Cersei Lannister is one of the most polarizing characters in Game of Thrones. While some can appreciate the fierce love she has for her children, and the horrible situation she was in when married to the cheating and physically abusive Robert Baratheon; all of the other parts of her personality make it a little difficult for fans to root for her character to persevere.
If you can get beyond the whole incestuous relationship between her and Jaime, there is actually a pretty good love story there. It’s also commendable that she has become such a force to be reckoned with in a society that views women more as property than people of substance. While she has made it to the highest position in the land, her rise to power was made possible through the efforts of her father rather than her own decisions. In fact, many of the decisions she made on her own weren’t exactly the brightest.
In the fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin and his book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, the world is filled with the complicated struggle to obtain and maintain power in the Seven Kingdoms. In order to get through this fantasy world, one must adapt or die. Littlefinger said it best when he spoke about King’s Landing, saying, “We’re all liars here.” If you’re dealing with nothing but liars and manipulators trying to reach higher on the power ladder, it’s crucial to make the right decisions throughout your reign. While Tywin Lannister may have been able to get his daughter to the Red Keep and become the Queen, she didn’t make the best choices once she reached this position.
You’d think after six seasons of the series, she would start learning from her mistakes but it seems like things just keep getting worse for this golden-haired Lannister. Check out our list for the 15 mistakes Cersei Lannister has made in Game of Thrones thus far, and see how quickly she has been able to foul things up through her blunders and poor choices.
15 Sleeping With Jaime At Winterfell
14 Not Killing Lancel
13 Relieving Ser Barristan From The Kingsguard
12 Cersei Trusted Littlefinger
11 Her Dislike For Grand Maester Pycelle
10 Dismantling The Small Council
9 Enlisting Pyromancers To Make Wildfire In The Red Keep
8 Pushing To Have Tyrion Killed
7 Making An Enemy of Lady Olenna
6 Turning Against Her Brothers
5 Making Her Hatred For Margaery Known
4 Refusing To Marry Loras Tyrell
3 Refusing To Pay The Iron Bank Of Braavos
2 Didn’t Spend Enough Time With Tommen
1 Arming The Faith Militant
According to the book series, King Maegor Targaryen disbanded the Faith Militant centuries ago. This was a huge undertaking, since it’s hard enough dealing with religious fanatics, much less armed ones. While many think the Lord of Light has the most ruthless servants, the Faith of the Seven is a religion that definitely isn’t shy about enforcing the word in the Seven-Pointed Star. Trying to gain favor with the High Sparrow, as well as get Margaery and Loras Tyrell arrested, she rearmed the Faith Militant in one of the biggest blunders of the series. They became a monster she was no longer able to control, and ultimately led to her own arrest. The High Sparrow poisoned the mind of her own son against her, made her walk the streets of King’s Landing naked, and became the ruling force in the city. While she was able to rectify her mistake by the mass killing at the Great Sept of Baelor, she would never have been in that predicament in the first place if it weren't for her notion of arming these religious fanatics.
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