All Hail Cersei the Loathsome! ‘Game of Thrones’ Was Always Going to End This Way

[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 3, “The Long Night.”]Time and again on “Game of Thrones,” we’ve seen capable men and women taken down after committing one fatal error.

Ned and Robb Stark, Oberyn Martell, Tywin Lannister, Stannis Baratheon, Littlefinger, even Jon Snow — all were one step ahead of their enemies until they weren’t.

Why should it be any different for the Night King?Just as we’ve been misled as to who the show’s protagonist is — it wasn’t Ned and certainly wasn’t Robb — so too were we kept in the dark about the ultimate antagonist.

“Game of Thrones” has been subverting audience expectations since poor Eddard got his head lopped off back in the first season, so Cersei emerging as the final villain rather than the leader of the White Walkers was probably inevitable.As victories go, this one was fairly pyrrhic.

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