Iron Throne’s new oc­cu­pant is not lack­ing in the bru­tal­ity stakes

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CLARISSE LOUGHREY

LON­DON: The Iron Throne has a new oc­cu­pier, thanks to sea­son six’s rather ex­plo­sive fi­nale.

Cer­sei Lan­nis­ter har­nessed the pow­ers of wild­fire, de­stroyed her op­po­nents, claimed rule of Wes­teros; all in a move which puts her in a po­si­tion of such bru­tal power that it drives fear even into the heart of Jaime him­self. There’s no turn­ing back from this point, and it’s a strike which didn’t come with­out its costs; when her only sur­viv­ing child Tom­men killed him­self after re­al­is­ing his wife Mar­gaery had be­come one of Cer­sei’s ca­su­al­ties. And with that death, dies one of the last hu­man­is­ing pangs of Cer­sei’s char­ac­ter.

“There’s that mo­ment where she goes to see dead Tom­men and she thinks, ‘Ah. Well. I’ll (take the crown)’. It’s so wrong,” Lena Headey told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly.

In­deed, Cer­sei’s re­venge was one both ut­terly de­praved and ut­terly tri­umphant in its bru­tal­ity; none more so than her treat­ment of Septa Unella AKA the “Shame!” Nun, now left at the tor­tur­ous hands of the Moun­tain.

“Ev­ery­one is go­ing to be aghast and thrilled and an­noyed they’re on Cer­sei’s side for a minute,” Headey said. “I don’t think peo­ple will be able to help go­ing, ‘Yes!’ But it’s so de­praved, it’s bril­liant. The scene was meant to be worse, but they couldn’t do it. This is like the tame ver­sion. It’s pretty bad still, though. I’d take be­ing ex­ploded in the Sept over that any day.”

And, for now, Cer­sei reigns. But for how long? “I couldn’t be­lieve it, ob­vi­ously. I was re­ally shocked,” Headey en­thused. “I read it like nine times, like, ‘You’re jok­ing!’ Then I’m left to won­der who’s go­ing to take her down. She may only be there for a sec­ond. You do think, ‘What the f*** comes next?’”

“Then we start again to play that game we all play each sea­son, ‘Who’s go­ing to be on the Iron Throne next?’”, as she be­lieves Cer­sei’s power grab cer­tainly won’t be long last­ing. “Not a chance in hell. It’s a punc­tu­a­tion in the mad­ness.”

But who will mark the end of Cer­sei’s life? “I think it has to be Arya or Tyrion,” Headey stated. “No one would rel­ish her death as much as (Tyrion) would.” – The In­de­pen­dent

Fear­ful power har­nessed by Cer­sei Lan­nis­ter.

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