Chapter 12 Summary
Cersei is furious that the Tyrells have insisted that Tommen marry Margaery so soon after Joffrey's death. She takes her anger out on her maid, Jocelyn Swyft, who struggles to cinch the queen's gown. Nothing goes as Cersei would prefer: Tommen even wraps a Baratheon cloak around Margaery's shoulders, rather than a Lannister cloak. When everyone toasts Margaery, the new queen, Cersei recalls a Maggy the Frog's prophecy that Cersei would be queen "until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear." She worries that they acquiesce to too many of the Tyrells' demands, but Jaime reminds her that Lady Olenna is about to return to Highgarden and that Mace Tyrell and most of his army will soon set out for Storm's End. Only Margaery's maids and Ser Loras will remain. Still, if the crown did not have so many enemies, she would not need to appease the Tyrells at all. Where are her friends? Kevan has deserted her, so she has named two of her Lannister cousins the castellan of Casterly Rock and the Warden of the West to punish her uncle. Kevan now plans to travel to Darry with Lancel to settle his son's new seat. At the wedding feast, Tommen swallows wine poorly and Cersei leaves the room so that no one will see her tears. Lady Merryweather finds Cersei and comforts her. She also informs her that one of Cersei's maids has been informing Margaery about her movements. After the wedding feast, Cersei has the pyromancers burn down the Tower of the Hand, and she stays up late into the knight with Ser Osmund Kettleblack watching it. The realm is hers now.