Chapter 24 Summary
Cersei tells Tommen that he may not sit on the Iron Throne. She insists that he confess who has been filling his head with such notions, though Cersei knows that it is Margaery that encourage Tommen's rebellions. The rule is hers. Sometimes her counsellors bring her good news: Lord Manderly of White Harbor has executed Ser Davos the Onion Knight. In court, however, Noho Dimittis of the Iron Bank of Braavos tries to get the crown to pay back its debt. Cersei denies him. After, she walks in private with Ser Osmund, demanding to know when Ser Osney will finally seduce Margaery. Osmund explains that though Margaery seems to want Osney, she is never alone. When she sees Ser Loras training Tommen in the joust, Cersei intervenes to separate her son from the Tyrells. When she meets with Qyburn, he reports that a group of puppeteers have begun telling a story about a group of lions that eat their animal kingdom until a dragon egg hatches and the dragon eats the lions. Cersei orders that half the estate of rich men and one eye from the poor will serve as punishment for viewing such treason. Qyburn asks to take some of the women for his experiments and Cersei, shuddering, agrees. She finally makes her way to her solar to eat with Lady Falyse and Ser Balman. She asks Ser Balman to arrange for Bronn's death. Late that night, she checks on Tommen, who now has three black kittens, gifts from Margaery. She remembers that when she was a girl, her father had promised her that she would marry Prince Rhaegar, the most handsome and capable man in the realm. King Arys refused to marry his son and heir to the daughter of his servant, and so Tywin left King's Landing. Cersei thinks that if she would have married Prince Rhaegar, he never would have pursued Lyanna Stark and would never have started the rebellion.