Book!Cersei is isolated. No one understands her, maybe not even Jaime. SHE’S COMPLETELY ALONE. She loses Tywin, Jaime, Joffrey, Myrcella and even Tyrion, she has no one, and she doesn’t ever acknowledge that THIS IS TERRIFYING TO HER. GOT!Cersei is slowly becoming isolated. She has important fleeting moments with Margaery, with Olenna, with Oberyn, with Tywin, SO MANY with Tyrion, with Brienne, with Joffrey, and earlier, all the way to the beginning, with Catelyn, and it’s giving us a dynamic Cersei, one who is seeing glimpses of the harsh realities within herself. And she is horrified because THIS IS WEAKNESS. Striking the son you love THIS MONSTER WHO YOU’VE SWORN IS AN EXTENSION OF YOURSELF, it’s weakness, it’s HITTING YOURSELF, it’s admitting your flaws. I love these moments with GOT!Cersei and other characters not just because it gives us shows us dynamics we never saw with Book!Cersei, but because underlying all of these moments is this desperation, this reaching out for help. She conflates all her vulnerabilites, all her flaws into this THIS WEAKNESS, that she’s been taught to abhor, and for these few seconds she’s able to at least see it, know that it’s hurting her, that her pain is valid. Cersei would NEVER ask for help (and the one time she did JAIME DIDN’T CARE! I DON’T CARE!). She is STRONG, stronger than everyone else. Right? Right? But we know this is all a mask, her abuse has changed her, made her hard, made her bitter, made her an abuser. But she’s survived, and she hangs on to that, not to the pain of that strength. She holds on to the dream. The dream is beautiful. She’s on the throne, she has beautiful children who are hers, a lover who is literally part of herself. The reality is she’s always looking on the throne, always looking beyond to whatever young thing will come to take her place, to whatever man will FORCE HIS PAIN ON HER. She’s AFRAID. She HATES that she’s afraid. She hides all her fears with alcohol and abuses others because the reality is too brutal (also she’s never been a nice person, so put these all together and you have a mess, A MESS). And before she completely breaks down, here she is lashing out, telling half truths, admitting the reality BUT JUST NOT ENOUGH to make any progress. And this is only going to make her eventual isolation and imprisonment worse. There were all these chances to find a connection beyond the Lannister sphere. To have SOMEONE, ANYONE, acknowledge her pain, and no one ever did. Everywhere they hurt little girls. EVERYWHERE THEY HURT LITTLE GIRLS. And nowhere in Westeros is there anyone who will help them.