At this point in Game of Thrones, as sick and twisted as it may sound, we’re all pretty much just waiting to see how Cersei’s gonna go.
I mean, the series has set us up with the idea of her death from the beginning with a prophecy, which she received as a young girl.
It goes like this… “You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll 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. And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Every part of this prophecy has come true. Except the last sentence. So how will Cersei go? Here are the most likely theories.
Warning: Do not continue reading unless you’ve seen the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”
1. Tyrion will kill her
Cersei has always hated Tyrion. First, she hated him for being born. Their mother died giving birth to him. Then she hated him for the way he looked. Then she hated him because she thought he killed Joffrey. Then he did kill Tywin.
Basically, he and Cersei have some serious beef, and Tyrion’s already proven he isn’t afraid to turn on his family. The time could come when it is Daenerys or Cersei, and Tyrion will make the right decision.
He also happens to be her little brother (both in age and in the stature she despised), and the word “Valonqar” (used in the prophecy to describe the person who will eventually kill her) means “little brother” in High Valyrian.
2. Jaime will kill her
Though he and Cersei are twins, Jaime is the younger by minutes, making him her little brother (technically) also. Throughout the past two seasons specifically, we’ve really seen Jaime’s opinion of Cersei shifting, meaning he might be the one to finally take her life.
This theory kinda fell through the cracks for me, though, when we found out Cersei was pregnant with Jaime’s child for the fourth time. It would have been a big step for him to kill Cersei to begin with. He is definitely not going to kill her while she is pregnant with their child.
3. Her youngest child will grow up & kill her
It could also be a King Arthur situation in which years in the future, the child will come back and take his vengeance against his hateful mother.
The problem with this theory: There’s not enough time left in the Game of Thrones timeline — what with the White Walkers so close to the Wall — for the kid to really have time to grow up enough to kill his mother. Spinoff idea?
4. Daenerys will kill her
Daenerys may use her dragons to take out Cersei once and for all, in which case “Valonqar” could refer to the younger of the dragons between Rhaegal and Drogon. After all, it just says “the Valonqar,” not “her Valonqar.” R.I.P. Viserion.
5. Jon Snow will kill her
Now that we know Jon Snow is a legitimate Targaryen, it could be that “Valonqar” refers to the fact that he is not just the youngest son in the Targaryen line but the only one.
Caveat: I don’t think Jon would have a personal problem killing Cersei if the opportunity presented itself, but since they are both royalty now, killing Cersei could really cause some issues for him. He has to play the political game, meaning he isn’t just going to stab her when he gets the chance.
6. She’ll die in childbirth
It could be that she is pregnant with a boy. Therefore, “Valonqar” could refer to Cersei’s youngest son (who in this case, will also be her little brother). It could be that Cersei will die in childbirth, though this death seems a little bit too real to go along with a series that makes such a show out of characters’ deaths.
7. Cersei won’t die
So, here’s an interesting thought: The prophecy might not refer to Cersei’s death at all. It might instead only refer to the death of her children. “…choke the life from you” could refer to an instance to come that causes Cersei to have a miscarriage, therefore, the life, aka the fetus, is expelled from her by force. What if someone poisons her wine to kill her but ends up just killing the child? Now this would be devastating and might be the last straw for Cersei’s sanity, in which case I could see her living a long life in a corner muttering to herself about her crown. That sounds worse than death to me.