Queen Cersei Lannister is the only daughter and eldest child of Lord Tywin Lannister of Casterly Rock and his wife, Lady Joanna. When she was a young girl, her father promised her that she would one day marry Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and even when King Aerys II Targaryen refused the betrothal Lord Tywin refused to give up on those plans. Cersei lived at the royal court for a few years, where she grew into a beautiful woman, until she returned with her father to Casterly Rock. Following the conclusion of Robert's Rebellion, Cersei became Queen when she married the new king, Robert I Baratheon, in 284 AC.
Cersei has always been close with her twin-brother, Jaime. As small children, they used to play together and sometimes pretended to be each other. Since their youth, Cersei and Jaime have had an incestuous relationship, which continued even after Cersei's marriage to King Robert. Their relationship has resulted in the birth of three children, Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen, though everyone believes them to have been fathered by Cersei's husband. Cersei's relationship with her younger brother, Tyrion, is not nearly as close. She despises him for killing their mother in childbirth, and comes to resent him even more when hearing a prophecy about her own death.
An ambitious woman, Cersei resents being excluded from power on account of her gender. Read more...
- “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” – Oath of the Night’s Watch
- “I don’t know who my mother was.” – Jon Snow
“Some woman, no doubt. Most of them are.” – Tyrion Lannister 
- "Is there gold hidden in the village? Is there silver? Gems? Is there food? Where is Lord Beric? Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights? How many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many? Is there gold in the village?" – Arya Stark, stabbing in rhythm 
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- The original idea was to have an inkblot spilled over the page discussing the events of Summerhall from 259 AC in The World of Ice and Fire? However, George R. R. Martin's editor Anne Groell believed that they would get thousands of returns if they went ahead with that plan, as people would likely think it was a printing error.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 68, Jon VIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I, 40.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Stockholm and Archipelacon Report (June 28, 2015)
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
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