WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones.
The highly-watched Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones certainly pushed the envelope when hinting at the destiny of the Iron Throne thanks to Queen Cersei's (Lena Headey) latest actions.
In a new interview, the actor revealed that she initially was resistant to one of the episode's most surprising moments when her character finally caved in and slept with Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk).
"I kept saying, 'She wouldn't, she wouldn't, that she would keep fighting," Headey said to Entertainment Weekly. "But [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] obviously know what they're doing and were adamant Cersei would do what she had to do."
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Many fans were left wondering why she conceded after rebuffing Euron's initial attempts to sleep with her, but Headey hinted it was more of a power play than anything else, since she can't afford to lose allies with Jon Snow's army growing in the North and the White Walkers coming too.
"There’s something to play in all of it," Headey added. "Cersei is such the ultimate survivor in all of this. She refuses to fall to her knees. She goes to the place where she doesn't want to go, which makes it more powerful and sad because of who she's not with."
This is a clear hint towards her separation from Jaime Lannister, who joined their other brother Tyrion at Jon's camp in Winterfell. As for her relationship with Euron, it remains to be seen how this ties into the pregnancy we found out about last season for Jaime, and what games Cersei will continue to play as she charts a future out for Westeros at King's Landing.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.