Lena Headey Wasn't Sold on Cersei and Euron's Latest Development in Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

The debut episode of Game of Thrones's eighth and final season elicited a lot emotion from fans (and attracted a record-setting amount of viewers). Between the long-awaited reunions and Jon Snow finding out who his parents really were, season 8's first episode gave audiences a lot to talk about—including the shocking moment when it was revealed that Cersei Lannister slept with Euron Greyjoy. Many viewers were confused about why Cersei wold jump into bed with Euron so soon after she told him he had to earn her. Even Lena Headey, the actress behind the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, had to be sold on the idea.

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her character's new relationship with Euron, Headey admitted, "I kept saying, 'She wouldn't, she wouldn't, that she would keep fighting.' But [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] obviously know what they're doing and were adamant Cersei would do what she had to do."

While Headey worried that the scene might seem too out of character for Cersei, Pilou Asbæk—the actor who plays Euron—thinks that it could be interesting to show the Queen in a new light.

"We had a lot of discussions," Asbæk told Entertainment Weekly. "Would it be out of character for her to be with Greyjoy for power? We discussed it so much that we almost ended up going, 'Maybe it's too much.' Then we decided to try it out and see if it works. Sometimes you have to show different sides of a character. You have to surprise yourself as an actor but you also have to surprise yourself as a character."

Eventually, Headey saw it as a way to prove where her character stands without her brother/lover, Jaime Lannister. "There's something to play in all of it," Headey said. "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 sad because of who she's not with."

Euron clearly has ulterior motives in getting close to Cersei, even telling her he wants to "put a prince in [her] belly." He's power-hungry and will do whatever it takes to succeed, but two can definitely play that game. As far as we know, Cersei is already pregnant with Jaime's baby, although many fans believe she's lying. In the scene with Euron in the season 8 premiere, she's even seen drinking wine (something she declined to do in season 7, after telling Jaime that she was with child). On the other hand, however, some theorize she slept with Euron simply so she can tell people her baby is his, not Jaime's.

We'll see exactly what Cersei has up her sleeve when Game of Thrones's second episode airs on Sunday night.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The Psychological Tricks Disney Parks Use to Make Long Wait Times More Bearable

© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

No one goes to Disneyland or Disney World to spend the day waiting in line, but when a queue is well-designed, waiting can be part of the experience. Disney knows this better than anyone, and the parks' Imagineers have developed several tricks over the years to make long wait times as painless as possible.

According to Popular Science, hacking the layout of the line itself is a simple way to influence the rider's perspective. When a queue consists of 200 people zig-zagging around ropes in a large, open room, it's easy for waiting guests to feel overwhelmed. This design allows riders to see exactly how many people are in line in front of them—which isn't necessarily a good thing when the line is long.

Imagineers prevent this by keeping riders in the dark when they enter the queue. In Space Mountain, for example, walls are built around the twisting path, so riders have no idea how much farther they have to go until they're deeper into the building. This stops people from giving up when they first get in line.

Another example of deception ride designers use is the "Machiavellian twist." If you've ever been pleasantly surprised by a line that moved faster than you expected, that was intentional. The signs listing wait times at the beginning of ride queues purposefully inflate the numbers. That way, when a wait that was supposed to be 120 minutes goes by in 90, you feel like you have more time than you did before.

The final trick is something Disney parks are famous for: By incorporating the same level of production design found on the ride into the queue, Imagineers make waiting in line an engaging experience that has entertainment value of its own. The Tower of Terror queue in Disney World, which is modeled after a decrepit 1930s hotel lobby down to the cobwebs and the abandoned coffee cups, feels like it could be a movie set. Some ride lines even use special effects. While waiting to ride Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance in Galaxy's Edge, guests get to watch holograms and animatronics that set up the story of the ride. This strategy exploits the so-called dual-task paradigm, which makes the line feel as if it's going by faster by giving riders mental stimulation as they wait.

Tricky ride design is just one of Disney's secrets. Here are more behind-the-scenes facts about the beloved theme parks.

[h/t Popular Science]