This is with respect to when Ned and Cersei have this conversation:
Ned Stark thought of pale blue roses, and for a moment he wanted to weep. "I do not know which of you I pity most."
The queen seemed amused by that. "Save your pity for yourself, Lord Stark. I want none of it."
"You know what I must do."
"Must?" She put her hand on his good leg, just above the knee. "A true man does what he will, not what he must." Her fingers brushed lightly against his thigh, the gentlest of promises. "The realm needs a strong Hand. Joff will not come of age for years. No one wants war again, least of all me." Her hand touched his face, his hair. "If friends can turn to enemies, enemies can become friends. Your wife is a thousand leagues away, and my brother has fled. Be kind to me, Ned. I swear to you, you shall never regret it."
"Did you make the same offer to Jon Arryn?"
She slapped him.
"I shall wear that as a badge of honor," Ned said dryly.
She seems very confident of how strong her hold on men who sleep with her can be, although her only real experience of this seems to be Jaime. Of course Ned turned her down. However, if he hadn't, what would Cersei have done? Was this just a tactic to buy some time or would she have believed that he was firmly under her thumb now and hence useful to her?
Many argue that Ned was stupid not to have taken LF's advice or Renly's offer, but hardly any ever argue that he should have taken Cersei's offer. Why?
(and Ned would wear what as a badge of honor? Are we really to believe that Cersei is so strong that her slap will leave a visiblemark on the face of a hardened warrior like Ned for any substantial length of time?)
Edited by Hajk, 01 February 2014 - 04:47 PM.