Chapter 32 Summary
Cersei is irritated when Margaery demands that immediate action be taken against the ironborn for their attack on the Reach. It is the middle of the night, and Cersei and other members of the small council have been woken and brought to the hall to hear the young queen. The council has soon convinced itself that reports of the attack are overblown and likely a ploy from Stannis to get them to lift the siege on Dragonstone and Storm's End. Until those castles are taken, Highgarden and the Tyrells will have to deal with the raiders themselves. As Cersei returns to her rooms, Ser Loras volunteers to take over the siege and storm the extraordinarily high walls of Dragonstone himself. Cersei is thrilled and returns to her chamber, where Lady Merryweather now sleeps as a bedmate. Cersei thinks about how Robert used to come to her room, demanding his "rights" to her. He would hurt her and afterward explain that it was the wine. She is called out again with news from Lady Falyse, who reports that Ser Balman challenged Bronn to a duel. Bronn won and forced Ser Balman to reveal that the assassination attempt was Cersei's idea. Cersei drinks with Falyse until the latter is drunk and then gives the woman to Qyburn for his experiments. She returns to her room, twists Taena's nipples, and then pleasures her with her fingers. However, she does not allow Taena to do the same, reflecting that it only works with Jaime.