It’s common knowledge that “the Lannisters always pay their debts.” But last night, Granny Olenna Tyrell proved that the Tyrells are not strangers to paying their debts either. The angry granny won’t stand for her two grandchildren being thrown in the clink via Cersei’s manipulations of the High Sparrow. So, she made sure Cersei ended up in a cell of her own.
At the moment, the Lannister family is in deep trouble. Cersei is imprisoned by the High Sparrow, Jaime is imprisoned by the Dornish, and Tyrion may end up as either a prisoner or an adviser to Daenerys. Meanwhile, young King Tommen is without guidance. His wife, mother, and both uncles are now unable to help him.
Tommen has long been the sweet, docile one in the Lannister family. In a family of ruthlessly aggressive survivors, he is the only one who comes off as meek. Even his dainty sister has more fire in her. However, now that Cersei is imprisoned, and he has no one else to rely on but himself, his next move will have to be an aggressive one. If he wants to reign in the High Sparrow, and all the lesser sparrows keeping the women in his life locked up, nothing short of boldly confronting the High Sparrow will achieve this.
Everyone already knows what Joffrey would have done in a circumstance like this. At this point in the story, the Sparrows would no longer exist. Joffrey probably would have offered them a deal. If they agreed to release all of his family members unharmed, he would promise to kill them swiftly. Once his wife and mother (and possibly Loras) were all released, he would proceed to flay all of the Sparrows alive. Promises be darned, he would make an example of this group. He’d probably display their bodies in some ludicrously detestable way, in much the same way Ramsay Bolton has already done with his enemies in the North.
But Tommen is not Joffrey, and he’s not Ramsay either. He’s going to have to find his own way of dealing with this crisis. Sweet Tommen will probably try to find a peaceful resolution. Perhaps, he will offer to aid the Sparrows in their charitable works. The High Sparrow appears to be no friend to royalty. He only cares about his faith and tending his flock. If Tommen can prove he is a noble king with the best of intentions for his people, he may be able to win the sympathy of the Sparrows. But he will need to show he’s a strong leader, or the Sparrows will just walk all over him.
However, just in terms of excitement, it would be awesome to see Tommen have a complete personality change once he realizes Cersei is also being held prisoner. If he suddenly becomes the new Joffrey and creates a bloodbath in the streets of King’s Landing, it could make for great TV. That’s a perverse desire, but that’s how much the author of this column misses Joffrey,