Cersei usually outwits and outplays in the game of the thrones just about everyone - not only Little Finger, as we saw last week, and of course Robert last year, but even Eddard Stark, as we also saw last year. Cersei is prone to kill anyone who knows her and Jamie's secret - anyone likely to really do something about it - and this was the reason that Eddard had to die, risky and provocative of bloodshed and war as that was.
Tryrion, the one person other than Jamie who knows this but is in no real danger from Cersei, sees things differently. He would not have killed Ned, and wants to return his bones to his family as a gesture of respect and civility. He's not in favor of slaying the bastards. Having been to the northern wall, he also realizes what lies behind is a real danger - scoffed at by Cersei.
I haven't read the books beyond the first volume, so I'm predicting just based on what we now know, but it's becoming ever more clear that the imp has the greatest survival chances of not only of his family, but of most all the families in Game of Thrones. He's certainly one of the most appealing characters. As just a small example of his survival quotient, he dismisses the Captain of the Guards who follows Joffrey's orders and replaces him with his own man. Tyrion can do this as the Hand.
The Queen is stronger than the Hand in terms of formal power, but not necessarily with Tyrion as the Hand. Meanwhile, in other doings, Arya has some expected difficulties in her feigning young malehood, Snow's in trouble with that uber-polygamous creep with many wives-daughter, and Greyjoy really enjoys a close ride on horse with his sister, before he finds out that she's his sister. An incestuous bunch, these gamers of thrones. Still not much doing with the dragons - but they're like sleeping giants who will soon arise.
See also Game of Thrones Back in Play for Season 2
And see also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead? ... Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood
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