Chapter 36 Summary
Cersei is pleased to learn from Aurane Waters that Dragonstone has fallen, and it seems that Ser Loras Tyrell will as well. She insists on being the one to tell Margaery that Loras was struck by more than one quarrel, as well as a cauldron of boiling oil when he crashed through the gates of Dragonstone with his men. Margaery insists that dying is not dead and retreats. After, Cersei is brought the head of another dwarf, but it is not Tyrion. At court, the Iron Bank again pesters the realm. They are now refusing to grant new loans to anyone in Westeros until the Iron Throne begins repaying its debts. The High Septon is preaching throughout King's Landing, even to the whores. Cersei tells their delegation that the whores are a vital part of the city's economy. She is surprised by how many knights have chosen to become Warrior's Sons, and she is dismayed to learn that Lancel has joined them. Pycelle reports that Gyles may finally be dying of his cough, but Cersei replies that he does not have her leave to die. That night, Cersei has a nightmare about Maggy the Frog, who foretold years ago that Cersei would lose the crown to a queen younger and more beautiful than she. She summons Pycelle to learn if the future can be foretold; he suggests that the more pressing question is whether it should be foretold. Cersei dismisses him and asks Qyburn, who informs her that bloodmagic is very powerful. However, he suggests that the future can be altered. Cersei begins to consider a scheme involving Ser Osney Kettleblack.