Not dragons, not horses, not even giants. Cersei wants Elephants.
“WHY CERSEI WANTS ELEPHANTS ?” is one of the most asked question by anyone who watched starting episodes of Game of Thrones season 8. In this post, we’ll try to answer some of the most probable reasons why Cersei wanted elephants so badly.
After two long years of waiting, the Game of Thrones is back with its final season. The first episode mainly focused on politics around Winterfell which is going to be the battlefield against the undead. The episode featured Jon and Daenerys reaching Winterfell who were immediately greeted by Sansa, the Lady of Winterfell. We saw an emotional reunion with Sansa, Arya, Bran as well as Sam. The North also finally got to see the almighty dragons and a huge army led by Daenerys who is now the Queen of the North.
While the major preparation for the war is taking place at the North, something quite peculiar is happening at King’s Landing. Cersei, now the queen of the seven kingdoms is in a tenuous position. She had some really badass moments throughout the series but right now she is outnumbered in terms of power and strength. After all her enemies have dragons and the other has a horde of the Undead. After the alliance of The North and Danerys, who has two full-grown dragons, the Dothraki and the unsullied, Cersei Lannister feels that she has to recruit major armies who would follow her every command in order to keep her throne.
Cercei is a person who is willing to do anything for power and wealth. She uses mind games and tricks in order to get what she wants.
“Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon… her best weapon is between her legs.” Yup, that’s her line
She has lost lots of people lately and right now she’s in the terrible position
She acquired huge funds from the Reach, House Tyrell. Using that wealth she bought herself the best army money could buy which is The Golden Company. We haven’t seen the Golden Company yet but they were mentioned a few times over the series.
The Golden Company consists of 20,000 fighting men who use horses and elephants. The Golden Company is well known for its nobility and honor. Unlike other mercenaries, the Golden Company is said to have never broken a single contract which makes them trustworthy and deadly at the same time. Like the unsullied, the Golden Company are trained fighters who have a great experience on the battlefield. Ser Jorah Mormont was once part of the company. In Cersei’s eyes, the Golden Company is the answer to her crisis in military power. Despite the weakened state, there is no doubt that the queen of the seven kingdoms has few tricks left especially the wildfire which I’m sure we’ll get to see soon.
In the first episode, the Golden Company reached the Kings Landing led by Harry Strickland along with Euron Greyjoy. Cersei was then informed that they had 20,000 soldiers, 2000 horses but no elephants. We could see how disappointed Cersei was when she found out that there were no elephants. She repeatedly emphasized how badly she really wants elephants them even after sleeping with Euron Greyjoy.
Why Cersei wants Elephants?
The Social Media exploded with memes related to Cersei and elephants and many are wondering why Cersei wants elephants.
So what makes Cersei suddenly so obsessed with elephants. After all, she had to deal with dragons and the never-ending armies of the undead. However, its worth to note that elephants are rare in the world of Game of Thrones. Cercei also wants to have massive animals at her disposal when the times comes. She was indeed promised with elephants. So she might be right for wanting elephants. After all, elephants are huge creatures, when trained can inflict massive damage.
The Golden Company is well known for the usage of horses and elephants on the battlefield. Even the free folks use giant Mammoth elephants during battles and are seen to do a great deal of damage. We saw how Mance Rayder used Mammoths during the battle against the Night’s watch and they were nothing short of destruction capabilities. Perhaps some of the news from the battle got to Cercei which may be the reason why she wanted elephants really bad. In GOT universe elephants are kind of mythical creatures and are nearly rare as the dragons in the seven kingdoms. Cersei will need everything she can gather in order to maintain her position at the throne. She even slept with Euron fearing that she might lose the support from him as well.
So, we think that Cersei is not exactly obsessed with elephants as many might think. She just needs every attacking power she can get hands-on and having her deprived of the magnificent battle ready animal disappointed her
Bottom line is Cersei ignores the real danger from the white walkers. She has lost all her supporters and allies, mostly because she eliminated those who disagreed with her. Right now she only has the army of the Golden Company. Of course, she has the naval support from Euron, but we all know how unreliable he is because he only wants to sleep with the queen. At this point, Cersei seems to have a clear disadvantage if she faces head to head battle with now allied force in the North. Perhaps she plans to wipe out the remains after the North Eliminates the Undead. Who knows? We just have to watch and see.