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The weirdest power couple in Westeros is Jaime Lannister and Cersei Baratheon, twin brother and sis...

‘Game of Thrones’ 101: A Timeline of Cersei and Jaime’s Complicated Relationship

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The weirdest power couple in Westeros is Jaime Lannister and Cersei Baratheon, twin brother and sister who have sex with each other. It’s not just a casual thing — they love each other. Their complicated relationship becomes extra-complicated thanks to the events of “Game of Thrones,” however. This is the story of those complications.

When “Game of Thrones” kicked off, Cersei was queen to Robert Baratheon’s king. Jaime, meanwhile, was a member of King Robert’s Kingsguard. As part of the Kingsguard, Jaime was forbidden from marrying or taking an inheritance — convenient for his relationship with Cersei because it meant they were usually near each other.

Unbeknownst to pretty much everyone, Cersei’s children were not fathered by King Robert — Jaime was the real dad. The Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, discovered this, noting that it was a big deal because it meant Robert’s heirs were not actually heirs. Cersei had Jon Arryn killed via poison to hide their secret, and it’s this gambit that kicks off pretty much everything that happens in Westeros from there.

In the series premiere, Jaime and Cersei travel with the king to Winterfell, where Robert recruits Ned Stark to be his new Hand. While there, the child Bran Stark catches Cersei and Jaime hooking up at the top of Winterfell’s tower. Jaime throws Bran out the window, crippling him.

Back in King’s Landing, Ned Stark soon picks up the trail left by Jon Arryn and confronts Cersei about it. She doesn’t deny that her children are Jaime’s. In the North, an assassin is sent to finish off Bran but is foiled by his direwolf. Catelyn knows the Lannisters have it out for House Stark, and kidnaps Tyrion. Jaime fights and wounds Ned, demanding Catelyn free Tyrion. Robert demands they end this conflict, but is killed by a boar on a hunting trip soon after.

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