Game of Thrones
Today’s countdown character is Cersei Lannister. Cersei is the daughter of Tywin and Joanna Lannister, twin sister to Jaime Lannister, and older sister of Tyrion Lannister. Cersei is described as a great beauty with flowing golden hair and piercingly-vivid green eyes.
Cersei considers herself somewhat of a political expert, and likes to dabble in the official affairs of running the kingdom, especially where her family is concerned. Cersei is both cunning and vicious, and does not mind stabbing her political opponent in the back to get what she wants; a fact that Lord Eddard Stark learned the hard way.
Cersei has three children that are presumed to be the now deceased King Robert Baratheon’s offspring. However, her children are in fact the product of an incestuous relationship between Cersei and her twin brother, Jaime. Cersei and Jaime justify their sexual relationship by comparing themselves to the Targaryens, who practiced inbreeding to keep their bloodline pure.
Cersei loathes her younger brother Tyrion, and blames him for their mother’s death, as she died giving birth to Tyrion. When Tyrion was an infant, Cersei would pinch him to make him cry. As adults, the two have a rivalry that borders on down right hatred.
In season 3, Cersei works King’s Landing like a chess board, moving key members of her family and the royal court, in order to make House Lannister, and her son Joffrey in particular, even more powerful. Cersei has become very leery of Margaery Tyrell, who is betrothed to her son, King Joffrey.
Margaery shows the type of cunning that Cersei understands, and therefore she does not trust the would-be Queen. Of note, Cersei does not relish the loss of power that she now holds as the Queen regent, and once Margaery marries her son, then she will no longer hold the power that she craves and worked so hard for.
Where do you think Cersei’s story will go in season 4? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, tell me who you would like to see as the next countdown character.