Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister is going to find herself in a very interesting position throughout the early stages of “Game of Thrones” season 3: after being so long either as the Queen or as a valuable adviser to her son Joffrey, she now really is in a place where the only person she really has at her side is someone that she has frequently disrespected over the years in Tyrion. Both characters have been thrust to the wayside thanks to Tywin’s arrival in King’s Landing, and their mutual fear of the new Hand of the King in many ways causes them to scramble.
In trying to sum up just where her character’s emotions are as of late, Headey said the following to Entertainment Weekly, with there of course being a shout-out thrown in here to a man in Jaime Lannister who is set to spend the early episodes wandering around with Brienne:
“She’s missing Jaime because he’s been gone for awhile … Interestingly her only ally is Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). It’s sort of an interesting dynamic between those two. They share a common ground because they’re both terrified of their father. It’s that interesting thing where children, if they’re frightened by their parents, there’s a competition between them for their father’s trust and belief. There’s an interesting teenage behavior between them, and she’s terrified of her father finding out who she really is.”
So what can Cersei’s end game really be at this point? She has more or less lost all of the control that she once had over Joffrey, and now her gears may have to shift to focusing on her own survival over the general well-being of anyone else. This may be something that is rather difficult for her to accept, but she may grow accustomed to the role over time.
What do you want to see happen with the character moving forward? If you want to hear more on the season premiere (arriving this Easter Sunday) courtesy of Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, you can do so over here.