It is official, the universe hates me.
Game of Thrones is well known for featuring loads of sex and nudity pretty much constantly, but Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister has pretty much managed to steer clear of it so far. Despite wielding power in a truly Machiavellian way, Cersei has managed to largely keep her bewbs in her top. In the upcoming season however, fans will finally get to see Lena Headley strip down to her birthday suit. Maybe.
The problem is the crew are currently shooting in Croatia, where film crews need to get a permit to do everything apart from blow their noses. Producers have the necessary permits to shoot everything they need, except for a scene that involves Cersei Lannister strip off outside. There might be a huge fanbase dying to see Headley in the altogether, but the extremely powerful Church Of St. Nicholas in Dubrovnik isn’t. According to TMZ, officials from the church ordered the film commission not to give out the permits and the film commission obeyed.
As of right now Cinemablend.com states that no solution has been reached. The options seem to be that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss try to convince the local church authorities to allow the filming to go ahead; they could film Henley in flesh-coloured underwear and shoot from angles that would obscure any actual nudity; they could fly the production to another location outside Croatia to film the scene; or cut it completely.
Frankly, it’s unlikely that the scene will be cut. The scene in question is the moment when Cersei finally gets her comeuppance, being forced to take a Penance Walk, completely naked, across King’s Landing. It’s a pivotal scene for the character and apparently one of the reasons Cersei has remained relatively clothed over the years is because Lena Headey wanted the Penance Walk to be shocking. We do know the scene, despite the nudity, is a far cry from sexual or arousing. As a result, cutting the scene seems to be out of the question. How the producers manage to get around this is anyone’s guess at present, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.