Why Lena Headey Deserves the Emmy for 'Game of Thrones'

She's the vinegar in the show's sumptuous feast

Photo: Neil Davidson/HBO

As Cersei Lannister, matriarch of the Seven Kingdoms and one-half of television’s most famous incestuous couple, Lena Headey, who’s nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, is the vinegar in Game of Thrones‘ sumptuous feast.

First introduced as a standard Evil Queen archetype, over the course of four seasons Cersei has benefitted the most from the story’s transition from page to screen.

With the slightest arch of her eyebrow and break of her voice, Headey, 40, makes real the rage and insecurity that lie at the heart of Cersei’s villainy. She’s the raw nerve of Westeros, and she’s impossible to ignore.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET

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