Honestly, the ending that I wanted for Jaime and Cersei (and Euron) played out more like this:
- Jaime getting captured trying to escape to King's Landing, Tyrion coming to rescue him
- Jaime makes it to Cersei's throneroom... Euron is also in the room
- Jaime's true intentions are revealed and he tries to kill Cersei because *despite his love for her*, he can't bear to see her subject the world to any more of her horrors
- When he tries to kill her, Euron steps in to defend her, and ends up besting Jaime who is brought to his knees, unarmed.
- Euron looks to Cersei who doesn't flinch, shows no emotion (totally dead inside) and in doing so, Euron takes it as permission to kill Jaime, which he does and Cersei barely flinches when Jaime's head hits the floor
- Cersei dies by Dany's hand... not her dragon (which eats Euron as payback for the scorpions killing its siblings earlier). Have Cersei start to beg, and say she's pregnant, and then have her kill Cersei anyway slowly, painfully, with a blade (similar to the way Rob Stark's wife got killed)
- Cersei bleeds out on cold dirty stone
- Dany has then been able to face her longtime enemy, and excise some of her anger... and she doesn't go all Ragey-Mad Queen because of that, but she could due to her inability to trust anyone anymore. She could go all Paranoid-Mad Queen, leading to Jon having to kill her, and because of his guilt in doing that - and his lack of desire to rule, he abdicates the throne to the only brilliant, efficient, benign, oddly honourable characters he knows - Tyrion, who chooses to destroy the Iron Throne and make a new throne, crediting Dany with 'breaking the wheel' as she promised.
I wouldn't find it very believable for Cersei to have no emotion towards her brother getting killed right in front of her. She hates Tyrion and couldn't even order The Mountain to kill him at the end of the last season when she was face to face with him. Under that whole evil facade she is still a human, and I think they captured that well in the moment before her death in the last episode.
I disagree. She promised Bronn what he wanted to go execute both brothers. (Or was that order officially from her hand... I don't recall.)
She did, and she also ordered a reward for bringing her Tyrion's head earlier in the show. I think it's different when you have them right there in front of her, as it proved for Tyrion, and he was the brother she hated.
"She hates Tyrion and couldn't even order The Mountain to kill him at the end of the last season when she was face to face with him."
Oh, I don't think she held off on killing him because she has a decent side, I think she held off on killing him because of the incredibly strong traditions about killing guests or emissaries. Not that she has real scruples on that front, the woman doesn't mind blowing up churches, but if she'd killed Tyrion then and there it'd have made her look bad!
So she hired Bronn to kill him quietly instead of having Frankenmountain kill him then and there, because she cares very, very deeply about looking good.
You know, you're right, the show really suffered from the lack of a face-to-face confrontation between Cersei and Danerys!
Personally, I'd like to see them just go at each other with their fists, because those two may be tough when giving orders but without their rank and their monsters they're really just a pair of soft, spoiled rich girls who've never been in a real fight! I think Cersei would have the edge, she's bigger and more vicious, and I'm sure she's slapped a few maids in her day so she's had at least a little practice.
Yup. A bit of girl-fight was necessary.
That said, it's interesting that they flipped characters at the end. Cersei goes from stoic to snivelling/scared and Dany goes from protecting the innocent to barbecuing them. Interesting, but not truly satisfying.