This article contains major book/Season 5 spoilers.
‘It’s crucial to the storyline’: Game Of Thrones production suffers major setback as Cersei Lannister’s naked walk of penance is banned by Dubrovnik church
By JASON CHESTER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:27 EST, 25 August 2014
The Game Of Thrones production team have reportedly been prohibited from shooting a crucial topless scene at its planned location in Croatian capital Dubrovnik.
Filming is currently well underway for the forthcoming fifth series of the hit HBO show, but a scene that required central character Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, to leave a church walk through the streets of King’s Landing in the nude has been rejected by the city’s Church of St. Nicholas.
Billed as Cersei’s ‘walk of penance,’ the sequence was to be filmed in the Stradun street between Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Sponza Palace.
But according to TMZ, the local film commission will not grant permission for the racy scene to be shot in Dubrovnik, portions of which double as the fictional citadel.
It’s understood that the church adopts a tough stance against open acts of sexuality, meaning the production team must find an alternative location.
MailOnline have contacted a Game Of Thrones spokesman for comment.
Despite setbacks the scene will remain very much a part of the shooting script because, according to TMZ, it has a pivotal place within the story line and strong relevance to the original source material –George R.R. Martin’s novel A Dance With Dragons, the fifth of seven from his Song Of Fire And Ice series.
The author recently spoke out about the level of attention he has received as a result of the show, which originally launched on premium cable channel HBO in 2011.
‘A few years ago I came to Edinburgh wife my wife and we were able to listen to the street musicians and go to plays and comedy performances and the military Tattoo.,’ he told The Guardian. ‘ And, in the whole week we were here, maybe three people recognised me, and I was happy to sign an autograph for them.
‘Now, three or four people recognise me every block. I can’t go out any more; I can’t walk the streets. And it’s great to have all these readers and fans who, for the most part, are very nice people, saying they love the books and the TV show.
‘But there are so many of them and it just doesn’t end. Oh, and ‘selfies’! If I could clap my hands and burn out every camera phone in the world, I swear I’d do it!’
Martin made the comment while discussing how success has changed his life both for the better and worse.
Interestingly, he began writing professionally in the 1960s but only enjoyed real commercial achievement when the first four novels of his series A Song of Ice and Fire became Game of Thrones.
The next series is already made, but the following two series will only become a reality once he has physically written the novels, including The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring – neither of which has a release date.
Series 5 of the HBO series will air in April 2015.