Rachel Paige
August 30, 2017 12:02 pm

There was a moment during the Game of Thrones season finale that seemed a little bit…off. After all our friends show up at the dragon pit on the outskirts of King’s Landing, Bronn decides to make a sharp exit stage left, and invites Pod to come along with him for a drink. Suddenly, I just assumed that everyone else in the dragon pit — including Jon Snow, Tyrion, Brienne, Ser Davos, etc. — were about to meet a sudden end, and that Bronn had chosen to save Pod, and only Pod.

The moment felt out of place, and there might be a reason it felt weird, and also why it had to happen. Supposedly — and no, we can’t 100% confirm this — it’s because the actors who portray Bronn and Cersei, Jerome Flynn and Lena Headey, do not get along whatsoever in real life. Because of this, they can’t appear onscreen together.

According to a 2014 article in U.K.’s The Telegraph, which has begun making the rounds again following the Game of Thrones season finale, Flynn and Headey used to date and had a horrible falling out. According to a source working on the show at the time in 2014, “Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms any more and they are never in the same room at the same time. 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.”

It’s not like Cersei and Bronn ever shared a whole lot of screen time on the show, but if this is true, it was made widely apparent during “The Dragon and the Wolf.” As Uproxx points out, “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.” Otherwise, there really isn’t a valid point, plot-wise, to have Bronn leave the pit.

Supposedly — and once again there’s literally no way to confirm this but the internet believes it to be true (but don’t trust everything you read on the internet, come on) — Flynn and Heady actually have a clause in their Game of Thrones contract that states they cannot share screen time together. There is one time where they were together, but they don’t have any dialogue, and Cersei doesn’t even acknowledge Bronn as she walks by:

Whether this is true or not remains to be confirmed, and probably never will, because everyone involved in Game of Thrones has bigger things to worry about. However, this backstory would explain why Bronn left the pit, and while even though he was Jaime’s BFF this past season, we never saw him interact with Cersei. Just some Westerosi drama for you today!