Warning: this post contains spoilers.
Days on from the release of the highly anticipated first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones on Monday, theories around hidden messages have been coming out thick and fast. And this time the latest includes none other than the Mad Queen herself, Cersei Lannister, and her predicted death.
Taking roots from a season five flashback episode that showed a young Cersei talking to a fortune teller known as Maggy the Frog, Cersei asks three questions.
When she will marry the prince; if she will be queen; and if she will have children.
The fortune teller responds, telling her that she will not marry the Prince, but rather the King; that she will be queen "for a time," before another comes. "Younger, more beautiful. To cast you down and take all you hold dear," and that Cersei's future husband will have 20 children, but she will have three, all of whom will die prematurely.
In the books, one further prediction came during this encounter that did not make it to screen.
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Maggy told Cersei that she would die at the hands of her little brother. That he would wrap his hands around her "pale white throat" and choke her to death.
To date, all of Maggy's predictions have come true. Cersei married King Robert, who as Ned Stark learned, had many bastard children (probably 20?). She has become queen, and through her relationship with her twin brother Jamie, Cersei had three children, all of who have died before her.
So going off of Maggy's flawless prediction record, it's fair to assume that yes, Cersei will die at the hands of her younger brother, which would in part explain her true hatred of Tyrion and her desire to have him killed.
But in the latest episode, fans got handed a major spoiler alert that completely puts Tyrion out of the running and instead suggests that it will Jamie who kills his big sister and former-baby-mother-girlfriend.
Standing in the palace courtyard on a map that covers the entirety of the square, Cersei and Jamie discuss their enemies and how best to strike them down. While doing so, Cersei can be seen standing directly atop a small area of land known as "the neck" of King's Landing. Nearby, Jamie stands on the coastline of King's Landing, an area known as "the fingers."
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND CALL THIS A WRAP, PEOPLE.
As previous seasons will show us, Jamie Lannister has no qualms about knocking off rulers. Nor does he have any issues with inciting violence against his sister (remember that time he raped her on their dead son's grave but producers were like, 'it's cool, she actually wanted it'?)
With all of that, plus George R R Martin's love of spilling blood, for now, we're taking their fan theory as fact. And as Cersei herself once pointed out, " when you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground."