The best thing about an entire world being created in books and television is all the theorizing you can do about possible outcomes. I know I'm not the only who spends a lot of time thinking about and discussing Game of Thrones theories. One such theory is that Jaime Lannister will murder his newly queened sister. But I have to say, I think there are multiple reasons Jaime won't murder Cersei on Game of Thrones.
The Jaime-will-kill-Cersei theory comes from a prophecy shared with Cersei by a witch named Maggy the Frog in both A Feast for Crows and Season 5 of the HBO series. So far, a few parts of Maggy the Frog's prophecy came true — that Cersei would be queen, that her husband would cheat on her, and that all her children would die before her.
However, the book version and the TV version have one very interesting difference. The book also includes the line, "The valonqar [High Valyrian for "little brother"] shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you." This clue makes it seem possible that Jaime Lannister is going to snuff the life out of his older twin. It's awfully convenient that the guy with the penchant for killing completely insane world leaders happens to be very capable of getting close enough to Cersei to strangle her. But stay with me here, guys. I've got some alternate ideas.
1. Let's Be Real, Tyrion Will Probably Do It
I mean, if the prophecy is true and a little brother is going to take down Cersei, it seems more likely that the guy who said, "I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid," will do it. You know, over the guy who used to share several children with Cersei.
2. Prophecy Is Fickle
Remember how Melisandre was convinced that the only way Stannis would win the battle for Winterfell was if she set Princess Shireen on fire? Prophecy can be interpreted any which way, but that doesn't mean it will be correct.
3. What If Jon Snow Does It?
What if "Valonqar" doesn't mean "younger brother" per se, but actually means, in this case, younger family member? Jon Snow is both Daenerys' (and maybe Tyrion's) younger family member. What if he kills Cersei in a northern attack on King's Landing? Valyrian can't be an easy language to translate.
4. Or Arya?
Arya can pretend she's anyone now, thanks to the Faceless Men boot camp. She could totally morph into Tommen or some other little brother confusing Cersei, and then murder her regal nemesis. The (probably) future Mad Queen is heavily featured on Arya's kill list, and the girl is highly resourceful, so I think she could probably pull it off.
5. Or Literally Any "Little Brother" In The Series
The Hound is a little brother, Theon Greyjoy is a little brother, Grey Worm might have been a little brother. Who says it has to be Cersei's little brother whodunnit?
6. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Doesn't Think It Will Happen
Coster-Waldau shared his two cents with Huffington Post while discussing his good works as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and climate change awareness activist. He claimed, "It’s a theory … but it has a beautiful, romantic, tragic thing [to it],” adding that, “It’s probably too obvious.”
7. It's Too Easy & 'GoT' Doesn't Do Easy
Let's be real guys, Coster-Waldau is right and GoT never does what we want it to do. I'm not even sure I'm hopeful for Cersei's death anymore — we've all been through so much together at this point. My thoughts about the current Iron Throne sitter aside, there's a whole lot going on in the GoT-verse that we might not have even grasped yet. Heck, we could find out the whole thing has just been a really intense game of Dungeons & Dragons played by the Stranger Things kids.
8. Jaime Only Has One Hand
How's he supposed to strangle anyone with his "hands" when he's only got one working hand? It's in the details, people.
9. He Could Totally Die First
In his time, Jaime has made a whole bunch of enemies. Just think, the Sand Snakes would probably be OK with poisoning another Lannister, while the entire North would also be happy if Jaime was no more. That's a lot of people who could bring about the death of one guy before he can bring about the death of one queen.