Game of Thrones: Cersei Lannister’s journey to Season 8

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We meet Cersei Lannister in the series premiere after King Robert, Cersei’s husband, travels to Winterfell to ask Lord Eddard Stark (aka Ned Stark) to become Hand of the King. Everything would have gone smoothly had Cersei and Jaime not been caught having sex by Bran Stark, Ned Stark’s son.

Jaime pushes him down a tower to keep he and Cersei’s affair a secret and this is what kickstarts a war between the Lannister’s and Stark’s, as Catelyn Stark (Bran’s mother) suspects the Lannister family of being behind the attempted murder of her son.

Cersei’s plan to make Robb bend the knee at the request of Sansa backfires when, despite Ned Stark agreeing to the terms (confessing to his “crimes”), Joffrey has Ned decapitated by Ser Ilyn Payne. A choice Joffrey made on his own, not listening to his mother’s advice.

This sends Cersei’s life spiraling down. Her brother and lover Jaime is held prisoner by the Stark’s, her daughter, Myrcella, is shipped away to Dorne for an arranged marriage, and her oldest, Joffrey, is set to marry Margaery, who had plans of her own and is as manipulative as Cersei.

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO via HBO Media Relations /

As tough as all of that was for Cersei, though, nothing prepared her for the death of Joffrey in “Purple Wedding” and the events that quickly followed. Cersei blames her brother Tyrion for poisoning Joffrey, though we later learn it was really Margaery’s grandmother, Olenna Tyrell.

Margaery is then instead married to Tommen, Cersei Lannister’s second child. Though much more kind than his older brother, Tommen still has a lot to learn and is not at all interested in being king. Tommen commits suicide as the loss of Margaery and weight of being King is too much for him. Cersei’s daughter Myrcella also dies, poisoned while in Dorne.

With all her three of her children gone, Cersei is determined now more than ever to hold on to the Iron Throne and is willing to destroy anyone who stands in her way. Despite knowing of the great threat the Night King and White Walkers are, she only pretends to join the fight against them, but has sinister plans and hidden motives.