Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is happy that mania for the popular fantasy series has died down, citing the popularity of the show as unanticipated. Headey portrayed Cersei Lannister starting in season 1, bringing her push for political power in Westeros to the small screen. Cersei would meet her end in Game of Thrones season 8 when Daenerys Targaryen attacked King’s Landing, crushing the queen alongside Jaime Lannister under the rubble of the Red Keep.
Speaking with Newsweek, Headey explains she is glad that hype for Game of Thrones has died down since the series ended. She explains she doesn’t dislike how loved the series was, but that she was looking forward to pursuing new projects beyond it. Check out what Headey had to say below:
Yes, it’s died down, thank God, because it was weird. And, not in any s***** way. You kind of go, ‘OK, that was amazing and unexpected,’ and then you’re like, ‘What’s next?’
Why Game Of Thrones Mania May Not Be Gone For Good
While Game of Thrones is over, the world of Westeros is just beginning to grow. Prequel series House of the Dragon has become a critical success as it tells the story of the Dance of the Dragons, long before the events of Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon season 2 is currently filming, with a possible release sometime in 2024.
Additionally, numerous Game of Thrones spinoffs have been confirmed to be in early development, including a prequel about Aegon Targaryen’s conquest. Another confirmed spinoff is the lengthily-titled Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, which will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas. With plenty of other stories adjacent to Game of Thrones in the works, the hype for the franchise is already very much alive.
However, Game of Thrones itself may not be fondly remembered by everyone who watched it. Season 8 of the series was polarizing for many viewers, making some feel as though the show had ended on a sour note. However, with spinoffs like House of the Dragon revitalizing interest in the franchise, perhaps the future of Game of Thrones lies in new stories across Westeros.