Winter has arrived at Westeros, and man is she a beeotch.
The seventh-season opener of GoT (Game of Thrones to you non-belivers) came in like a lion, and stayed that way.
Who says women are weaker? Not I.
Since the show’s inception, Cersei Lannister — first of her name — has always had her piercing, calculating eyes on the prize, and no one and nothing was going to keep her from sitting on the Iron Throne. Her quest for power included taking out even her husband and children, any way she could. At the end of season six, she was crowned and seated with a sinister and decidedly gloating smile curving her lips.
Season seven premiered July 16 and showed exactly how calculating and devious she is. Machiavelli would be proud.
But let’s not discount the other women in GoT. Those femmes fatale are certainly showing their not-so-subtle villainies and ambitions as well.
Daenerys Targaryen of the three dragons, white hair, and love of Kahl Drago, (deceased) will prove to be a most challenging adversary to the throne. She has the strength of dragons, and nerves of steal. Not even coming home made her pause in a moment of nostalgia. In the end, she was all work and definitely no play —Shall we begin. Don’t discount her diminutive size either — those small bones hide a very big and powerful woman with muscles of stone. She is the ice in Fire and Ice.
Sansa Stark started out in GoT as a fancy headed little girl, but a marriage to King Joffrey Baratheon and watching her dad (Ned Stark) lose his head turned her into an extremely sly and cunning woman who is no longer amenable to sitting in silence next to her bastard brother Jon Snow. It’s only a matter of time that she seeks vengeance on her own, and it ain’t going to be pretty. Littlefinger (Lord Petyr Baelish) better watch his step.
Last but not least and the biggest dagger in the throat is Arya Stark. She might be the youngest, but certainly not the sweetest. Vengeance is hers in a big way and she doesn’t mind taking it. She is far too clever by a turn, and might just be the last face that Cersei Lannister ever lays eyes on. But she has a whole lot of slaying to finish first.
Not for Nuthin ™, but who knows who will sit on the Iron Throne? Only David Benioff and D. B. Weiss do.
I admit my love of GoT cooled a bit after the long winter we endured waiting for the next season to arrive, but Sunday’s opening really made the wait worthwhile and heated up my imagination. So get out those snow blowers, GoT fans — I’ve got a feeling Season seven is gonna be one heck of an icy ride.
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