This is why Game of Thrones' Cersei hates Daenerys Targaryen so much
With us since the very beginning of the show, there are few characters as cunning, conniving or compelling as Cersei Lannister.
The current winner of the eponymous Game of Thrones, Cersei has survived the threat of the Tyrells, an impending invasion led by Stannis Baratheon as well the deaths of all three of her children, but in Daenerys Targaryen, it looks as if she's met her match.
As you might have been able to assess from their tense meeting at the end of Game of Thrones season seven, Cersei Lannister is far from impressed with the Mother of Dragons, referring to her as "the usurper", at best.
As they both compete for the Iron Throne, you can understand the animosity between the pair, but there's actually another reason for Cersei's ill will toward Daenerys Targaryen, and it stems back to a moment in her childhood that has turned out to be rather prophetic.
At the beginning of season five, we were treated to a flashback of Cersei as a teenage girl, when she visited a fortune teller known as Maggy the Frog.
After this younger, but no-less-fierce version of Cersei demands her future be told, Maggy tells her that she'll one day be Queen, but lose all of her children in the process, before being overshadowed by a "younger [and] more beautiful" queen. This could very easily be a certain Mother of Dragons.
Of course, that could just be some crackpot theory by a fraudster fortune teller. Except, everything else has already come true. At the moment, Cersei sits on the Iron Throne as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but all three of her children, Joffrey, Myrcella and (most recently) Tommen have died over the seven seasons of Game of Thrones.
Speaking about her character in Entertainment Weekly, Lena Headley addressed Cersei's hatred of Daenerys Targaryen, and admits that the prophecy from season five is definitely playing on the Queen's mind.
"I think she's immediately envious because Daenerys is more beautiful and younger than she is and the prophecy says somebody younger and more beautiful will take her place so I'm sure that's at the forefront of her mind. And Tyrion [Lannister, Cersei's younger brother who is actively working against her with Daenerys] is her Hand, so she couldn't be any worse."
It's that exact situation which has caused Cersei to play her latest in a series of manipulations over the Odyssean HBO fantasy show, potentially leaving Daenerys' armies vulnerable to the army of the dead. Even with the fate of Westeros at stake, Cersei went back on her pledge to help Daenerys as the White Walkers continue their aggressive March down south, hoping to take advantage of the ensuing chaos.
Cersei's wariness of Daenerys Targaryen is sure to be one of the larger subplots in a final season full of them, as Game of Thrones begins its journey down the home straight. With the last season delayed until at least 2019, we've got a long way to wait, but I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on Cersei Lannister as the show reaches its end.