No seriously, this Cersei comparison is blowing my mind. Here’s her thoughts on arming the Faith:
Cersei could not help but smile. Even her lord father could have done no better. At a stroke, she had rid King’s Landing of the plague of sparrows, secured Tommen’s blessing, and lessened the crown’s debt by close to a million dragons. Her heart was soaring as she allowed the High Septon to escort her back to the Hall of Lamps.
Let’s just fix this slightly…
Benioff and Weiss could not help but smile. Even George R.R. Martin could have done no better. At a stroke, they had rid themselves of the need to establish Arianne Martell, secured audience buy-in to Dorne through Ellaria, and improved upon Jaime Lannister’s Riverlands arc by giving him real action. Their hearts were soaring as they placed the casting call for three Sand Snakes.