In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary Clinton compared the vitriol she faced on the campaign trail to Cersei Lannister’s walk of atonement in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
In a passage contemplating the role sexism played in her failed presidential bid, Clinton wrote, “Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count.”
“They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in Game of Thrones chanting, ‘Shame! Shame!’ while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep,” Clinton wrote.
Hillary Clinton signs copies of her new book, “What Happened” at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Union Square on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
In Season 5, Cersei was stripped and marched through the streets of King’s Landing as citizens jeered and threw garbage at her.
Actress Lena Headey told Entertainment Weekly there was a part of her that was “f—ing terrified” getting in the character’s mindset to film the emotional public shaming scene.
Patrons fall in line to purchase Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book “What Happened” at Barnes & Nobles located at 33 East 17th Street in Manhattan on Tuesday September 12, 2017. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)
“I can’t even imagine people wanting your blood. Cersei has done wrong, but she doesn’t really deserve this,” Headey said.
In her memoir, Clinton said she was taken aback by the “flood of hatred” she faced in the run-up to election day, saying she was “one of the most admired public servants in America” after her tenure as Secretary of State.
She wrote, “Now people seemed to think I was evil…Was this all because I’m a woman? No. But I believe it was motivation for some of those chanters and some of that bile.”