I just saw that as her bluffing, imo Davos is totally right to distrust her. Ultimately the strength of the Tyrell-Lannister alliance was what finished the battle, which was caused by Melisandre influencing Stannis to murder his brother.
True. That's one way of looking at things. Ultimately, the question of whether or not Melisandre is reliable is a big, big question, and it's not going to be solved anytime soon.
I won't spoil people who haven't read all the books yet, though, but I have read them all and I still don't know what to think.
We hear other characters talk of Cersei's cunning and power but we don't see it. We don't see how she arrives at the conclusions she does. All we see is her being outsmarted by the imp time and time again. She never gets one up on everyone's favourite dwarf. So at some point you have to wonder what it is that these characters see in her that we as the audience don't? She was superb in book 1 dealing with the Starks...her "when you play the game of thrones..." line was iconic. Her neck was on the line and dealt with the situation amazingly well and even then she was not nearly as vile as her son. There were some redeeming qualities to her character. Since then she's been reduced to a paranoid fool. Even Margaery seems a lot better at playing the game...
Well, to be honest, Margaery is one of the most clever and cunning of all the characters, so she is better than most people at playing the game. She's more or less another Cersei, but even more beautiful, more clever, and younger (which is arguably why Cersei hates her so much).
I think Cersei has been pretty good, the way she survived Ned Stark's discovery was already pretty impressive. Of course, her son went way overboard and she had not intended that (I think her blind love for that moron Joffrey is probably her greatest weakness). Otherwise, she does quite well, really, when you see what a viper's nest King's Landing can be.
The Imp may be more clever but right now he's not really in a better position than Cersei, is he?
And I don't think she's really paranoid, she knows that in her position, she IS constantly under threat and she has to be very careful.
I find it boring that just because the imp is physically challenged he has to be smarter than everyone else. It's so blatant what the author is doing. He is the cleverest and least mean of all the Lannisters (in spite of what he does in the book) There are dumb and mean dwarves as well
Danny's brother was the exact opposite. Pretty, incredibly mean and unimaginably dumb
. You only need to look at the author's appearance to know why his characters are that way I suppose. Acting out some deeply rooted shit on his poor characters
Yeah, well, I agree with you that's it's a little bit cliché to have the ugliest character be the most clever. But you can't really claim it's a pattern...
Margaery for instance is beautiful, and clever, and rather positive (she has her dark side, too, but so does Tyrion after all).
Sansa may not be very clever (though I think people are too hard on her, she's a naive child who got trapped by people who were far more experienced at deceit than she was), but she is beautiful and kind.
Dany is definitely beautiful, clever, and a positive character.
*SPOILERS* Jaime's character also evolves towards something rather positive. By the end of book 1 you hate him with a passion, but now, he has become one of my favourite characters. He is very handsome, he is clever, and once you stop seeing him as "the evil Kingslayer" and you start seeing things from his own point of view, he is not really a bad person. He is quite ruthless when fighting his enemies and defending his own, that's true, but none of the characters in the books are 100% good.