Years ago, when Devil (a.k.a. that not-good horror movie where everyone in the theater laughed when they saw “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan” during the trailer) came out, Vulture consulted with an “elevator expert” about how accurate a film named after Satan himself is. The verdict: “If you’ve got… the devil inside the elevator, press the call button.” The more you know!
I thought about that article while reading what a self-described “clinical psychologist” had to say about the Game of Thrones season six finale, specifically as it relates to Cersei. The episode ends with the Mad Queen on the Iron Throne, having killed the competition (Margaery Tyrell, the High Sparrow, Kevan Lannister) in a wildfire explosion for the ages. It’s everything Cersei has always wanted, but it came at a massive cost. Her children are dead, her brother-lover is incredulous, and the only ones at her side — both literally and figuratively — are creepy Qyburn and the zombie Mountain.
“Cersei is a classic narcissist,” the psychologist/Reddit user Rain12913 writes. “As such, she lacks the ability to truly empathize with others. Despite this obvious reality, people seem to be falling into the trap of thinking that Cersei really does genuinely love her brother and her (late) children. While she certainly says that she does quite a bit, and while her behavior may seem to suggest that she does, it is highly unlikely that such a narcissistic character is capable of true love.” But Cersei’s love of her children is her one redeeming quality — well, that, and her cheekbones. How does Rain12913 explain that?