Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode three, “The Queen’s Justice.”
Cersei Lannister finally got her revenge for her daughter Myrcella’s death during Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”
The third episode of season seven, aptly titled “The Queen’s Justice,” brought Ellaria Sand back to King’s Landing as a captive of Euron Greyjoy.
Euron pledged his allegiance to Cersei during the season seven premiere, and he promised to bring her a gift. In the subsequent episode, Euron destroyed Yara Greyjoy’s fleet, killed two of the Sand Snakes (Nymeria and Obara), and took Yara, Ellaria, and Tyene — the only surviving Sand Snake — as his prisoners. He then paraded them through King’s Landing in episode three and eventually brought them to the feet of Cersei, who was only too happy to have a chance to punish the woman responsible for her daughter’s death — Ellaria.
Cersei took Ellaria and her daughter Tyene down into a dungeon where she had them chained and gagged. She proceeded to taunt her prisoners with talk of the Mountain crushing Oberyn Martell’s head and the many ideas she had for how they might die.
But eventually, she settled on a poetic way to torture her prey. While she was speaking, Cersei took Tyene’s gag off and kissed her swiftly on the lips. It didn’t take long for Ellaria to realize her lips were laced with poison, and Cersei had just left Tyene to die in the same exact way Ellaria had killed Myrcella.
Qyburn provided Cersei with the poison called “the long farewell,” a poison that doesn’t necessarily act quickly. As Qyburn said, “Hours, days — it depends on the subject’s constitution.”
“But death is certain?” Cersei asked.
“Oh yes, your grace,” Qyburn answered. “Quite certain.”
Cersei then revealed her plan to Ellaria:
“Your daughter will die here in this cell. And you will be here in this cell watching as she does. You’ll be here the rest of your days. If you refuse to eat, someone will force food down your throat. You will live to watch your daughter rot, to watch that beautiful face collapse to bone and dust, all the while contemplating the choices you’ve made.”
The camera cuts away as the chained and gagged mother and daughter desperately reach for each other in their cell of death.
Actress Indira Varma, who plays Ellaria, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that her character will not make another appearance on “Game of Thrones.”
When Varma was told that she was going to be killed off of the show, she wanted to die on-screen.
“And I was like, ‘As long as I die on-screen …’ and [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] were like ‘Yeah!’ But of course I don’t die on-screen,” Varma told EW. “I stay alive, I’m just not going to reappear. I think it’s really clever.”
While viewers know that Tyene will eventually die from the poison, it’s left to the imagination what fate Cersei envisions for Ellaria after she’s forced to stay in a cell while her daugther’s body decomposes in front of her.
The story of the Sand Snakes on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has been a controversial plot — loathed by many, in fact. Still, this is a brutal end for anyone, and a final farewell on the show that will not be forgotten.