Warning: This put up incorporates spoilers for each the Game of Thrones TV present and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire guide sequence.
As the self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Kingdoms on Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister now faces enemies in each path. “Enemies to the east, enemies to the west, enemies to the south, enemies to the north,” she says within the first season seven trailer. “Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.”
However, this plan for realm domination might not play out like she expects, as a element from her previous might show to be her final undoing.
In a flashback sequence within the season 5 premiere, we noticed a younger Cersei having her future instructed by a witch named Maggy the Frog. “Everyone wants to know their future, until they know their future,” Maggy says. “You will never wed the Prince, you will wed the King…You’ll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The King will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
The majority of those predictions have already come true. Cersei was promised to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen as a younger lady, however ended up marrying King Robert Baratheon following Robert’s Rebellion. He went on to father many illegitimate kids whereas Cersei’s 3 youngsters — who’re all lifeless — had been a product of her incestuous relationship along with her twin brother Jaime. The solely ambiguity is the point out of the youthful, extra lovely queen, who some consider was Margaery and others suppose will show to be Daenerys.
However, whereas it appears as if Cersei assumed the prophecy was predestined, some have posited that it might truly be self-fulfilling — i.e., the predictions have solely come true as a result of Cersei’s expectation that all the pieces would occur induced her to behave in ways in which (instantly or not directly) made them a actuality.
One instance of this might be the wildfire explosion she orchestrated to homicide Margaery Tyrell, the High Sparrow and everybody else she believed would additional the divide between her and Tommen. Her actions led to Tommen committing suicide.
Even Lena Headey — who performs Cersei on the present — appears to suppose this idea has some advantage. During an interview with TIME, she spoke concerning the second Cersei felt the prophecy had lastly come to fruition.
With Tommen, clearly, it was probably not till final yr that we realized the prophecy from the witch about Cersei dropping her kids and being usurped by a gorgeous youthful queen—she’s, apart from all of the stuff that’s haunted her her entire life, her household, her father, her mom’s dying, Tyrion, the connection with Jaime—she’s all the time believed that she’s going to lose the kids she has. And I believe when Tommen goes, her final youngster, it’s virtually… a aid for her, that it’s over. Some terrible factor hanging over your head after which lastly… it occurs. And there’s a aid. And this season we’ll see her coping with her grief.
However, in A Feast For Crows — the fourth novel in Martin’s sequence — there’s a closing line to the prophecy that the present didn’t embody: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar [High Valyrian for “little brother”] shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Cersei has lengthy believed Tyrion to be the valonqar within the books and even has a imaginative and prescient of him murdering her in AFFC after he escapes from his cell within the Red Keep and kills Tywin.
He killed Father as he killed Mother, as he killed Joff. The dwarf would come for her as properly, the queen knew, simply because the outdated lady had promised her within the dimness of that tent. I laughed in her face, however she had powers. I noticed my future in a drop of blood. My doom. Her legs had been weak as water…It is blood I want, not water. Tyrion’s blood, the blood of the valonqar. The torches spun round her. Cersei closed her eyes, and noticed the dwarf grinning at her. No, she thought, no, I used to be virtually rid of you. But his fingers had closed round her neck, and he or she might really feel them starting to tighten
Despite the absence of the valonqar line in Thrones‘ model of the prophecy, it is clear she has all the time harbored excessive ailing will towards her youngest brother. “We’re the last Lannisters,” she says to Jaime within the season seven trailer as a shot of Tyrion flashes. “The last ones who count.”
However, because the second-born twin, Jaime is technically additionally her little brother, inflicting some to consider that he’ll in the end be the 1 to kill her. This appears particularly possible contemplating that Cersei has now dedicated the very act that Jaime murdered the Mad King to stop — burning the harmless individuals of King’s Landing.
Much of Cersei’s present predicament has roots in her mistrust and abuse of Tyrion: She falsely accused Tyrion of murdering Joffrey which led to his trial by fight which led to the deaths of each Tywin and Myrcella which led to her determined try to guard Tommen which led to his suicide.
“Is it just something where she has built up so much hatred and animosity toward her little brother,” mentioned YouTube character Rawrist in the course of the “Mad Queens” panel of the Game of Thrones fan conference Con of Thrones. “To me it would be fabulous if that prophecy went nowhere. You just have this woman her entire life freaking out, doing things left and right just trying to stop that prophecy and in the end…”
If it involves gentle on the present that Maggy did in reality inform Cersei of the valonqar and Jaime turns in opposition to Cersei as she grows extra unhinged, her obsession with the prophecy might find yourself being the reason for her downfall somewhat than the prophecy itself.
Season seven of Game of Thrones premieres July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.