25 reasons we love Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones

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How to deliver a threat, by Cersei Lannister

Game of Thrones deals in threats rather often. Sometimes they come packaged in almost poetic form, like Tyrion’s threat to his elder sister about knowing when the debt is paid.

Cersei’s threats usually don’t come in that form, however. Instead, she gets to the point. “I choose violence.” “My face will be the last thing you see.” Both make for excellent examples of her style. Despite that, we went straight for the threats she makes to Margaery Tyrell when the younger woman overplays her hand and talk about their forthcoming sisterly relationship.

Why? Because Cersei actually manages to combine a slightly-more-veiled threat with a more obvious one.

First, she casually recounts the story of the Reynes of Castamere. Of course, because she’s Cersei, she talks about seeing the bodies put up over Casterly Rock. There’s the slightly more low-key threat. (Only slightly, because she doesn’t really do subtlety, if you’ve noticed.)

Then she goes in for the kill: “If you ever call me sister again, I’ll have you strangled in your sleep.”

With a smile on her face, she then walks away.

Who needs subtlety when you have the ability to just tell someone not to do something on pain of death?