*SPOILERS FOR SEASON 5 OF GAME OF THRONES AHEAD*
A major scene in Season 5 of Game of Thrones
has hit a roadblock in the form of the local Church Of St. Nicholas and the authorities of Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the scenes in King's Landing are filmed. HBO has obtained all of the necessary permits save for one that allows them to film a particular scene involving Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey.
In the scene, Cersei is forced to do a "Penance Walk" down the streets of King's Landing naked and completely shaved. It's George RR Martin's way of saying Cersei can't be a rude psycho queen forever, and it's finally her just desserts. It's a scene fans of the books and even the crew have been looking forward to for the entire series. In fact, this scene has been the reason Headey has kept Cersei dressed up
: to make the scene even more shocking.
The local film commission
has not given permission for the nude scene to be shot in the capital next to the Dubrovnik Cathedral, as the church has "a rigid policy against public displays of sexuality." However, the scene can't be cut from the show because it's crucial to the plot.
What do you think HBO should do to keep the scene? Do you agree with the church's choice to block the scene?
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