13 Reasons We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) Cersei Lannister on 'Game of Thrones'

Ruthless, devious, vengeful. Sexy, smart, and charming. Villain that she is, Cersei Lannister is one of our favorite "Game of Thrones" characters. Here are 13 reasons why. SPOILERS AHEAD.

  1. 1

    She doesn’t stress about the little things, like her hubby’s last wishes.

    King Robert and his queen aren't the picture of marital bliss (he longs for Ned Stark's dead sister and she beds her brother), which is made abundantly clear when she tears up her husband's last wishes for real in Season 1, Episode 8, clearing the way for Ned's demise.

  2. 2

    She understands true power.

    In Season 2, Episode 1, Littlefinger gets it twisted when he says "knowledge is power," intimating he knows all about Cersei's incestuous relationship. Cersei wastes no time making a swift correction -- the Palace Guard seizes and almost executes him.

  3. 3

    She's got it and she flaunts it.

    Cersei resents the limitations placed on her because of her sex, but plays the hand she's been dealt. She knows a woman's place, and while she may not agree, she exploits it (as she encourages Sansa to do in Season 2, Episode 9). In "Real Housewives" terms, quite frankly, she "owns it."

  4. 4

    She gets wasted in times of crisis.

    We all have vices, and Cersei always makes room for a little wine. Or a lot. Never was this more apparent than in the increasingly sloppy life lessons she shares with Sansa Stark in Season 2, Episode 9.

  5. 5

    She's always ready with an epic eye roll.

    The only thing she likes more than drinking is giving face ... in every episode.

  6. 6

    She has good taste in brothers.

    If you have to pick one to match wits with and one to bed, she's on point.

  7. 7

    She has good boundaries with in-laws.

    Poor, plucky, ill-fated Margery. When she makes the mistake of calling Cersei "sister" in Season 3, Episode 8, she learns the true meaning of the song, "The Rains of Castamere." (The alt title is "Don't f*ck with the Lannisters.")

  8. 8

    She doesn’t suffer fools.

    And speaking of Margery and the Tyrells, also in Season 3, Episode 8, Cersei has none of an arranged marriage to Loras ... and even less of his small talk.

  9. 9

    She chooses violence.

    No sh*t! (But it's nice to finally hear her say it in Season 6, Episode 8.) Actually, what's nice and kinda sweet (in that sickening, way-too-much-frosting way) is Cersei's relationship with the "new" Mountain. She now has the Frankenstein-y braun to do her personal bidding.

  10. 10

    She may be a monster ... but this monster's a mama bear.

    Cersei is like that mom who fled from the cops with her overprivileged, under-sentenced son in tow, and Joffrey is the son with affluenza. Cersei loves her kids, and she tells Sansa all about it in Season 2, Episode 7.

  11. 11

    She settles scores.

    Hell hath no fury like a Queen Regent with a sh*t ton of wildfire. In the Season 6 finale, Cersei's not about to be tried in some kangaroo court, especially not after walking naked in the streets. No, she lives by what she told Ned Stark in Season 1...

  12. 12

    She can make threats and casually drop titles at the same time.

    "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." As much as any other character on "Game of Thrones" (Season 1, Episode 7) Cersei embodies the show's "kill or be killed" motif. If she thinks you're coming for her or hers, she'll get you first.

  13. 13

    She's a survivor.

    After a nuclear war, she'll outlive the cockroaches. The queen has always been beside or behind the seat of power. Close, but not truly in command, like the men in her life: her husband, her father, or her sons. By the Season 6 finale, the whip-smart murderess has destroyed lives, buried her children, and may have finally alienated the one person who truly loves her (Jaime). Yet, after all that, we still feel a twisted sense of satisfaction seeing her on the Iron Throne.

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