When Netflix announced they would be adapting Lemony Snicket’s (aka Daniel Handler) A Series of Unfortunate Events I was a little skeptical. Now, it’s true that a lot of their original series efforts (Stranger Things, Orange Is The New Black, BoJack Horseman) have been consistently excellent and entertaining, but A Series of Unfortunate Events is something very near and dear to my heart, and I’ve been burned once before. Nickelodeon’s film adaptation, though handsomely made and entertaining in its own right, failed to capture much of what made Handler’s series so engrossing and exceptional. Time passed, the actors grew too old and a sequel or even a reboot seemed pointless as the years rolled by and the final book was released. Any hopes of seeing the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans told on the big screen seemed hopeless.
It’s never been easy to love Cersei Lannister. From the very first episode of Game of Thrones, Cersei has established herself as one of the show’s driving antagonists. Whether it was playing a part in the injuring of Bran Stark, torturing his sister Sansa, being insufferable to her brother Tyrion or her role in the ascension of the High Sparrow and the murder of Margaery Tyrell, to say she’s been awful would be an understatement. But one thing Cersei has always been is compelling to watch, and no matter how many reasons she gives us to hate her we can’t completely write her off as a villain. This is largely in part to actress Lena Headey’s exceptional work, which has been getting better and better each season the show goes on. It’s time that the Emmy’s reward her.