Chapter 17 Summary
Cersei is on her way to the small council when three dirty peasants arrive with the head of a dwarf. It is not Tyrion, but at least it is not another child. She sends them away, choosing not to punish them for murder as it might cause other searchers to hesitate before killing Tyrion. She meets Qyburn, now dressed in white and gold robes, who informs her that he has prepared a skull to send to Dorne to appease Prince Doran. Qyburn has replaced Varys, and he informs her that the irritating bells that are ringing in memory of the last High Septon will stop by the end of the day. Grand Maester Pycelle is outraged to see Qyburn, a maester who was stripped of his chain, join the council. Cersei, however, is pleased with her new council. None of them have loyalties to anyone but her. Aurane Waters wants to restore their power at sea, so Cersei decides to defer payments to the faith and to the Iron Bank of Braavos, though the latter action worries Pycelle. They learn that Jon Snow has become Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and decide to send a hundred men to the Wall to assassinate him for helping Stannis. After, she summons Ser Osney Kettleblack and instructs him to seduce Margaery. Cersei intends to have them caught together; as punishment, Osney will lead the men that are sent to the Wall. Should Osney succeed in bringing down Margaery and killing Jon Snow, Cersei will grant him lands, lordship, and her bed.