In preparation for the highly anticipated HBO Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere on March 31st, I will be counting down by celebrating the 10 best quotes of season 2 and the most anticipated moments of season 3.
#10 Cersei Lannister – “The gods have no mercy. That’s why they are gods.”
Ringing us in with #10 is Cersei Lannister, portrayed by the great Lena Headey. I don’t know about you, but Queen Cersei is the queen that I LOVE to HATE. She is murderous, cunning, sly, manipulative, and beautiful. Queen Cersei is a woman who knows how to get what she wants. She realizes that being in power is the key to wielding power, and she doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. We learned that quickly in Season 1 as we saw Cersei demand for the death of Sansa Stark’s innocent direwolf, Lady.
What I enjoy most about Queen Cersei is her ability to seem vulnerable and weak, yet insanely powerful and devious. Some of the best moments of GOT Season 2 are shared between Cersei and Tyrion. Who can forget when Lena Headey’s Cersei painfully reminds Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion of the biggest joke that he ever played on her (by killing their mother in birth). And for fans of the book, you know the best, or shall we say the worst, of Cersei is yet to come. So, my 10th most anticipated moment of Season 3 will be to see Cersei do what she does best – desperately attempt to hold on to her power and rule King’s Landing in medieval style and grace.
Finally, I want to point out Lena Headey is a superb actress who should be recognized for her skill as Queen Cersei. Lena breathes life into Cersei and manages to make a cruel villain appear multidimensional. While she has proven to be cruel and vindictive, Cersei has also proven to be loyal to her family and to love her children above all things. She reminds us that Cersei was wed to a man she didn’t love, and was shipped off to serve him as a piece in her father’s game. While I can’t honestly say I will ever root for Queen Cersei, I will root for Lena Headey to continue to portray Cersei so magnificently, and to remind us that a “Lannister always pays her debts”.
So what are your thoughts? Do you love to hate Cersei as much as I do? What are you anticipating most for Game of Thrones Season 3? Do you have any favorite quotes from the first two seasons?