That 'Game Of Thrones' Scene With Cersei Got A Bit Too Real For Ellaria Sand

It was on the first day of shooting the season

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Despite being more hit and miss than previous seasons, the recent episodes of Game of Thrones weren't short on shocking moments, giving us scenes like Lady Olenna's brilliant "Tell Cersei it was me" and the Stark sisters joining forces to kill Littlefinger.

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One scene which not only disturbed viewers but the actors involved was Cersei's poisoning of Tyene Sand whilst her mother Ellaria was forced to watch her die while gagged and in chains.

A new behind-the-scenes video discussing the scene reveals that Indira Varma, who plays Ellaria, was actually tied up in heavy duty wrist-wear which became stressful.

"Rosabell and I had to wear manacles and we were tied to the wall and we had trouble, because either they'd come undone, because we were fighting against them, or couldn't get them off," she said.

"Literally, at the end of the day, I was like 'mate, I can't get it off, can someone help me?' and everyone's gone. Pete from props is like, 'I think we need a saw,' and I had to be sawn out."

"It was literally the first day shooting of the season, and it's a four-and-a-half page, incredibly intense scene," director Mark Mylod explained. "So it was a heck of a thing to ask Indira and Lena and Rosa to drop into on day one of shooting."

Varma has previously opened up about the scene, commenting on her initial frustration at not being able to speak.

"When I first read the scene I was irritated that I had no dialogue," she said. "But I couldn't second guess where Cersei was taking it which was compelling. And, by the end, I thought what a genius bit of revenge and writing."