THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CERSEI LANNISTER

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Ever since I started watching and reading Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister has always been one of my least favorite characters. Still, despite the various crimes she has committed, I am starting to understand the way her mind operates. Almost everything she has ever done has been motivated by fear of the prophecy the witch Maggy the Frog told her when she was a child. As a warning, the following post will be based on an analysis of the show version of Cersei and not the version in the books.

The prophecy stated that she would not marry “the prince” but marry “the king” while she would have only three children and the king would have twenty. Also, it was foretold that Cersei would outlive all her children and even though she would become queen she would be overthrown by a younger and more beautiful queen. Finally, when she loses everything the “little brother” would come to kill her.

Cersei always thought Tyrion was the little brother, which was why she hated him, feared him, and desperately wanted him dead. Also, Cersei thought Margarey Tyrell was the queen who was destined to overthrow her. Now, however, it seems more likely that Jaime is the little brother and Daenerys Targaryen is the queen. The reason for this is because Jaime will most likely disown Cersei for blowing up the Sept of Baelor and causing their son to commit suicide. Jaime killed the Mad King in order to prevent that wildfire from detonating and now he realizes that Cersei is no different than the Mad King and that the woman he loved died with their son. Also, Daenerys is finally on her way to Westeros, leading the most powerful faction in the War of the Five Kings with more soldiers than either the Starks and the Lannisters combined in addition to three dragons. With those odds, it is almost completely likely that Daenerys will win the War of the Five Kings and take the Iron Throne away from Cersei.

Because of her upbringing, Cersei has barely had any parental love and guidance. As a result, she was desperate to find love any way she could, which resulted in her incestuous relationship with Jaime, and she never received the education she needed in order to rule. It has been proven in recent seasons that due to her lack of education and guidance Cersei is politically incompetent. This prevented her from seeing the long term consequences of her actions, which ultimately culminated in her completely destroying all of Tywin Lannister’s carefully planned work to secure House Lannister’s future. Her recklessness and uncontrollable lust for power has effectively turned all of Westeros against House Lannister. It could be fair to say that Cersei is a dog chasing a car when it comes to acquiring power. She wouldn’t know what to do with it once she has it.

Now that Cersei’s children are all dead and she holds the Iron Throne, we are about to see Cersei’s true, dark nature. By observing the similarities that Cersei shared with her son Joffrey I think it would be fair to say that Cersei would be a representation of what Joffrey might have been if he reached adulthood. In the books, Tyrion stated that Joffrey would have been a far worse king than the Mad King ever was so that is a scary thought. I predict that when Daenerys’s armies are at King’s Landing’s gates, Cersei will be forced to finish what the Mad King had started by igniting the rest of the wildfire. This will cause history to repeat itself and force Jaime to be the hero again just as he was when he slew the Mad King. That would be how Cersei is killed by the “little brother” since Jaime is her younger twin.

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