
characters in the entire show. To atone for the sin of adultery, Cersei was
forced to walk naked through King’s Landing while the citizens verbally and physically
assaulted her. Although many Game of Thrones stars are used
to wearing nothing but their birthday suits on camera, actress Lena Headey chose to work
with a body double for this scene rather than baring it all. Headey said that the scene would have involved
three full days of shooting sans costume, and she didn’t feel that she could accurately
portray Cersei’s emotional state if she herself was exposed the entire time. Headey is also a mother, and she noted that
stripping down for certain scenes might bring up some awkward conversations with her kids. Headey’s usual stand-in, Rebecca Van Cleave,
agreed to appear nude in the scene, with Headey’s face superimposed on her body. In response to claims that she was “less of
an actress” for preferring to keep herself covered, Headey had to stand up for herself. She told Entertainment Weekly, The Game of Thrones Season 6 finale had every
fan on edge. The season went out with a bang — literally. Rather than attend her trial with the High
Sparrow, Cersei decided to pull off an unexpectedly devious revenge plot. She set the entire Sept of Baelor ablaze with
wildfire, a highly flammable and rare substance that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase
“scorched earth.” Lancel Lannister tried to save the day in
vain — while in a tunnel under the Sept, he notices three candles burning in a small
pool of wildfire, and he attempts to reach the end of the tunnel as fast as he can to
blow them out. Due to his injuries, he can only crawl, and
he does not make it in time. Actor Eugene Simon said this was his most
physically demanding scene. The directors had him spend the entire day
crawling, using only his upper body strength throughout. He told Elle, Euron Greyjoy is one of the most frightening
characters of Game of Thrones. He has no moral compass, and there seems to
be nothing he won’t do in pursuit of the power that he craves. Even among the other ruthless Game of Thrones
characters, Euron possesses a unique form of evil. Actor Pilou Asbæk plays the role perfectly,
yet in real life, Asbæk is nowhere near as frightening; in fact, he was actually intimidated
by one scene in particular. In the Game of Thrones universe, every kingdom
has their own unique rituals and ceremonies. When a new king is crowned in the Iron Islands,
a drowning ceremony is part of their initiation. Of course, filming something like this is
complicated, and there’s no way that the cast and crew are going to get it right in one
take. Asbæk said that filming the drowning scene
was quite a struggle. After all, it’s not easy to act while you’re
freezing cold and unable to breathe. Asbæk told Elle, “What is dead may never die.” Wearing unique costumes and makeup on set
is just part of the deal on Game of Thrones. To create some of the special aesthetic effects,
actors have had to wear colored contacts and prosthetic lenses. For example, after Arya Stark goes temporarily
blind in Season 5, Maisie Williams had to wear colored contact lenses for a few episodes
until her sight was restored. But she’s not the only actor on set who had
to spend a little time in the dark. For Meryn Trant’s death scene in Season 5,
the cast and crew began shooting early in the morning, and actor Ian Beattie recalls
getting prosthetics in his eyes around 9AM that day. Unfortunately, the prosthetics basically left
him blind for a full day of shooting, and he had to leave them in for a full 12 hours. He says that all he remembers from that particular
day of shooting was total darkness from morning until night. He remembers his death scene as his biggest
challenge on set. Beattie told Elle, “It was in many ways quite a surreal day. It was very technical, but Maisie and I had
worked it out in the rehearsals, and we were ready.” Tormund Giantsbane is a fan favorite on Game
of Thrones – although he is arguably a relatively minor character, he’s gotten more and more
screen time throughout his tenure on the series, to the point that it raised something of a
fan uproar when his fate was left ambiguous in the Season 7 finale. He’s a tough character who may be gruff at
times, but beneath his rough exterior, there’s something endearing about him. Actor Kristofer Hivju has appeared in plenty
of crazy battle scenes where it seems like it’s hard to keep track of anything happening
onscreen. Hivju admits that by the time he was scheduled
to shoot the Season 7 finale, he’d had enough of working with the wights. The wights that audiences see are actually
a small crowd of extras, with the majority added digitally in post-production. Regardless, the actors had to keep up with
quick choreography, and according to Hivju, the scene pushed him to his physical limits. He told Elle, “In the beginning, it was tough, but in the
end it became a kind of horrible dance. It was extremely exhausting: They just kept
