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Croatia Really Does Not Want Cersei To Get Naked In Game Of Thrones

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Finally, someone is cracking down on the rampant nudity on HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones! Of course, I didn't expect it to be the Croatian government, but they are indeed trying to make sure one GoT actress keeps her clothes on. A season 5 spoiler ahead!

Fans of George R.R.Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books know that after Joffrey's death and Tyrion's escape, the increasingly unhinged Cersei runs afoul of the High Septon, the head of the Faith of the Seven in King's Landing. It gets to a point where Cersei is imprisoned and, as punishment, is forced to make the ultimate walk of shame from "the Great Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep" while completely naked, in front of the entire city. It's humiliating to the extreme, but also a vastly important scene in Cersei's story.


But there's a problem. GoT films its exterior King's Landing shots in Croatia, where they needed to apply for a permit to allow actress Lena Headey to be filmed naked outside. But according to TMZ, the local Church of St. Nicholas very much disapproves of this, and has pressured the local film commission into denying the show the necessary permit.

So to be clear, a religious institution is forbidding to allow a woman to be naked out of doors to play a woman ordered to be naked out of doors by another a religious institution. That's wacky.


Supposedly showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have no intention of dropping the scene, but haven't figured out a plan yet (my guess is that the film it else where and CG in the rest of Kings Landing at great and unnecessary expense). So anyone who worried they weren't going to be able to see Lena Headey naked on-screen and had somehow forgotten 300 existed can breath a sigh of relief.