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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Cersei Lannister of House Lannister is the older twin sister of Jaime, and the only daughter of Tywin Lannister. She serves as the third-person narrator for twelve chapters throughout A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. She is inseparable from Jaime, and the pair have maintained an incestuous relationship; but she blames her younger brother, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, for their mother’s demise, and believes Tyrion fulfills a prophecy she was given as a child, of a ‘valonqar’ (“little brother”) that will be her downfall. Fifteen years before the events of the series, Cersei married King Robert Baratheon and became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but neither loved nor respected Robert because he called her “Lyanna” while consummating the marriage. She had three children, but all three are fathered by Jaime rather than Robert. In A Game of Thrones, Eddard Stark discovers the truth of her children’s parentage and offers her a chance to flee in exile before he informs Robert; but Cersei instead arranges Robert’s death, to crown her son Joffrey while naming herself regent. When Eddard tries to publicly reveal the truth, she has him arrested for treason. Throughout A Clash of Kings, Cersei takes other lovers than Jaime. When Tyrion is injured defending King’s Landing, having plotted to commit suicide in the event of Stannis’s victory, Cersei lies to Tywin of Tyrion’s actions; but when Tywin becomes Hand of the King in A Storm of Swords, Cersei learns that she is to be married to a son of House Tyrell, removing her from power in the capital. After Joffrey’s death, Cersei immediately accuses Tyrion of poisoning her son. Upon Tywin’s murder by Tyrion, Cersei reclaims regency and names herself Lady of Casterly Rock; but proves inept, and Jaime abandons her. In refusing to honor the Crown’s debts, Cersei makes enemies of the Iron Bank of Braavos and the Faith of the Seven. The Iron Bank retaliates by freezing the realm’s assets, calling in all debts, and refusing new loans, creating a banking crisis that almost cripples Westeros’s economy. When Cersei tries to alleviate the problem, she makes matters worse in allowing the Faith of the Seven to revive its military order, the Faith Militant, ignoring its opposition to herself until this becomes active. Cersei frames Margaery Tyrell, Tommen’s wife, for adultery and high treason; but one of Cersei’s lovers admits to his having been so, and she is arrested by the Faith. In A Dance with Dragons, she confesses to adultery with her cousin Lancel and three others. Before her trial, the Faith requires her to walk naked, head shaved, before the crowds. She breaks down in tears before the end of the ordeal, and is carried into the Red Keep by Ser Robert Strong, her champion in a trial by combat. Cersei Lannister is portrayed by Lena Headey in the television adaptation of the books. In July 2014 Headey was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the role.

Lena Headey (born 3 October 1973) is an English actress. When she was 17, her performance in a one-off show caught the attention of a casting agent, who took a photo and asked her to audition. Eventually she got a supporting role in the 1992 drama film Waterland and went on to appear in major films such as The Remains of the Day (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Onegin (1999), and Aberdeen (2000). After working steadily as an actress in small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, she found fame for her lead performances in big-budget films like the fantasy film The Brothers Grimm (2005), in which she acted opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, the action film 300 (2007), portraying the role of Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, and the adventure and biographical feature The Red Baron (2008). Headey is also known for playing the title role Sarah Connor on Fox’s television spin-off of James Cameron’s Terminator film series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–09) and villainous drug lord Ma-Ma in the 2012 Judge Dredd movie reboot, Dredd. She has portrayed Cersei Lannister in HBO’s television series Game of Thrones since 2011. Her performance on the show has earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Headey played Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder’s 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel. In addition to her film work, Headey starred in Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a television spin-off of James Cameron’s popular Terminator franchise. Headey played Sarah Connor from January 2008 to April 2009. The show ran for 31 episodes in two seasons until its cancellation in May 2009. Variety praised “Headey’s gritty performance as Sarah – managing to be smart, resourceful and tough, yet melancholy and vulnerable as well” and that the Chronicles “continue to deliver”, getting “considerable mileage out of the constant peril” facing the characters. She was nominated twice for the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television for the role. Since its premiere in April 2011, Headey has portrayed queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. In 2011, she was nominated for a Scream Award in the category of Best Fantasy Actress for the role. In July 2014 Headey was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for portraying Cersei.

Iron Throne: “The breath of the greatest dragon forged the Iron Throne…the swords of the vanquished, a thousand of them, melted together like so many candles…” ?Viserys Targaryen. The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. Besides the King himself (or Lord Regent) only the Hand of the King may sit on the Iron Throne. The term is also used colloquially to refer to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms and the authority of the King (e.g. “Rebellion against the Iron Throne”). The Iron Throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror, the first of the Targaryen Kings, who conquered six of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros and unified them under his rule – the seventh kingdom of Dorne was later joined through a marriage alliance. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less than two hundred. These were subsequently melted down by the fiery breath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne of imposing appearance. Olenna Tyrell, in typical fashion, has a low opinion of the throne itself, blithely referring to it as “that ugly iron chair”.

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