coming, kept coming, kept coming.” Ellaria Sand and her daughter Tyene had one
of the most frightening death scenes in the entire series — and not a drop of blood
was spilled. Cersei handcuffs both Ellaria and Tyene to
opposite walls of a dungeon, and then poisons Tyene as revenge for the murder of her daughter
Myrcellla, forcing Ellaria to watch her own daughter die while she is helplessly
stuck. To make matters worse, Cersei promises to
keep Ellaria alive for some time, solely for the purpose of torturing her and prolonging
her suffering. Ellaria actress Indira Varma
said that she and Rosabell Sellers, who played Tyene, struggled with their handcuffs throughout
the entire day of filming — since they were supposed to fight against them, the cuffs
would occasionally come undone, but at other times, they got stuck in them. Varma was one of the last people on set that
day, and she found herself unable to get out of the cuffs. Finally, a crew member from the props department
discovered a solution. Varma said in an episode of Games Revealed, “Literally, at the end of the day, I was like,
‘Mate, I can’t get it off, can someone help me?’ and everyone’s gone. “Pete from props is like, ‘I think we need
a saw,’ and I had to be sawn out.” Emilia Clarke said that filming Daenerys’
final scenes was heavy, but one scene much earlier in the series really pushed her to
her limits as an actor. In Season 1, Daenerys eats a horse heart during
a Dothraki [Doth-RACK-ee] ceremony. The scene looked painfully realistic, and
many viewers probably wondered what Clarke was actually eating — whatever it was, it
couldn’t have tasted that great. Clarke wasn’t chowing down on real, bloody
meat, but the “feast” wasn’t much more appetizing. “She has to eat the whole heart? Hope that wasn’t my horse.” “She’s doing well.” The horse heart was actually made out of solidified
jam, and Clarke said the flavor reminded her of a nasty combination of bleach and raw pasta. In fact, she said she was so grossed out by
the taste that she barely felt like she had to act in the scene. And unfortunately, this was not the kind of
scene that she could just get over with in one take — shooting lasted for several days,
and Clarke said that she was physically ill. She told The Mirror, “I ate roughly 28 hearts throughout the days
we filmed that scene. Fortunately, they gave me a spit bucket because
I was vomiting in it quite often.” When Jon Snow and Daenerys finally met in
Season 7, it was obvious that there was a spark of instant chemistry between the two
characters, and anyone could have predicted that they would fall for each other. Romance was definitely on the horizon. At first, it seemed like destiny — fire
and ice were coming together at last. But in true Game of Thrones fashion, they
couldn’t simply hook up and then live happily ever after. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jon is actually
a Targaryen by birth, and Daenerys is his aunt. Needless to say, actor Kit Harington had some
mixed feelings about the scene. After years of working on the show, Harington
and Clarke are good friends, and filming a romantic scene together was undoubtedly going
to be a little bit awkward. Plus, knowing their characters’ family lineage,
Harington thought that Jon and Daenerys were making a mistake. Both actors relied on humor to keep the situation
a little more lighthearted. “I like looking at her and going, ‘Oh, God,
I’m sorry!” Throughout Game of Thrones, so many different
characters have come and gone, and there are always several major storylines going on throughout
the known world, so it’s only expected that some major characters rarely appear in scenes
together. For the most recent seasons, this has been
the case for Bronn and Cersei. But it’s not because their characters don’t
have any connection — after all, Bronn spends plenty of time with Jamie Lannister, Cersei’s
twin brother and not-so-secret lover. It’s actually because Bronn actor Jerome Flynn
and Lena Headey used to date, and the breakup must have been fairly tumultuous, because
both actors refuse to film scenes together. Flynn and Headey nearly had to share a scene
in Season 7, when almost all of the main characters convened at the Dragon Pit summit. However, attentive viewers may have noticed
that Bronn and Cersei didn’t even share a second of screen time — Bronn made a quick
exit and excused himself for a drink before Cersei arrived. Although the two split before late 2014, when
Headey began dating her current partner, the wounds must still feel fresh. But perhaps they will have to set their differences
aside for the final season. After all, Bronn is now supposed to be leading
the Lannister army and working for Cersei, so it will be interesting to see how the directors
work around this dilemma. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about Game of
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  1. Javier - Author

