Cersei has one of the central storylines in the Game of Thrones universe, but her story has been getting increasingly dark every season. At the end of Season 6, she took the darkest turn yet. In case you’ve forgotten some details, here’s a look back on her storyline in Game of Thrones Season 6.
Last season she did a Walk of Shame, thanks to the High Sparrow. Jamie thought he was delivering their daughter Myercella back to her from Drone, only to realize on the way that she was poisoned by Ellaria. Myercella died on the boat in Jamie’s arms. He delivers the news to Cersei and they vow revenge. When she tries to go to her daughter’s funeral, Tommen won’t let her.
Tommen seems to be falling for the High Sparrow’s manipulations. He leaves Loras imprisoned, and Margaery decides to play the game, doing what she must to free her brother.
But Cersei and Olenna make their own plan. The Tyrell army would liberate Margaery and Loras, while keeping the Lannister troops away so Tommen’s orders aren’t technically disobeyed. But High Sparrow announces instead that Margaery won’t do a walk of shame, but she’ll be released because Tommen and the church are now working together.
Cersei had a trial-by-combat plan too, but Tommen ruined that by announcing that she would have to stand trial before the seven septons instead. And there was no way that would turn out well.
Meanwhile, Margaery makes an arrangement that if Loras confesses, he will go free after Cersei goes to trial. Before the trial, though, she sends her grandmother away.
But Cersei has another plan, and it involves Qyburn and the strangely resurrected Mountain. She refuses to go to her trial and has The Mountain imprison her son so he can’t go to the trial either. She’s stashed Wildfire under the Sept, and has it set on fire during the trial, killing everyone.
When Tommen learns what happened, he kills himself by jumping out a window.
The prophecy that all of Cersei’s children would die has come true.
At the end of the season, Cersei is being crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and she sits on the Iron Throne as Jamie watches, just now arriving back and realizing what has happened. Standing next to her is Qyburn, now wearing a Hand of the Queen pin.