WARNING: Some major spoilers lie ahead for the last two episodes of Game of Thrones. Read ahead at your own peril.
After seven episodes of Season 6 of , it was starting to seem like none of the various loose ends of plot threads would ever be tied up. But last night’s episode, “No One,” seemed to lay a clear path to how some of those storylines would be resolved.
The most intriguing part of last night’s episode (other than Arya giving two metaphorical middle fingers to Jaquen H’ghar) was when Qyburn reported back to Cersei that his “little birds” had looked into something for her and turned up something huge. “Is it a rumor, or is it more?” she asked her spy. “More. Much more,” he replied cryptically.
Now, what that might be referring to, I’ll get to in a moment. Instead, I want to talk about a new theory from Redditor that makes perfect, tragic sense: Jaime Lannister will be the one to kill Cersei by choking the life out of her.
Consider the prophecy told to her as a young girl by witch Maggy the Frog: 1.) That she would marry the king, 2.) That she would be Queen until someone younger and more beautiful usurped her, 3.) That she would have three children and they would all die. So far, almost every part has come true, with the exception of Tommen, who is still alive – for now.
The last part of Maggy the Frog’s prophecy for Cersei’s future was, “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Cersei has always believed that this was about Tyrion, spurring her hatred for him. Yet, what if the prophecy is referring not to Tyrion, but to Jaime? Why would Jaime kill his sister, whom he’s admitted is the only thing in this world that matters to him?
It goes back to what Qyburn has been investigating for Cersei. As we know, Jaime Lannister earned the moniker that would haunt him forever, Kingslayer, when he killed Aerys II after the Mad King went, well, mad, and tried to torch the entirety of Kings Landing with wildfire. Since then, no one’s really talked much about the stockpiles of wildfire that Aerys had left hidden in secret spots all over the city.
But it appears that Cersei remembered it, enough to have Qyburn’s network of little spies ferret out the locations. And Cersei is just mad and ruthless enough to try and blow up the city and the people who had turned their backs on her if it meant taking out the Faith Militant and High Sparrow – and, let’s be honest, Margaery Tyrell, the upstart who has now effectively taken Cersei’s remaining child, Tommen, from her. Remember, Bran had a vision of wildfire blowing through the tunnels of the city.
This is the only thing mad and destructive enough to get Jaime to turn on his beloved sister and end her life. If everyone has a destiny, it would be poetic that Jaime is destined and doomed to be the slayer of rulers who would destroy Kings Landing. His nickname has been the Kingslayer, but that could easily become the Queenslayer. It’s not hard to envision a scenario in which Cersei puts him in the impossible position of having to kill her just as he did Aerys all those years ago. Imagine the betrayal he would feel that she would dare recreate the event that marked him forever. “Kingslayer” is a slur he’s never been able to shake, and it’s shaped the entire rest of his life, contributed to his murkier moral path.
The rest of RobertGoulet850’s theory speculates that after killing Cersei, Jaimie will either kill himself in his grief or die in the wildfire explosion. I’d like to think that there’s a better path for Jaime, however, and it has to do with Brienne of Tarth. Cersei and Brienne have always acted as the devil and angel on his shoulder. Jaime hasn’t always been a good man – in fact, he’s been a very, very bad man – but every evil act he’s done has essentially been for his sister. She has, for his entire life, been the black anchor weighing his soul down. Every time he tries to rise above, she drags him back down to her level.
Brienne, on the other hand, appeals to the better angels of his nature, calling to the goodness he possesses, deep-down. Because while Cersei is rotten to the core, Jaime has shown flashes of nobility and kindness. Imagine who he might be if he no longer had Cersei holding him back. I suspect that Jaime may lose Cersei by his own hand, and it will damn near kill him – but perhaps Brienne is the hope he holds onto to lead him back to redemption, the North Star toward which his compass needle swings. When he told her in last night’s episode that “It’s yours; it’s always been yours,” he clearly wasn’t just talking about a sword. I don’t believe their last parting look as she rowed away was one of goodbye, but one of a story unfulfilled.
Or maybe it really was a goodbye. Maybe she’s the reason he even works up the courage to do the right thing and kill his sister then sacrifice himself in the first place. Hell if I know, at this point. It’s Game of Thrones. Anything can happen.
What do you think? Will Cersei plot to blow up Kings Landing with wildfire? Will Jaime kill her? Will he kill himself? Will he survive to see Brienne again? Let me hear it in the comments!
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