Season 5, Episode 10: Mother’s Mercy
Cersei’s walk of shame….shame….shame….
If there’s any character that deserved to have garbage chucked at her by screaming peasants while walking naked and barefoot through the streets of King’s Landing, it’s Cersei Lannister. After all, she’d had Robert killed, ignored Robert’s wishes to have Ned rule until Joffrey was of age, enabled Joffrey’s terrible behavior while he was king, tormented fan favorite Tyrion for five straight seasons, basically tried to have him killed via Joffrey’s murder trial, and empowered the most annoying characters on television (The Sparrows) to usurp the power of the crown. So, when she finally got arrested by The Sparrows herself, the crowd went wild. It was a long time coming and she deserved to thirst and rot in a cell without any bath salts or hair products. But The Sparrows were such intolerable humans that when it came time for her to do her walk of atonement, you almost felt bad for her. Especially when that stone-faced, holier-than-thou, soon-to-be wine-boarded Septa begins walking behind her and methodically chanting the word “shame” on a march that seemed to last an eternity.
Cersei tries to remain stoic and defiant for as long as she can, but as the walk continues, and she has to bear the insults, spitting, and food-throwing from the common people, she begins to break. She now has to absorb the hate of the commoners that she had been shielded from for so long, and she’s finally hitting her bottom. As she marched through the streets, she was no longer a Queen or a Lannister. She was a sinner who was drawing the ire of those who she’d looked down upon all her life. As she finally gets to The Red Keep and collapses into Qyburn’s arms, she sobs as a crumbled and humbled woman.
This lasts for about two seconds.
When she’s introduced to a new, improved, and reanimated Mountain Monster, we can see that vengeance isn’t far from her thoughts. Seems she can only endure the unfamiliar feeling of humility for so long. And hell hath no fury like a Cersei scorned.