Ask the Maester
By Jason Conception
Cersei rules in King’s Landing. Jon is a Targaryen. There’s a new King in the North. Dany’s fleet is heading west. There’s open warfare in the South. Sam needs someone to tell him how the Dewey decimal system works. SO MUCH HAPPENED SUNDAY NIGHT. Best episode ever? Yes.
On to the questions.
Brian asks, “Uhhh … how did Varys get from Dorne to Meereen so fast?”
Dany’s grand armada sets sail some months after Varys’s meeting in Dorne. See the above. Dornish sails on the right, the rose of Highgarden on the left. The Master of Whisperers obviously got a ride back to Sla—excuse me, the Bay of Dragons from Dany’s new allies. Not the most elegant of time jumps, but whatever.
Katie asks, “Technically speaking, what claim does Cersei have to the throne? Is she considered Tommen's heir?”
Well, she considers herself Tommen’s heir. And who will object? Certainly no one inside King’s Landing. Cersei’s claim to the throne is built on fear. She commands the City Watch, whatever Lannister troops are in the capital, a 7-foot zombie, and a spy network of stab-happy Oliver Twist poppets who can inform her of any overheard whispers of dissent. That’s it, but for now, that’s enough. We’re in a revolutionary period of Westerosi history; the traditional rules of who inherits what and who can rule where have gone out the window like King Tommen.
That said, Cersei, the first of her name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, the First Men, and the Rhythm Nation, is in a tenuous position. Her family’s last ally, Walder Frey, just had his throat slit as he sat in front of a pie made of two of his sons. Walder was infamous for his prolific production of offspring. Now, that panoply of Frey kin will be at each other’s throats trying to succeed him.
To the south of King’s Landing, the Reach has joined forces with Dorne, its ancient enemy, and their combined strength alone might be enough to smash the Lannister army and take the capital. But, of course, the Reach and Dorne are not alone—they’re part of Dany’s ginormous alliance—joining 140,000 Dothraki, as many as 8,000 Unsullied spearmen, and three fire-breathing dragons.
Cersei isn’t even safe in King’s Landing. If she leaves the Red Keep, she will need to worry about the thousands of people in the city who lost family and friends when the Sept of Baelor went up in a bloom of green fire. And, lest she think she’s safe within the castle walls, Arya Stark is back in Westeros, with a pocket full of faces borrowed from the House of Black and White and a fully leveled-up murder rating. There is no end game for Cersei. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s finished, and House Lannister, in its current form, is finished too.
Chappell asks, “What will happen to Ser Pounce? Will he be forced to fend for himself in Flea Bottom like Arya in Season 1?”
Sad day for Ser Pounce, who will mourn by clawing a tapestry and urinating on a pair of silk slippers before eating a mouse and falling asleep in a sunbeam...
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