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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss discuss the events of season 7 premiere (Dragonstone) and reflect on what Cersei has become without her children:

Weiss: All that’s ever mattered to Cersei is her children and in relatively short order, Cersei has lost all of her children. She now is in a very dark place and all she really has left is power, for the sake of power.

Benioff: What is Cersei without her children? What prevents her from being the monster? And the answer is nothing.

Weiss: Jaime really wants her to engage with what’s happened to them both and these are things that she can’t afford to even entertain really because if she starts going there, it’s gonna be a long-long fall.

Benioff: For her now, at this point, it’s about survival and the only way to survive is to defeat her enemy. She’ll do whatever she has to do to win. She blew up the sept if that would allow her to win even though it means killing hundreds and hundreds, probably thousands of innocent people. She’s capable of anything, unlike Daenerys, who is constrained a little bit by her morality and her fear of hurting innocents.

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