Lord Tywin rose as well. “A duty to House Lannister. You are the heir to Casterly Rock. That is where you should be. Tommen should accompany you, as your ward and squire. The Rock is where he’ll learn to be a Lannister, and I want him away from his mother. I mean to find a new husband for Cersei. Oberyn Martell perhaps, once I convince Lord Tyrell that the match does not threaten Highgarden. And it is past time you were wed. The Tyrells are now insisting that Margaery be wed to Tommen, but if I were to offer you instead -”
“NO!” Jaime had heard all that he could stand. No, more than he could stand. He was sick of it, sick of lords and lies, sick of his father, his sister, sick of the whole bloody business. “No. No. No. No. No. How many times must I say no before you’ll hear it? Oberyn Martell? The man’s infamous, and not just for poisoning his sword. He has more bastards than Robert, and beds with boys as well. And if you think for one misbegotten moment that I would wed Joffrey’s widow…”
“Lord Tyrell swears the girl’s still maiden.”
“She can die a maiden as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want her, and I don’t want your Rock!”
(A Storm of Swords)
the thing about cersei lannister is that she’s supposed to be the hottest woman in westeros. so hot that even ned stark’s like damn she’s so hot. NED STARK. ser honor. he’s like wow damn that blond hair those boobs winter is coming all right it’s coming in my pants.
and like, i think lena has done an admirable job with the cersei material she’s been given (which is a softer, more toothless cersei, which just goes to show you even when cersei’s not nearly as evil as she could be people are gonna be misogynistic as fuck about her) but even a diehard show cersei fan will tell you that show!cersei is not book!cersei
show!cersei is not sexual
and by cutting out her sexuality they’ve erased a lot of what makes her tick and a lot of what drives her mad because she’s this hyper masculine woman ideologically who’s really frustrated that the gods gave her tits instead of a sword but because she’s the hottest woman anyone’s ever seen she’s like fuck it i’ll use my sexuality because it’s the weapon i’ve got on hand (because cersei thinks like a swordsman she thinks in short terms she thinks a parry or two ahead and not beyond that she’s all tactics and no strategy)
and like we’re rapidly approaching the storylines where it makes no sense for cersei to do the shit she does in affc (sleep with the kettleblack, mostly) if she’s not an incredibly sexual character already, which she’s just blatantly not on game of thrones
and like the thing about her walk of shame in cersei ii is that the whole point of it is that she’s losing her sexual appeal she’s losing her long golden hair she’s losing her armor and her weapons and kevan’s like ha ha now everyone knows she’s just a mother with stretch marks and saggy tits but cersei’s like jaime always said i was beautiful and hair grows back and she finds a new fucking thing to weaponize (her newfound “”“”demure demeanor”“”“)
but how can the show take away her sexuality and her beauty when they never fucking let her have it in the first place? how can they express the deep profound loss she feels and the shame and the way her pride breaks at the last moment only to be buoyed by the hope of her revenge and the knowledge that she still has weapons left?
like, her hair can’t grow back if you never fucking let it out in the first place HBO
Sansa sat with her hands in her lap, watching how the queen moved and laughed and tossed her blonde curls. She charms them all, she thought dully. How I hate her.
-A Storm Of Swords, page 388
“For they are the knights of summer, and winter is coming.”
A Song of Ice and Fire alphabet:
↳ M for Mother