It's no secret that, in the world of Westeros, people are dropping like flies. Typically on a television series, the audience can cling to the fact that their favorite characters will probably still be standing by the time the season finale rolls around. Unfortunately, this is not the case for HBO's Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin, who created the fantasy novels on which the show is based, seems to delight in killing off GoT's most beloved characters. After this harrowing past season, it looks like anyone can meet their end at any point. Though we don't know yet about Jon Snow's fate, I'm convinced that George R.R. Martin has hinted Cersei Lannister will die.
Since GoT premiered on HBO in 2011, 61 characters have perished on the series. Some of these characters were minor, but a lot of them were essential, with major plot points in the story. Though the show has finally caught up with the books, Martin is making moves to have the next book Winds of Winter out before the the sixth season of Thrones premieres on HBO. Still, from the books that have already been published, as well as Cersei's role on the show, it looks like her storyline is coming to a close.
Don't believe me? The writing is literally on the wall. Here are seven times George R.R. Martin hinted Cersei Lannister will die.
1. The Walk of Shame
Cersei Lannister is possibly one of the most villainous characters on television. She's mean, manipulative, and murderous. And yet, after the High Sparrow forces her to walk through the streets of King's Landing in the nude while people leered at her, spit on her, and threw things at her, I was heart broken. No one, no matter how terrible, should have to go through something like that. I believe that Cersei's walk of shame was Martin's first step in her ultimate downfall.
2. Ceresi's Children
In A Feast For Crows, young Cersei visits the witch Maggy the Frog with her friend Melara Hetherspoon. When they arrive, Cersei demands that Maggy tell her about her prophecy. After giving Maggy a drop of her blood, Cersei asks about her future children, to which Maggy responds, "Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds.” The only thing that Cersei loves in the world are her children. With Joffrey already gone, only Tommen and Myrcella remain. If both of them die, I'm sure Cersei wouldn't hesitate to throw herself off a tower. This is especially poignant now considering the fact that Myrcella has just been poisoned, and Tommen is nowhere to be found.
3. The Valonqar
Maggy the Frog's prophecy extended far beyond Cersei's children. She also told Cersei, “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” When Maggy tells her of her prophecy, Cersei doesn't know what valonqar means. However, later in A Feast For Crows, she asks Septa Saranella about the word's meaning, to which she replies, "It’s High Valyrian, it means little brother." Cersei's little brother is Tyrion Lannister, whom she hates more than anyone. After her son Joffrey was murdered, she blamed Tyrion for the crime and tried to have him executed. Though Tyrion escaped, he certainly hasn't forgotten what his sister did to him. I'm certain he will seek revenge against Cersei in the coming seasons. Then again, it's also interesting to note that, though she and Jamie are twins, Cersei is still the eldest.
4. Daenerys Targaryen
The final portion of Maggy the Frog's prophecy in A Feast For Crows is just as harrowing as the rest of it. After telling Cersei she would one day be queen, Maggy goes on to say, "Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear." Though she is currently a world away from King's Landing, Daenerys Targaryen would be the obvious choice in Maggy's prophecy. She has both the army and the dragons to conquer the Lannisters and claim the Iron Throne. And yet, I think this might be a bit too obvious for George R.R. Martin. He loves his surprises, and I would bet that the young queen in Maggy's prophecy isn't actually Dany.
5. Margaery Tyrell
If I were to guess, I would say that the young queen in Maggy the Frog's prophecy is actually Margaery Tyrell. Cersei seems to know that Margaery is a threat to her on some level because she has been mean and nasty to her since she arrived at King's Landing. Though Margaery, who is Tommen's wife and the current queen, is currently in prison for lying to the High Sparrow, she still has a great deal of sway with Tommen. Margaery's grandma is also a boss, so I'm certain she will force people to pay for imprisoning her grandchildren.
6. Jamie's Thoughts
In A Storm Of Swords, George R.R. Martin describes Jamie's thoughts. He thinks, "I cannot die while Cersei lives, he told himself. We will die together as we were born together." Jamie and Cersei used to be inseparable; after all he is the father of all three of her children. And yet, when he returned to King's Landing with only one hand, things shifted drastically between the two. Still, their bond is such that one twin could not survive without the other. Their fates are intrinsically linked, and that's probably not a good thing for either of them.
7. Martin's Huge Twist
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin said, "This is going to drive your readers crazy but I love it. I’m still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It’s a great twist." Martin goes on to hint that this huge twist will involve a long-time character. Considering all that Cersei's been through, I would wager that this big twist would involve her in some way.
It's rumored that Game of Thrones will continue for another three seasons. During that time, I'm certain Cersei will be seeking vengeance from the Sparrows and the people of King's Landing. Still, her thirst for revenge may ultimately lead to her downfall. Images: Giphy (6)