Game of Thrones Resurrects a Major Lannister Family Arc

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones.

One of Game of Thrones' biggest draws has been the twisted dynamic of the Lannister family. To call it dysfunctional would be an understatement, as its members are frequent governed by lust, greed and the never-ending quest for power. They're attributes passed down to Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion by their father, Tywin.

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As much as the Season 8 premiere, "Winterfell," deals with the North preparing for the war with the Night King, it checks in on sunnier King's Landing to remind us the Lannister drama never dies, and in doing so revisits a loose thread regarding the murder of Tywin by his son Tyrion.

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In the Season 4 episode "The Children," Tywin sentenced Tyrion to death for King Joffrey's murder, only for Tyrion to be freed by Jaime. Instead of immediately fleeing King's Landing, however, Tyrion went to find his lover, Shae. He discovered she was in bed his father, and killed her, then picked up Joffrey's infamous crossbow murdered Tywin on the toilet. Cersei never let this go, vowing to make Tyrion pay, even after she found out he wasn't responsible for Joffrey's death.

Even Jaime was bitter at on point, but he quickly realized as much as he loved Tywin and Cersei, they would run Westeros into the ground. Tywin's death broke House Lannister, as Tyrion sided with Daenerys Targaryen, while Jaime had to endure the deaths of two more children, Tommen and Myrcella, which Cersei blames Tyrion for as well, at least indirectly. As fate would have it, with Jaime eventually leaving her to join in the fight against the Night King, Cersei finally decides to wrap up the loose threads surrounding her father's death by ordering the assassinations of her two siblings.

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As Bronn attempts to enjoy himself in King's Landing, the Queen's Hand, Qyburn, interrupts with an offer: land and wealth, including a down payment, once Bronn slays the Lannister brothers. It has to be done in secret, as Cersei is feigning an alliance with the combined forces of Danaerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. However, Qyburn makes it clear all the riches the Lannister family denied Bronn before will be his once the task is complete.

It's a smart move, because Cersei knows Bronn can maneuver in and out of Winterfell easily, and also because the brothers trust him. But the most chilling moment comes when Qyburn reveals the instrument Cersei selected to deliver death in this poetic justice scheme: Joffrey's crossbow.

It remains to be seen whether Bronn will betray his friends. But as it stands, Cersei clearly has revenge for Tywin locked deep within her cold, dark heart. And clearly, with her union with Euron now official, she's ready to expunge them from the family books and begin a new era for House Lannister.

Game of Thrones Season 8 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. It stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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