It’s been weeks since “Game of Thrones” Season 5 wrapped up but there are still some things that we can’t get over aside from that gut-wrenching ending, Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame is some of the things that we still dwell on up to this day.
Lena Headey has already voiced out her thoughts on her character’s walk of shame. Maybe the one thing that has a huge impact on us is that we never expected her character to be shamed this way. Cersei is powerful, deceiving and naturally gets away with everything. She’s the master of scheme, she’s the Blair Waldorf and the Regina George of this show so when we saw her walking naked with her golden locks all cut off and leaving bloody footprints behind, we were taken aback. Sure, she deserves it after everything that she’s done but we still believe that even though she keeps a tough facade she’s just doing all of these out of love for her children.
If you’re one of the people who was shocked with Cersei’s Walk of Shame, then you’re not alone but there is actually a history behind it. George R. R. Martin, the author of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire where the TV series is based from got it from a historical event and applied it to his epic series.
According to Time Magazine, Martin revealed that more information about Cersei’s walk of shame in a 2011 interview. He said that public shaming may look cruel, but the scenes were actually based from real-life case from Medieval Britain.
“Jane Shore, mistress of King Edward IV, was punished that way after Edward died. It wasn’t a punishment ever inflicted on men. It was a punishment directed at women to break their pride. And Cersei is defined by her pride.” Martin said.
Jane Shore wasn’t only mistress to the King but to several other noblemen as well. However, when the King died in 1483, he was succeeded by his brother, Richard who wasn’t keen of her presence. So later on, after taking the throne, Shore was accused of conspiracy and promiscuity and she was forced to walk through the streets of London while everyone calls her names and maybe even some threw something at her. However, Shore wore clothes when she did this walk and despite being sent to prison after that “walk” she later on was released and even found love again and lived her life as a “respectable” married woman.
Another thing that most of you don’t know is that the woman who walked naked in “Game of Thrones” is Cersee’s body double. Headey has been very vocal that she refused to go naked in the show and she also has tattoos and apparently pregnant during the time that they were filming this scene, which is why this scene required a body double and she now been named online as Rebecca Van Cleave, a 27-year old British-American actress.
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