Dec. 05, 2010
60 min.
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Game of Thrones

In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Great Houses (Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Arryn, Martell, Tully and Tyrell) fight among themselves for a right to rule the Iron Throne. Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea bigger threats are rising until its a right moment to take a revenge. Based on R.R. Martin's novels.

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Cersei Lannister Game of Thrones
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Cersei Lannister of House Lannister is the older twin sister of Jaime and is the only daughter of Tywin Lannister. She is physically beautiful and intelligent, but she is also greedy, cruel, manipulative, and amoral; she is also short tempered and quick to hold grudges, as well as often rushing into situations without pausing to consider the consequences of her actions. She shares her father's belief that to be feared is better than to be loved; however, unlike her father, Cersei has never learnt to temper ruthlessness with pragmatism and good judgement.

She often feels that she should have been born male and given a sword, and she resents the restrictions put on her because she is female. Several characters state that she wants power but does not wield it well. She is inseparable from Jaime, and the pair have maintained an incestuous relationship since they were young. On the other hand she despises her younger brother, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, as she holds him responsible for their mother's demise and has never forgiven him since then.

Fifteen years before the events of the series, Cersei married King Robert Baratheon and became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but did not take on the Baratheon name after becoming Robert's queen. She neither loved nor respected Robert because he called her Lyanna while consummating the marriage. She had three children, but all three are fathered by Jaime rather than Robert. It is mentioned she had a miscarriage but it's never mentioned if it was Roberts or Jamie's. She is greatly concerned for the safety of her children, but she does not care about the rest of their well-being, provides them with little in the way of sound guidance or consistent discipline, and can react abusively when they defy or disappoint her.

Eddard Stark discovers the truth of her children's parentage. He offers her a chance to flee in exile before he informs Robert. She refuses to leave. She arranges for the death of Robert, and when he dies, she crowns her son Joffrey and names herself regent. When Eddard tries to publicly reveal the truth, she has him arrested for treason. Her brother Tyrion, serving as Hand of the King, curtails her policy and puts an end to her foolish decrees. As Jaime has been captured, she takes other lovers. When Tyrion is injured defending King's Landing, she lies to Tywin and has Tyrion's power stripped from him. However, when Tywin becomes Hand of the King makes it clear that she should no longer rule as regent and plans to marry her off.

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