I know every Game of Thrones fan is probably raising an eyebrow right now. But before you throw in the towel and label her a villain let me ask you this? What did Cersei ever do?
I know she murdered her husband, slept with her brother, practically let her psychopathic son do as he pleased, and rained dragon fire on a significant population of Kings landing. But I mean, what choice did she have?
Imagine this, a young beautiful girl born into a house as strong and powerful as the Lannisters. She is eager to make her mark, please her father and vanquish her enemies. She comes upon Maggy the fortune teller who prophesies thus:
…Queen you shall be, until there comes another, younger and more beautiful to cast you down and take all you hold dear…and when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands around your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
If that doesn’t induce at least 20 panic attacks a day then I don’t know what will, and what that does is set the stage for thoughts like “you are headed for destruction” and “someone prettier is coming along to take all this away from you”
But Cersei is strong and determined, she is willing to take the chance and rewrite her faith, she persists.
Next thing you know, her brother Jamie kills the Mad King ending the rebellion and putting Robert Baratheon on the Iron throne. Cersei is then offered up to Robert Baratheon as a trophy wife, despite her prowess and her abilities.
She is left devasted and feeling like a worthless tool, but she has her brother Jamie. She goes on to bear his children and raises them-with all the motherly goodness her heart can muster-to be Rob’s heirs to the throne.
Then comes Edd Stark with his ideas-noble as they were-where going to land her and her children first place on a wooden pike. Guys you need to remember that Westeros is not a place for bastard children in the castle. Can you imagine what would have happened if the people found out the truth about her children? So she does what anyone would have which is execute every possible bastard child of Robert Baratheon (to secure the throne for her sons) and kills him and Nedd Stark too for good measure. Just another fine example of the lengths a mother would go to lengths to protect her children in times of war.
Yes, she was raising a psychopathic boy king -Joffrey but we all know of mothers who have insane devils as children but still swear by their innocence. Truth be told, by the time Cersei caught up with the reality of what Joffrey was things had gotten out of hand and there was nothing she could do about it. This is her son, the first fruit of her creepy incest with her beloved brother. Was she supposed to kill him? Is that what you would want? Does family mean so little to you? Do you not care for a mother’s love for her child?
Listen, Cersei’s hands were tied here…
Joffrey died anyways and so did her beautiful daughter Marcella. Then along comes little Miss Margaery who is as clever as she is beautiful (remember the prophecy guys) fluttering around and winning the hearts of the people. She even succeeds in wooing her youngest son Tommen away from her after Joffrey’s unfortunate demise. Cersei wasn’t really down with that but she was willing to let it slide. But little Miss Margaery had to go and bite more than she can chew, taking sides with the high priest who was just another power-hungry man in disguise.
Again, before you label Cersei Villain of the year tell me this, Is Jamie any better? Did he not stab the mad king in the back? The same king he had sworn to serve and protect? Did he not throw a little boy off a tower to cover his incestuous acts? How about Theon? Did he no betray his adopted family and besiege Winterfell?
Did even precious Jon Snow not betray Ygritte and the wildings? And then there’s Arya with the mass murders and feeding Walder Frey a pie made from his sons.
Oh let’s not forget Daenerys Targaryen who crucified over 100 former slave owners at Mereen.
I think we can all admit that there a lot of bloodbath in the seven kingdoms and across the narrow sea. Sometimes brutality and betrayal is really the best way to keep from winding up dead so I don’t see why Cersei should be singled out and tagged the bad guy.
If you recall the conservation Cersei had with Sansa Stark at the battle of Black Water before her marriage to Joffrey
When we were young, Jamie and I we looked so much alike. Even our father couldn’t tell us apart. I could never understand why they treated us differently. Jamie was thought to fight with a sword, and I was thought to smile and sing and please. He was heir to Casterly Rock and I was sold off to some stranger like a horse to be ridden whenever he desired
Cersei had suffered everything from being raped by Robert Baratheon to watching her children die to having to endure the walk of atonement and still couldn’t catch a break even after attaining the highest post in all of Westeros- Queen Regent.
“It’s a game of thrones and everyone that isn’t us is the enemy”
Cersei gets that, heck she said that herself. When you sit on the iron throne you become everyone’s enemy and this isn’t a place where the enemies are gentle or tolerant. This is a place where even the courtyard is a battle field.
Unlike Ramsay Bolton or her son Joffrey, Cersei was never villainous for the hell of it. Everything she did and would probably still do originated from her deep-rooted fear of not being good enough and not being able to protect the people that are closest to her-her children. Inside the mean, tight jawed woman we see is a soft little girl who is fighting to stay alive and doing just what the men would do when are war.