Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers up ahead!
Over the last couple of months, all our undivided attention descended on the deadly shenanigans at the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Indeed, this season saw oaths broken, alliances adjusted, families reunited, forgotten souls make bold returns and naturally, as always, an immeasurable amount of blood spilled in every corner of this brutal, fantasy world. Undoubtedly, Game of Thrones really pulled out all the stops in the sixth season, providing us with some of the in recent television history.
And one of the plot twists that really raised the bar was in , The Winds of Winter. When Cersei landed herself on the Iron Throne, it wasn’t without a slew of human sacrifices and gratuitous brutality unleashed on her enemies. And while Margaery Tyrell, Loras, The High Sparrow, Lancel Lannister, Grand Maester Pycelle all met their crispy ends amongst a flurry of other sparrows in , it was Cersei’s treatment of Septa Unella that really raised eyebrows — here’s the blood-curling moment if you need reminding:
Indeed, the woman who ‘shamed’ the Queen of Westeros got a taste of her own horrendous methods and as it appears, perhaps even worse. Although it’s not made crystal clear, many interpreted that The Mountain went on to actually horrifically sexually assault Unella after the door to the chamber was closed by Cersei.
However, according to Lena Headey, the torturous reality of what the original scene was actually going to be is far worse. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed:
“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.”— HBO
“This is like the tame version. It’s pretty bad still though. I’d take being exploded in the Sept over that any day.”
As for what the original version was to entail remains unknown. Yet considering Ser Gregor’s past crimes include bashing the skull of a child (Aegon Targaryen) against a wall before raping and murdering Elia Martell, there appears no limit to what The ‘Zombie’ Mountain could have actually done to the High Sparrow’s most devoted follower.
What do you think actually happened to Septa Unella?