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Villain Overview
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
~ Cersei subtly threatens Ned Stark.

Cersei Lannister is one of the main antagonists of the Song of Ice and Fire book series and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. At the beginning of the series she is the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She is the daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister, twin sister and lover of Ser Jaime Lannister, and older sister of Tyrion Lannister. She is the wife of King Robert I Baratheon and mother of Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen, who are all incest-born children.

Cersei serves as one of the two main antagonists of Season 1 (alongside Jaime Lannister), a secondary antagonist in subsequent seasons, one of the two main antagonists of Season 7 (alongside the Night King) and one of the two main antagonists of the second half of Season 8 (alongside Daenerys Targaryen). In the novels, Cersei serves as one of the two main antagonists (alongside Jaime Lannister) in A Game of Thrones, a secondary antagonist in the proceeding books, and the main antagonist of A Feast for Crows.

In the TV series, she was portrayed by Lena Headey, who also notably portrayed Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal in Dredd, and Morgana in Trollhunters.

Followers and collaborators of Cersei Lannister

  • Lord Qyburn
  • Ser Robert Strong (possibly, unless it follows Qyburn)
  • Lord Orton Merryweather (formerly, fled)
    • Lady Taena Merryweather (formerly, fled)
  • Ser Osmund Kettleblack
  • Ser Osfryd Kettleblack
  • Ser Osney Kettleblack (imprisoned by the Faith)
  • Grand Maester {Pycelle} (formerly, killed by Varys)
  • Lord Aurane Waters (formerly, defected, also previously served Stannis; currently gone pirate)
  • Ser Lancel Lannister (formerly, before the Battle of the Blackwater)
  • Ser Meryn Trant
  • Ser Boros Blount
  • Ser Balman Byrch (killed by Bronn)
    • Lady Falyse Stokeworth (killed by Qyburn to keep it secret that Cersei sent Byrch against Bronn)
  • Senelle (killed by Qyburn for reporting to Margaery)
  • Shae (killed by Tyrion Lannister)

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Trivia

  • Cersei, along with her brother Jaime, can be considered the main antagonists of the first season since they are Ned Stark's primary enemies. This was before Joffrey took the role in the finale.
  • Despite sharing the primary antagonist role in season one with her brother, she can be considered the Big Bad of the season since Jaime mostly answers to her, as do other antagonists.
  • Cersei is most likely the chiefest of antagonists in Season 6, since the entirety of that series, from her perspective, was developing her character to the point that she became powerful, dangerous and ruthless enough to massacre her own people, resulting in the devastation of King's Landing, the resulting suicide of her own son Tommen and the consequent coronation of Cersei Lannister as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Cersei is the second name on Arya Stark's death list for having Ned imprisoned for treason and for being responsible of the death of Lady the direwolf.
  • Cersei is not as villainous in the series, showing more love for her children. In the books it is implied her love for her children is more an extension of her narcissism.
  • In the novels, Cersei ordered Robert's bastards massacred (including an infant) without a shred of guilt. In the series, Joffrey performs this action, and Cersei is visibly horrified by it. This change is a useful microcosm for the different portrayal of Cersei in the television adaptation.
  • In the series Cersei says she knew how bad Joffrey was and was unable to control him. However, in the books she encouraged his behavior and thought of him as a strong ruler. At other times she thinks Tommen would be better, however Cersei in her chapters shows herself to be delusional and continually lying to herself.
  • In the TV series, Cersei Lannister is now known by many Game of Thrones fans as the Mad Queen for her great resemblance to the Mad King.
  • In the TV series, Cersei is noted for having a similar appearance to Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch. This is mainly because of her short similar hairstyle to Carol.

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