i am a lioness i will not cringe for them


         Her hair is growing back.

         Not enough to wear in the elaborate styles once preferred, but simple
braids  held  in place with jeweled pins keep it back from her face  even  as
the ocean breeze attempts to tousle it out of place.  The shoreline has long
since vanished from her view, but she keeps gaze locked on the horizon all
the  same in hopes that something, anything might break the monotony  of
water all around them.

         She adores the shore. Does not so much adore the sea.

         Turns  to find Jaime at her side, watching the scenery the same  way
she is. “Do you still believe this the right choice?”


The wildfire was cleansing her, burning away all her rage and fear, filling her with resolve. “The flames are so pretty, I want to watch them for a while.”

  • Aries: If I look back I am lost. (Daenerys Targaryen, ADWD)
  • Taurus: Vengeance. Justice. Fire and blood. (Doran Martell, AFFC)
  • Gemini: There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man. (Varys, AGOT)
  • Cancer: My skin has gone from porcelain, to ivory, to steel. (Sansa Stark, ASOS)
  • Leo: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes. (Tyrion Lannister, AGOT)
  • Virgo: Fear cuts deeper than swords. (Arya Stark, AGOT)
  • Libra: Promise me, Ned. (Lyanna Stark, AGOT)
  • Scorpio: I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them. (Cersei Lannister, ADWD)
  • Sagittarius: Edd, fetch me a block. (Jon Snow, ADWD)
  • Capricorn: By what right does the wolf judge the lion? By what right? (Jaime Lannister, ASOS)
  • Aquarius: Wherever whores go. (Tywin Lannister, ASOS)
  • Pisces: I have to try to save her... or die in the attempt. (Brienne of Tarth, AFFC)
“I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them.”

I find it ironic that Cersei in Game of Thrones is one of the most hated characters in the show, when in fact her book counterpart is much, much worse. 

Cersei is not evil. She is a survivor.

Cersei survived a neglectful and abusive marriage to King Robert. When they were married in the Sept of Baelor, Cersei was genuinely in love with him. In season one she tells Robert that she “worshipped” him. A young girl, she was fully prepared to play the role of wife and mother that was instilled in her from being a girl (growing up in the highly patriarchal society of Westeros). Robert simply did not fulfil his duty to her, and became an abusive and neglectful drunkard who fathered numerous bastards to add to Cersei’s humiliation. It is not hard to understand why she utterly resented Robert and her father after 19 years in a loveless marriage. Her telling Lancel to give Robert more wine on his hunting trip merely in the hope that he may have an accident, against all odds proved fruitful. She was then in a position with more agency as Queen Regent for Joffrey. 

Cersei survived her son Joffrey. As we see in season three, Cersei was extremely attached to Joffrey as a child, she says he was “such a jolly little fellow”. She did not expect nor encourage his horrific behaviour towards Sansa when he became king. In season four she even admits to Margaery that Joffrey’s actions “shocked” her. She was frightened of her son; she could not control him. This is not her failure; Joffrey was clearly beyond help.

Cersei survived her father Tywin and her brother Tyrion’s endless mockery of her as a politician. Throughout the majority of season one Cersei is the only predominant Lannister at court, and after Robert’s death she became the highest authority in King’s Landing. As a queen she realises that her presence in all political events is paramount to securing the predominancy of the Lannisters at court. She is the symbol of House Lannister. When Tyrion comes back in season two, and suddenly reveals he is now Hand of the King, her rage is understandable; she has been sidelined once more.

Cersei survived her imprisonment and Walk of Shame in season five because all that mattered to her at that moment was getting back to her son Tommen. After defiantly refusing to acknowledge the up-jumped authority of the High Sparrow, she confesses to one count of adultery to get back to her son. Throughout her walk she keeps her eyes on the Red Keep and her thoughts on Tommen. The Faith and the people of King’s Landing want to break her, and we see her weep, but she survives.

Cersei does not conform to the pliable and cooperative female role that everyone would like her to be, and this is exactly what makes her such a compelling character. She speaks out, she tells people uncomfortable truths, she is a woman who wields power and is completely unapologetic about it. 

Cersei Lannister is a survivor in a world that wants to break her, humiliate her and keep her in her place, but being a lioness, she simply will not let them. 


“ I am a wound walking out of hospital.
I am a wound that they are letting go. ” 
- Sylvia Plath,Three Women

“I may not be a lion, but I am a lion’s cub, and I have a lion’s heart. ”
-Queen Elizabeth I

“She’s not just a girl. She’s the only evidence of God that I can find on this entire planet. ”
- St. Elmo’s Fire

“ I want to love, but my hair smells of war and running and running. ”
- Warsan Shire

"The more in touch you are with your emotions, the more vulnerable at times you will feel, but if you can accept that, if you can face it and put it on the table, in many ways you are stronger than people that would never dare to put themselves out there. What is there to be scared of really? ”
- FKA Twigs

"I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them.”
- Cersei Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

whoresnboars-blog  asked:

"And, though she be but little, she is fierce." Shakespeare


“Even the cherry blossom trees shaking through the seasons, will bloom one day soon.” — Hikaru Utada

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” — Leo Buscaglia

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” — Charles Dickens

Another note on Tyrion and staring. You see the same attitude Tyrion has after his disfigurement that Cersei has at people staring at her naked and shaved body during the Walk of Shame, and this quote from Cersei which I’ve seen on a million gifsets:

“Vain and proud she was, before,” she remembered one guard saying, “so haughty you’d think she’d forgot she come from dirt. Once we got her clothes off her, though, she was just another whore.”   

If Ser Kevan and the High Sparrow thought that it would be the same with her, they were very much mistaken. Lord Tywin’s blood was in her. I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them.

Is very similar to Tyrion’s thoughts here:

Tyrion clutched Sansa’s arm and made the walk with a heavy waddling stride. He could feel their eyes on him, picking at the fresh new scar that had left him even uglier than he had been before. Let them look, he thought as he hopped up onto his seat. Let them stare and whisper until they’ve had their fill, I will not hide myself for their sake.

But when Tyrion calls out people who objectify him and refuses to be humiliated by it people call him entitled and selfish. Or say that he’s “making it about his dwarfism”. He’s not making it about his dwarfism any more than Cersei is making the walk of shame about her femaleness. Because it already WAS about that. This is ableism, just as the WOS is about sexism, and you are joking if you pretend it isn’t, or worse, blame Tyrion for pointing this out.

Cersei was so fucking strong though. FUCKING LIONESS.

“I am Cersei of House Lannister, a lion of the Rock, the rightful queen of these Seven Kingdoms, trueborn daughter of Tywin Lannister. And hair grows back”

“It is not so far… Tommen is waiting for me. My little king. I can do this. I must”

“I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them.”

“They think that this will break my pride, that it will make an end to me but they are wrong.”

“I am blind and deaf and they are worms.”

“Words are wind. Words cannot harm me.”