Villains of Note: Cersei Lannister & Joffrey Baratheon

When it came time to choose this week’s villain to showcase, I knew I needed to talk about a Lannister, because Game of Thrones is back, baby! And what Lannister is more hated than Joffrey Baratheon?

Answer: none.

King Joffrey’s mother, Cersei Lannister, is also a feature of this week’s post. Why? Because I love to hate her.

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The House of Casterly Rock

They’re Lannisters. If you don’t know them, you must not be from the Seven Kingdoms.

Hear Them Roar

The officially sigil of the Lannister is a lion on a field of crimson, with the words “Hear me roar!”

Unofficially, we know they always pay their debts and are known to ruin most weddings.

The History of Their House

Cersei Lannister

She is the eldest child of Tywin Lannister, and the twin sister/sometimes lover to Jaime Lannister. She is sometimes known as the “Light of the West.” She assumes herself to be the rightful heir to Casterly Rock, since she thinks herself to be the Lannister who takes after Tywin the most in disposition.

Although she reigns as Queen Regent and Protector of the Realm, she is a leader in symbol only as the people of the Seven Kingdoms never truly respect her position. Throughout the series, she is depicted as being ruthless and quick to anger, with a growing dependence on alcohol.

She is extremely protective of her children and of her brother, Jaime.

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Joffrey Baratheon

Sometimes called “Joffrey the Illborn” or “The Young Usurper,” the young king was never loved by the Seven Kingdoms. He is assumed to be the son of the late king Robert Baratheon, but his true paternity lies within the Lannister family: his “uncle” Jaime Lannister.

After the untimely death of King Robert, Joffrey assumes the throne, and his cruel and sadistic nature is revealed by his treatment of his then-fiancee, Sansa Stark, and the execution of Sansa’s father, Eddard Stark.

SPOILERS**Joffrey meets his demise in the Purple Wedding, and no one really mourns his death. His uncle, Tyrion Lannister, admits that Joffrey would have been a worse king than the Mad King.

Favorite Scene

In the beginning of season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, there comes a very distinct moment when Queen Cersei realizes that her precious firstborn is twisted and venomous like a viper.

Even a mother’s love has its limits, and Cersei reaches hers pretty quickly.

Four for you, Cersei, for doing something every viewer has wanted to do since the first episode.

Cruel Dictators or Just Paying Their Debts?

Cersei Lannister

The only way to keep your people loyal is to make certain they fear you more than they do the enemy.

The Queen Regent is such a complex character that I can’t write her off as 100% evil. She’s a woman with ambition, and, although she’s a little lacking in self-awareness, she’s pretty darn smart too. She’s not a nice woman, and you know what? That’s refreshing. As she says, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

Cersei is playing to win.

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Joffrey Baratheon

There are some villains we love to hate, a la Moriarty or the Joker or Crowley, but then there are some we just truly hate. The only upside to this bastard is that he makes the Hound look like a fairly decent human being. To sum up, with a meme:

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Damn it, Batman.

xx-The Collectress

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