POP CULTURETVGAME OF THRONES: Strategy Guide Cersei Edition

 As we are well into the eighth season of Game of Thrones, it seems that Cersei Lannister is moving quite swimmingly in her plans to take over the Seven Kingdoms as Queen of Westeros. Especially now that Dany’s army has taken severe losses in the battle with the undead. Cersei is in a more-than-advantageous position to take over, not to mention, execute her plans in murdering her two brothers, Jaime and Tyrion, as foreshadowed in...
Serana Stuve3 years ago11567 min
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 As we are well into the eighth season of Game of Thrones, it seems that Cersei Lannister is moving quite swimmingly in her plans to take over the Seven Kingdoms as Queen of Westeros. Especially now that Dany’s army has taken severe losses in the battle with the undead. Cersei is in a more-than-advantageous position to take over, not to mention, execute her plans in murdering her two brothers, Jaime and Tyrion, as foreshadowed in the episode prior to ​the Battle of Winterfell.​
Cersei Lannister: Indeed, she is the woman we all ​love ​to hate. At the same time, her tenacity and ruthlessly strong will to do whatever-it -takes to get the job done, is nothing less than stellar. The question is, will she be able to take a stand against the Targaryen-Stark team, who just won against the most daunting enemy that Westeros has ever seen? I think so.
Looking at the odds, they are definitely in her favor.  She now has an entire naval fleet–courtesy of Euron Greyjoy–and an entire army, willing to fight for her–not necessarily out of loyalty, ​but​ ​out of fear​, and of course Lannister gold. The Ironborn will play a huge role especially after she let Euron have her after a rather pompous, ​“If you want a whore buy one, if you want a Queen, earn her,”​ speech. Not trash talking here, (since I know we’ve all done it), ​but​ I’m just saying– ​it is​ kinda funny, given her hard exterior and unabashed contempt of everyone who isn’t her.
As we await the next episode, I have a strong feeling that Cersei should not be underestimated, despite images of Dany strutting around in previews spouting, “​We just won the Great War, now we will win the Last War,​” which, I presume, could be a front, or simply an overly confident attitude, seeing as 99% of the Dothraki were wiped out in the first few minutes of the last episode. At the same time, we also must remember that Cersei is not out of the woods quite yet. She still has a few small, (but perhaps big) things to take into account here:
1. She is pregnant.
2. The Prophecy.
The first one is obvious–she is preggo, and having a baby bump doesn’t do anyone favors, ever,​ but especially not during a time of war. Ifwe jump back to Season 5, Episode 1, we were given a glimpse of Cersei’s fate, which has proved to be true, thus far. Here are the main takeaways from the prophecy:
  • Cersei asks if she will wed the prince. Maggy responds, “You will never wed the prince. You will wed the king.”
  • Cersei asks if she will be queen. Maggy responds, “Oh, yes. You’ll be queen. For a time. Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear.”
  • Cersei asks if she and the king will have children. Maggy responds, “No. The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
  •  And last but not least, the Valonqar prophecy. Maggy concludes with “…​And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
  • Many presume that the last portion of the prophecy will result in one of Cersei’s brothers choking her to death, seeing as “Valonqar” is High Valyrian for “Little Brother.” However, in the latest episode, we were also given a hint that Cersei’s killer may also be Arya, according to Melisandre’s prophecy, ​“… ​brown eyes​, ​blue eyes​, ​green eyes​. ​Eyes​ you’ll shut forever.” Cersei, of course,​ has green eyes.​ ​So, who will be Cersei’s killer? Will it be Tyrion? Or will it be Jaime? Or will it be Arya, slayer of the Night King? Or, perhaps, Cersei will prevail, as she has many times before, and pull a fast one on us, right before our eyes. The question is, whose eyes will they be?

Serana Stuve

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