Warning: This submit accommodates spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.
Cersei Lannister introduced that she is pregnant along with her brother Jaime’s child on Sunday night time’s episode on Game of Thrones. The information was met with a collective “ew” by the web, and plenty of followers theorized that the queen could also be mendacity. But if Cersei is certainly pregnant, then the child may fulfill a long-held fan concept about her eventual demise.
First, let’s dive into the argument in opposition to an actual being pregnant. The story is now shifting at a quick tempo, and we merely haven’t got 9 months for this storyline to play out. And whereas we do not know Cersei’s precise age on the present, not less than 1 character has prompt she’s too previous to conceive. Way again in season 3, Olenna Tyrell expressed her doubts about Cersei’s potential to provide an inheritor when Tywin proposed a wedding between Cersei and Loras. “Her change will be upon her before long,” Olenna identified.
Cersei has good motive to lie about being pregnant. Perhaps she feels that her brother-lover is straying from her: The deaths of 3 kids and an ongoing struggle with a dragon queen would pressure any relationship. Jaime additionally simply betrayed her belief by assembly with their estranged youthful brother Tyrion in secret. Faking a being pregnant would pressure Jaime to recommit to her.
A key second in a scene from “Eastwatch” means that Cersei’s information is, certainly, a setup. Jaime walks in whereas Cersei is consulting with Qyburn. “I could give you something,” he says, presumably suggesting the Westerosi model of the morning after capsule. She declines. This looks as if too-perfect timing, virtually as if Cersei orchestrated the dialog for Jaime to see. Maybe she is making an attempt to win Jaime over by pretending to reject Qyburn’s supply in favor of saying to the world that she and Jaime are in love and pregnant.
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Now for the argument that Cersei is pregnant, a plot twist that may make for a greater story. Women faking pregnancies to entrap or trick males is a lazy trope. And a being pregnant ruse can solely final so lengthy. And the writers may get across the logistical challenge of a nine-month being pregnant if Cersei has a miscarriage.
Some followers have even argued that Cersei is pregnant within the books. George R.R. Martin writes from Cersei’s perspective in A Feast for Crows, “Her wretched washerwomen had shrunk several of her old gowns so they no longer fit.” Perhaps the attire appear smaller due to a swollen stomach.
If Cersei is pregnant, then maybe the being pregnant will play a job in fulfilling the fashionable prophecy of the valonqar.
In one of many present’s few flashbacks, a witch tells a younger Cersei about her future. Maggy the Frog says that Cersei will marry the king, not the prince; that one other youthful, extra stunning queen will take all that’s expensive to Cersei; and that Cersei will bear 3 kids, all of whom will die — “gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
The creators of the present left an essential a part of the prophecy out of the scene, presumably in order to not spoil Cersei’s demise. In the books, Maggy concludes: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Valonqar means “little brother” in High Valyrian, and within the books Cersei assumes it is Tyrion who will kill her (therefore her intense hatred of him). But many followers have theorized that it’s the truth is Jaime, born seconds after Cersei, that can kill his twin.
Throughout the present, Cersei has persistently misinterpreted the prophecy and in making an attempt to flee her destiny has unintentionally fulfilled it.
She assumed that she would marry the prince, Rhaegar Targaryen, however as an alternative married King Robert Baratheon. She thought that Margaery was the younger, stunning queen who would usurp her and targeting eliminating her whereas ignoring the true risk, Daenerys.
All 3 of her kids did, certainly, die — partially because of Cersei’s personal actions. Her willpower to make Joffrey sturdy turned him merciless and led Olenna to poison him in an effort to spare Margaery from a horrible marriage. Her willpower to punish Tyrion led to the Mountain killing Oberyn Martell. In flip, Ellaria Sand exacted revenge on Cersei by killing Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella. And her willpower to kill Margaery and the High Sparrow led Tommen to kill himself.
So if Cersei expects Tyrion to kill her, Jaime turns into the extra seemingly candidate to commit regicide. (Regardless, she’s been carrying a number of excessive collars this season to guard her neck.) If Cersei have been to die throughout childbirth, her demise would technically be the fault of Jaime, who fathered her baby. (It’s unclear how Jaime choking Cersei would come into play, however maybe it is one in every of Martin’s many mysterious metaphors.)
Alternatively, Jaime may strangle Cersei. Jaime has but to show in opposition to his sister. Blowing up the Sept, not directly inflicting Tommen’s demise, conspiring in opposition to Tyrion — not one in every of these misdeeds has satisfied Jaime that Cersei have to be killed. But Cersei’s love for her kids is the one factor that humanizes her. If the queen loses the child — and keep in mind the prophecy says she’ll solely have 3 kids — she may develop into so unhinged that she commits the type of act that might compel Jaime so as to add Queenslayer to his resume.