I know I missed last night’s cocktail, mea culpa. But I wanted to make sure this one got in before the premiere started.
Queen on Fire
1oz La Fée Absinthe
1 Sugar cube
Gold sugar rim
Dip sugar cube in absinthe and place on absinthe spoon above glass. Set on fire. Whenever you’re ready, douse with water. Enjoy while watching the world burn.
(Note: I don’t actually recommend drinking absinthe this way. It’s kind of a pain in the rear, to be honest, and just dissolving the sugar cube using water is much easier.)
Laura Hudson wrote an excellent essay this week defending Cersei, and I’m not going to quote all of it even though I want to.
“Although some of the hatred directed at Cersei (both by characters in the show and fans of it) pertains to the selfish and politically foolish decisions she makes, from her initial embrace of the Faith Militant to her destruction of the Tyrell alliance, her experiences in the halls of politics and the way she practices power cannot be disentangled from her experiences as a woman. While Jaime shied away from political clout, perhaps because it was always on offer and he had nothing to prove, Cersei has desperately sought it out, at least partly as a remedy for the powerlessness she has felt throughout her life. Nor has it ever truly provided security: Even after she ascended to the most powerful position in Westeros as Queen Regent, she still was not immune from the traumas that have haunted her life — from being “sold to some stranger like a horse” to Robert Baratheon drunkenly raping her to the Walk of Atonement itself — all of which were caused, or at least not prevented by, the men closest to her.
Cersei’s most villainous choices originate in this primal sense of deprivation and fear, her need for enough power to protect both her family and her brittle sense of autonomy. Even Cersei’s relationship with her brother is an act of rebellion that allows her to reassert control over her own body, which is otherwise treated as a tool for sex and birth to be controlled by men. Her vendetta against Margaery is similarly related to a fear of losing the two things she cares about most: political power and the love of her sons.”
It still makes me angry that the show cut the last sentence of Maggy the Frog’s prophecy to Cersei—that she would die at the hands of her ‘little brother’. By depriving Cersei of that motivation, we lose the anchor behind so many of her actions. But Lena Headey is so amazing in the role that we still get some of that background communicated even though it’s not in any of the dialogue.
I don’t think she’s going to survive this season. I’m going to miss her terribly when she’s gone. (Also, my money is totally on Jaime as the valonquar who will kill her.)