Cersei Lannister is the eldest daughter of Lord Tywin and Lady Joanna of House Lannister. She is the widow of King Robert Baratheon and the Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms. Her son Tommen currently sits the Iron Throne of the kingdom and continent, while her only daughter, Myrcella Baratheon is currently in Dorne, bethrothed to Prince Tyrstane Martell.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Cersei, a cruel, ambitious woman, is the daughter of Tywin Lannister, former leader of House Lannister. She has a twin brother named Jaime, with whom she carried on an incestuous relationship for many years.
Cersei travels to Winterfell with King Robert and from the start, she is ever hard to please. She complains about King Robert wanting to pay respect to his bethrothed, Lyanna of House Stark, who was abducted by Prince Rheagar of House Targaryen. Later, she complains about the coldness and dampness of the North and is staunchly against King Robert discussing Eddard's promotion to Hand of the King.
A week into their stay the King, Ned Stark and most of the Court heads to the Wolfswood for a 3-day hunt. Back in Winterfell, while climbing atop the Broken Tower of Winterfell Bran Stark discovers Queen Cersei and her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer in an abandoned room, engaging in sex and afterwards discussing politics and the implications of the death of Lord Jon Arryn. Cersei sees Bran, and Jaime then goes over to him at the window, at which point Bran looses his footing and is hanging off the ledge. Jaime begins to help Bran up and then decides to push Bran from window before saying "The things we do for love."
A few days later, at breakfast Tyrion relays news from the maester to Cersei and her children that Bran Stark survived the fall and may live. Afterwards she pays a visit to Bran in Winterfell's Great Keep while consoling a greiving Catelyn Stark; sharing her own story of personal loss, a lusty black-haired boy that died at birth.
Cersei is awoken to the news of her father's death, and is filled with rage upon learning that the deed was done by none other than Tyrion. She meets Jaime in Tywin's chambers, demanding that the vast network of tunnels under the Red Keep be searched for any signs of her imp brother. Cersei orders the Kettleback brothers to dispose of Shae's corpse, and keep her location in Tywin's bed as a secret. Upon sending informants to search Tyrion's cell, only a Tyrell coin is found, prompting suspicion and a hunch that the Tyrell's may have been behind Tywin's murder. Cersei considers her uncle Kevan Lannister for the role of the new Hand of the King, distrustful of Lords Mathis Rowan and Paxter Redwyne, and angered by Jaime's refusal to take up the position. During Tywin's funeral, in which she accompanies Tommen, Cersei is frustrated by Lady Olenna Tyrell's underhand remarks. She is, however, attracted to Lady Taena Merryweather's offers to help bring Tyrion to justice. Cersei later meets with Kevan, proposing that he become the new hand, and is infuriated when he refuses, throwing wine in his face.
Cersei begins to hire out mercaneries with the task of finding and killing her convicted brother, but is only further disappointed when they return with the severed heads of random dwarves, none bearing any resemblance to Tyrion. During the wedding of her son, Tommen, to Margaery Tyrell, Cersei has the ceremony under close supervision in order to prevent any danger from reaching her son. She remains passive and coldly isolated for much of the wedding, finding solace only in Lady Taena, who gives her information regarding one of Margaery's maids spying on the Queen for her. That night, Cersei sets the Tower of the Hand on fire and watches it burn with satifaction.
Cersei eventually settles on Harys Swift as her new hand and assembles an entirely new Small Council consisting of new additions like Aurane Waters and Orton Merryweather. Her hatred for Margaery also grows due to her influence over Tommen, and plots to overthrow her. She seduces Osney Kettleback and commands him to try to initiate sexual interaction with the young queen, in order to expose her as a harlot and ruin her image with the public. She sends her brother, Loras Tyrell, to try to take Dragonstone from Stannis, to Margaery's horror. After she and Qyburn torture the Blue Bard, a known companion of Margaery, for information (though lacking validity) concerning Margaery's various "partners", they are able to compile a list of names including Osney, Jalabhar Xho, Bayard Norcross, Ser Tallad the Tall, Hugh Clifton, Hamish the Harper, Lambert Turnberry, and Mark Mullendore. Cersei then frames Margaery, who is imprisoned by the Faith shortly afterwards.
When Cersei visits Margaery in her cell, they engage in a heated confrontation, before Cersei herself is arrested and charged with treason by the High Septon after Osney is interrogated, revealing the Queen's plans. She is forbidden from having visitors, and is furious with rage.