In the season finale of Game of Thrones this weekend, there is a scene — when most of the Westerosi leaders are at their pow-pow — where Bronn (Jerome Flynn) takes Podrick aside and they exit stage left to go grab a drink while the big wigs do their talking. It’s odd, but I didn’t think much of it until Ryan Harkness over on Uproxx (via Keith Phipps) alerted us to the fact that Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn hate each other:
Did you notice that conspicuous moment in the Dragonpit where Bronn and Podrick exit stage left for no apparent reason? That may be because Bronn actor Jerome Flynn and Cersei actor Lena Headey are on such infamously bad terms in real life that the production teams make sure they’re “kept apart at all costs.” Filming for the major meeting of Westerosi leadership took several days, and it looks like having Bronn disappear for the majority of them was the solution producers came up with.
It’s true. According to a 2014 article citing crew members in The Telegraph, Headey and Flynn — who used to date — are being kept apart at all time.
“Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms any more and they are never in the same room at the same time,” a member of the crew informs me. “It’s a pity because they appeared to have patched things up for a while, but now the word is they should be kept apart at all costs.”
There may be more to it than even that, as many on Twitter speculate that they have a clause in their contract stipulating that they cannot appear in scenes together.
If you think your last break up was bad, remember that Cersei and Bronn IRL have a clause in their contracts to not act in scenes together— lauren marcinko (@lomocinco) August 28, 2017
#TIL that the actors who play Bronn & Cersei used to date & broke up and are CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to never be in the same shot/scene.— Olivia Smart 🌷 (@_OliviaSmart) August 28, 2017
Of course, we don’t know why they hate each other. Maybe Flynn ditched Headey for a groupie during the ’90s, when he was a cuddly British pop singer. Or maybe it has to do with his two-year disappearance from public life, when he left to join a spiritual sect, an organization that has allegedly “broken up families and gained financially from vulnerable devotees.”
Alas, however, Headey and Flynn were romantically linked after both Flynn’s days as a pop singer and a cult member. Of course, Headey and Flynn’s relationship didn’t exactly begin on solid ground: Headey left Flynn’s best friend, Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), after an eight-year relationship to be with Flynn.