25 reasons we love Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo: Helen Sloane/HBO

Fashion, fashion, fashion

Game of Thrones has sumptuously designed costumes all around, but the ladies stand out. Daenerys Targaryen! Sansa Stark! Margaery Tyrell! The only one who goes toe to toe with Dany, and perhaps even surpasses her, is Cersei.

Where do we start? The Lannister-inspired gowns she heavily favors in early seasons, with lions embroidered on her sleeves and lion pendants around her neck? The use of armor and metal as the story progresses and she grows more violent and more ready for war? The use of rich fabrics, indicating both her status as queen and the wealth of her family?

Seriously, scroll back up to the black gowns, and think back on her season 6 finale pair. Before you ask: yes, it’s different than the one she wears for her coronation later in the episode. She knows what’s about to happen in the Sept of Baelor, and she’s already prepared for mourning (or at least looking like she’s mourning) Queen Margaery Tyrell, the High Sparrow, and everyone else who dies in the blast. However, the gown also looks like armor, down to covering her neck up and the metallic shoulder details evoking pauldrons.

It’s something you wear when you know something is about to go down. Cersei dresses for success, after all.