Robbed of her right to a trial by combat, and her presumed plot to use the zombie-Clegane to pummel her way to justice, Cersei set a new plot in motion this week, taking advantage of the High Sparrow’s highly-publicised trial of Loras Tyrell.
In short: she laced the crypts beneath the Sept with pots of wildfire, and though Margaery grew suspicious from within the holy sanctum, it was too late. With a huge bang, the sept was blown up - and the High Sparrow, Margaery, Loras and Mace Tyrell, and Cersei’s uncle Kevan were all obliterated along with the Faith Militant, hundreds of Sparrows, and a few innocent people, too.
As the brutal mass-murder caused coils of smoke and trails of green flames to linger in the air, Cersei watches, calm as hell, drinking a glass of wine. It’s chilling.
Tommen, meanwhile, responds to the violence by calmly leaping from his window in one of the show’s most haunting deaths.
But Cersei, having come to terms with the inevitability of the prophecy she was told as a child, doesn’t even grieve her son, ordering the body burned and the ashes scattered. Later, she ascends to the Iron Throne, dressed in some silver shoulder-plates and kind of looking like a goth heading out in Camden. She’s finally queen by her own doing, not simply because she is a wife, or a mother.
However, she fails to realise that although she has vanquished the “younger, more beautiful” Margaery, thought to be the one to end her reign, there’s another young Queen-in-waiting just around the corner.
Oh, and she also captures Septa Unella, aka the Shame Nun, and, knowing that her religious roots mean she doesn’t fear death, subjects her to a very slow, painful torture at the hands of the Mountain.