    Euton Greyjoy is only frightening in the books. The guy is basically a like a Davy Jones. The TV Show version is so watered down it's laughable.

  2. manifestgtr Author

    Wait…so you’re telling me that the dude who plays Euron isn’t ACTUALLY a dick waving psycho in real life?

    My childhood dreams are now officially dead : (

  3. MrPotatoes97 Author

    Well, I hope Kit realizes the Targaryns loved incest lmao so it's pretty normal if they ended up fucking on the down low while knowing

  4. Ştefan Grigoriţa Author

    Wait… Did Daenerys kill Elaria and her daughter? 🙂

    Because, according to the narrative, wasn't she supposed to be watching her daughter die?

  5. MEDiAgamer Author

    Lol! Lena Headey was worried about having an awkward conversation with her kids about the "walk of shame" scene? But she's okay with having the conversation about Cersei and Jamie being brother and sister and having tons of insets sex on the show? I feel like the "Walk of shame" scene would be easier to explain… Yeah I don't get the logic there. These actors are getting paid a shit ton of money to put up with these scenes. If they don't want to do a scene their pay should be cut in half for that day.

  6. Haitam Chouiekh Author

    I was more wild than those peasants during Cercei's walk of shame. I wish I was there to laugh my ass off. Would've snuck in and stabbed the bitch too.

  7. theo9952 Author

    So the naked milf beauty covered with stuff that looks like excrement, was not Lena Headey after all, except for the head. The miracles of high-tech filming !

  8. i_nano Tran Author

    Ya all are fools to believe they did porny scenes with their real akin exposed. Like, there are some1 on Earth believe MMA are real street fight competitions.

  9. The Lexicon Author

    I distinctly remember Jason Momoa saying he was horrified having to film some of Khal Drogo's earlier sex scenes with Daenerys. He said they were good friends and he had to film essentially forcing her while she cries, and he said he kept apologizing between takes, and that stuck out to me as the messiest one of the lot. Just… almost naked, twice as big as your costar, filming borderline rape while they fake-sob. I can see how that one would get uncomfortable. Surprised that didn't get a mention.

  10. twingray Author

    Sir Bronze and Cersi did have an scene together. After tyrion was hurt after black water bay cersi went to look at Tyrion scar in new chambers and at the same time Podreck Pain was sent to get Bronze to come to Tyrion. When she left they was on the scene together.

  11. Charmaine Balzan Author

    They all immorally damned her soul and sold her out damsel take or steal her mental strength of communication then throw her off the cliff

  12. Charmaine Balzan Author

    They don’t even seem to have the slightest clue they are their own reason why they make their own unhappiness! Envious Nostradamus writings unright here

  13. dandelgado11 Author

    funny…headey herself has a far better shaped body and obviously better 
    genes than her body-double which is more than 10 years younger than her

  14. HansKuhlmann Author

    Cercei and Bronn didn't have a scene together in season 8. That's the reason why Qyburn talked to him about the plan to shoot Tyrion.

  15. The Chosen One Author

    They portyayed their character to life with shame as they walk but for us they did it their best to give their best. I know fans like us aren't satisfied by the last season, but it took more than a thousand of people to make it work. Tv shows are different from books

  16. Sasha T. Author

    i love it how women have to explain why they wish to do or do not want to do something with their bodies, but no man gets this attention if he wants to use a different butt… 2019… really?

  17. The_Howler Author

    Lena heady did not do the walk of shame because she was 8 months pregnant, so for the wide shots she was CGI'd on top of a body double, but mostly close-ups were used.

  18. Lusade Devron Author


  19. P M Author

    Actually Jerome Flynn and Lena Heady appear in a scene together. Must be 3×01 or 3×02. Cercei walks out of Tyrions Room, while Bronn stays outside…

  20. Yoshiroo Kanagawa Author

    The directors are fucked up. Im s
    Seriously wondering why their budget was so low to not make things safer for the actors. Something called movie magic people and stunt doubkes. Acting is getting more abusive for these movies

  21. Kacie Author

    I don’t get why Bronn and Cersei’s actors were allowed to act like that? And why would they? That’s so unprofessional. Like build a bridge and get over it dude we all have exes we can’t stand…

  22. Engle Coulter Author

    Cersei and Bronn did have one scene together. I think it was right after Blackwater Bay battle. Cersei had just visited Tyrion to see his face and as she left with het guards Bronn walked past her to go to Tyrion's room. She never acknowledged him as she walked past.


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