'Game Of Thrones' stars relive 'horrendous' 10-hour day filming torture scenes

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister tortures Hannah Waddingham's Septa Unella in Game of Thrones' S6 finale The Winds of Winter (HBO/Sky Atlantic)
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister tortures Hannah Waddingham's Septa Unella in Game of Thrones (HBO)

Game Of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Hannah Waddingham have joined forces to discuss the ‘horrific’ 10-hour day spent filming a torture scene.

The duo are scene partners in a number of Game Of Thrones’ most iconic sequences, but most recently have opened up on one particular scene where Septa Unella (Waddingham) is waterboarded by a vengeful Cersei Lannister (played by Headey).

Describing the scene as ‘traumatic’, Waddingham has since spoken out about how she was strapped to a table for 10 hours as wine was repeatedly poured onto her face by Headey.

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Reliving the moment alongside Headey in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Waddingham said: “People are always quite shocked that that actually did happen in reality and there was nothing CGI’d.

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"One thing I’ve said a lot is that both of us were quite uncomfortable about it, but as with all these things, you know that they’re not actually going to kill you so you just get on with it and do it.”

“Yes, that was, for you, horrendous,” Headey responded.

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“Someone else asked me about that the other day and I was like, you know, as an actor we all have boundaries or no boundaries.

“And no boundaries are obviously very thrilling when you can go to a place… but something like that when you’re tied down, it made me feel horrendous doing that scene with you.”

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

In a previous interview, Waddingham admitted she was so traumatised by the experience she had to speak to a counsellor about suffering claustrophobia.

She was also left with a fear of water as a result of the torture scene.

The women’s friendship was somewhat cemented as a result of their brutal scenes together, which includes most prominently the ‘Shame’ walk.

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Septa Unella and Cersei Lannister in 'Game Of Thrones'. (HBO)
Septa Unella and Cersei Lannister in 'Game Of Thrones'. (HBO)

In the scene, which later spurred on the waterboarding revenge, Cersei was stripped naked with her head shaved, and forced to walk through the streets as residents pelted her with fruit and yelled at her.

Septa Unella walked slowly behind her, ringing a bell and reciting the word ‘shame’ as she encouraged onlookers.

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