All hail her grace Cersei Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
In one glorious episode of Game of Thrones, Cersei not only perfectly executed a plan to smite all of her enemies — the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, and the Tyrells (let's pour one out for Margaery) — but she also found herself anointed on the Iron Throne, becoming the first female ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Did any of your faves do that?
Lena Headey reacted to the Iron Throne shocker in the Season 6 finale, telling EW that Cersei's ascension to the throne was more so out of necessity, not desire. It was her taking control of her future: "Never again will anybody do anything to me that I don't want to happen," Headey said of Cersei's motivations.
"I'm left to wonder who's going to take her down. She may only be there for a second," she said. When asked if she imagined a long reign for Cersei Lannister, Headey added, "No. Surely not! Not a chance in hell. It's a moment of punctuation in the madness."
Either way, Cersei better buckle down. The seventh season will see the long-awaited arrival of Daenerys Targaryen in the West. And with Dany comes her newly appointed Hand of the Queen, Tyrion.
"I’m as excited as anyone to get Cersei and Tyrion back together," Headey said. "It just works. Those two characters are so interesting because there's so much hate, yet slight respect too. They’d kill each other if ever given the chance."
With Daenerys's armada currently on its way to Westeros, we have to agree with Headey about Cersei's brief reign. Not to mention, Jaime looked less than pleased to see his sister-lover on the Iron Throne — one, it means that Tommen is dead (R.I.P. you poor, sweet idiot), and two, he saw the devastation Cersei's actions left from the shore. So it would appear that Jaime has yet another mad ruler to deal with.
Would it be fitting for Cersei to meet her demise at her beloved brother's hands? It's certainly not out of the question. Given Tommen's suicide, we know Cersei's prophecy holds some weight.
"Yes, the prophecy finally comes true. Which is horrible," Headey said. "Yet at the same time, she has her greatest moment of triumph. She gets rid of all her enemies, that she knows of anyway. Then there's that moment where she goes to see dead Tommen and she thinks, ‘Ah. Well. I’ll [take the crown].' It's so wrong."
If we take another look at that prophecy, however, Maggy clearly told Cersei that she will outlast her children and die by the hands of "the valonqar." (Valonqar is essentially High Valyrian for "little brother" — and both Jaime and Tyrion happen to be Cersei's little brothers.)
Now that Cersei has officially outlived her children, she should really keep Jaime at arm's length. He just might be the key to her demise.
Of course, when it happens, Headey will be ready. "As long as it's kinda glorious and gory and it’s by the right person," she said. Like Tyrion, perhaps? "No one would relish her death as much as he would." Which is exactly why it's probably going to be Jaime. Think of how devastating that would be!