Usually, the most horrifying moments in movies and in television are the ones that give us just enough to create an image in our heads of what’s happening, before letting our imaginations fill in the rest. It’s a technique that can be extremely rewarding when done well, and was employed brilliantly in last week’s season six finale of Game of Thrones, as Cersei Lannister left Septa Unella at the hands of The Mountain.
It wasn’t really clear what exactly was going to happen in that scene, or how Ser Gregor Clegane, possibly the most brutal and vicious character in Thrones history (remember, he was the one who killed Elia Martell’s babies and then proceeded rape her with their blood still on his armor) was going to be torturing her.
The show didn’t give us much to go on either, just showing Gregor taking off his helm and staring down at Septa Unella’s screaming form as Cersei closed the chamber’s door.
While the actual torturous act itself is still open to debate, it sounds like the scene was originally going to be much worse for Unella than what we saw as well, but the show’s creative team decided to tone it down in the final cut, Lena Headey revealed while speaking with Entertainment Weekly:
“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.”
Taking into account Cersei’s unique use of “wine-boarding,” her self-satisfied smirk, and those final screams from Septa Unella, I can’t imagine the scene being much filthier or darker than it already was, though that’s probably why the team decided to cut it down for viewers. Honestly, when thinking about it as well, I’d probably take most things over being stuck in a room alone with Ser Gregor Clegane.
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