The Game of Thrones cast is gathering in New York City for the Season 8 premiere tonight, but a major star, Lena Headey (AKA Cersei Lannister) is missing in action. Now, the last time Cersei skipped an event everyone else was attending, she was hiding away to blow up the Sept of Baelor with wildfire (in the Season 6 finale). But Headey assures her reason for absence is much less violent than that.

The actress explained in an emotional Instagram post that she wasn’t able to make the trip due to sickness. She announced the news with a selfie this afternoon and wrote in the caption:

Headey filmed her final scenes as Cersei last July, Huffington Post reports. She, like many of her co-stars, had a very emotional reaction after wrapping for the last time. “It was [sad], yeah,” she told HuffPost in February. “I thought I wasn’t going to let myself get to that point because I had the last day to get through. And then when I left and I got in the car, I broke down in tears and I was devastated.”

Though she portrays a villain, Headey is still rooting for her character Cersei on GoT. “Someone has to,” she told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on April 14 on HBO.

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