In Cersei 1, Pycelle being absent, the queen speaks to Qyburn for the first time and asks him to prepare the corpse of her father for the silent sisters.
So you have that strange necromancer being in charge of the body for an unknown period of time, before the silent sisters and perhaps Pycelle (I say "perhaps Pycelle" because it's said nowhere that he has access to the body at any point after Qyburn is in charge, but still will be blamed for the corpse state later during a council, so we can imagine at some point he was involved)....
Later, when during the ceremony Cersei realises her father stinks she suspects about anybody but Qyburn (the silent sisters or Pycelle, obeing to orders from Highgarden or the High Septon) to have willingly sabotaged the embalming.
And not only she never speaks about the corpse again to Qyburn, not even to ask him why in his opinion it may stinks, but despite having so epicly failed in the very first task she gave to him, it seems she trusted him enough to charge him to investigate Tyrion's evasion. Knowing Cersei a more logical reaction would have been to immediatly suspect Qyburn, the very guy who was in charge of preparing the body, also happening to be a complete stranger to her and an ex mercenary who may be suspected to have been payed for this sabotage, and order him to be beheaded after some torture. How did she ended making him her agent, trusted enough to work on such an extremely sensible affair, and even to be questioned about the even more sensible subject of her prophecy and dreams ?
Even stranger, Qyburn has no fear to tell her he practices black magic and experiments on living bodies. And Cersei who has never showed the smallest interest or belief in magic (out of her prophecy) immediatly offers him to continue his experiments in the red keep, before he even asked.
Later when Jaime question the presence of Qyburn in Cercei's future council, reminding her he has lost his maester position, Cersei answer with the exact words of Qyburn, speaking of grey sheeps like if she ever had an interest in internal politics of the Citadel (and in this dialogue it even looks like Cersei considered Qyburn for a possible hand of the king before deciding for Swyft).
So here is my (ok very crackpot) theory :
- Qyburn magical powers are not limited to assembling creatures like UnGregor
- He used Tywin's corpse as a focus to cast a spell on Cersei, who is then influenced by some kind of charm making her blindly trust him (and forgot he was in charge of the corpse in the first place) ; we know the power of blood, the power of a father blood may very well allow this kind of influence spell ; and it's known black magic is likely to corrupt a corpse used in a ritual
- Eventually some of the insane decisions Cersei took later were done under the influence of Qyburn, and as well the suspicion she develops for Pycelle (despite him having been the most loyal Lannister servant in council for decades), someone Qyburn hates, may not be completely natural ;
- It's also possible he influenced Cersei in the whole faith/trials debacle, to end saving her with UnGregor and become the real power behind the throne when she'll take revenge (one thing is sure, if Cersei come back to power, Qyburn the only who continued to support her in her hardest times, will be her most influent councellor, and may very likely end her Hand) , probably to use the power of the iron throne to take revenge against the Citadel
Edited by Lord Freypie, 18 April 2013 - 08:24 PM.