Chapter 3 Summary
Cersei dreams that she sits the Iron Throne, while the lords and ladies of the land watch like mice beneath her. Suddenly, they begin laughing and Cersei realizes that she is naked. She writhes amongst the barbs of the Iron Throne as Tyrion capers beneath her. She wakes to find Ser Osmund Kettleblack and Ser Boros Blount of the Kinsguard come to summon her. Cersei learns that her father, Lord Tywin Lannister of Casterly Rock and the Hand of the King, is dead. Her brother, Jaime, has found a secret passage in the Tower of the Hand, and is following it in search of the murderer. Ser Loras Tyrell, meanwhile, guards young Tommen, Cersei's last son and the king of Westeros. Cersei wonders whether the Tyrells of Highgarden are behind her father's murder. She finds her father's corpse as well as the corpse of a whore, Shae. She has the Kettleblacks take the girl's corpse away. She meets Qyburn, a maester whose chain was removed as punishment for some crime, and instructs him to prepare her father's body for burial. When Jaime returns, she asks him to become the new Hand, but he refuses to rule. Cersei, shocked, announces that she will rule. Suddenly, she suspects Varys and sends for him, thinking that he may have killed her father. When she learns that Tyrion has escaped the dungeons, Cersei realizes that it must have been her brother that ruined everything.