the thing about cersei lannister is that she’s supposed to be the hottest woman in westeros. so hot that even ned stark’s like damn she’s so hot. NED STARK. ser honor. he’s like wow damn that blond hair those boobs winter is coming all right it’s coming in my pants.
and like, i think lena has done an admirable job with the cersei material she’s been given (which is a softer, more toothless cersei, which just goes to show you even when cersei’s not nearly as evil as she could be people are gonna be misogynistic as fuck about her) but even a diehard show cersei fan will tell you that show!cersei is not book!cersei
show!cersei is not sexual
and by cutting out her sexuality they’ve erased a lot of what makes her tick and a lot of what drives her mad because she’s this hyper masculine woman ideologically who’s really frustrated that the gods gave her tits instead of a sword but because she’s the hottest woman anyone’s ever seen she’s like fuck it i’ll use my sexuality because it’s the weapon i’ve got on hand (because cersei thinks like a swordsman she thinks in short terms she thinks a parry or two ahead and not beyond that she’s all tactics and no strategy)
and like we’re rapidly approaching the storylines where it makes no sense for cersei to do the shit she does in affc (sleep with the kettleblack, mostly) if she’s not an incredibly sexual character already, which she’s just blatantly not on game of thrones
and like the thing about her walk of shame in cersei ii is that the whole point of it is that she’s losing her sexual appeal she’s losing her long golden hair she’s losing her armor and her weapons and kevan’s like ha ha now everyone knows she’s just a mother with stretch marks and saggy tits but cersei’s like jaime always said i was beautiful and hair grows back and she finds a new fucking thing to weaponize (her newfound “”“”demure demeanor”“”“)
but how can the show take away her sexuality and her beauty when they never fucking let her have it in the first place? how can they express the deep profound loss she feels and the shame and the way her pride breaks at the last moment only to be buoyed by the hope of her revenge and the knowledge that she still has weapons left?
like, her hair can’t grow back if you never fucking let it out in the first place HBO
#cersei of the books is this ouroboreal generator of rage and sensuality#the one comes from the other:#she knows what people see when they look at her#it makes her furious#because when they look at her and see ‘westeros’s 1 hottie’ they don’t get to see her as politician or fighter i.e. as she’d like to be#she doesn’t want to be valued as a woman#but the weapons she has been given are women’s weapons#and she’ll use them just because they’re weapons#so she amps the sexuality and gets more and more spiteful with every smile and swish of the hip#she knows the role she’s playing and it’s a common one in the genre:#we get to see inside the head of sexpot evil queen and know how fucking out of her head pissed off she is at her character restrictions#rage and sex: that’s what drives her; that’s what she has.#what has show cersei got?#a mean son and a careless father#writers that don’t know how to write character without begging for audience sympathy#it’s cheaper and much much easier#and it’s going to get stuck static for the rest of the show#we’ll get to cersei ii and it’ll seem an arc of senseless cruelty#we’ll see scenes of lena crying in the cell#it’ll hurt and make the audience queasy#but it won’t have the same about-face audience implication of the book#(‘no matter how cruel she is she doesn’t deserve this’/’no matter how she has used her sexuality THAT THING is not what makes her evil’)#because she’s had audience sympathy the entire time—again: d+d don’t know how NOT to beg for that#and because those galvanic forces are absent in this cersei#she’s not cruel. she’s not furious. she’s not fighting. because she doesn’t have the arsenal.