Much like our own reality, life and love in the world of Game of Thrones is complicated. The ties that bind our characters can often define them and their future. Sometimes, they make them braver like when Samwell Tarly slayed a White Walker to protect Gilly and her son. Sometimes, they make them risk their lives to show the ones they love how much they value them. Jorah Mormont’s relentless pursuit of Daenerys comes to mind. Sometimes, they cost them their lives not unlike our main man Eddard “Ned” Stark who falsely confessed to treason to save his daughter.
That being said, relationships can also make people do really, really shitty things like push a little kid out of a tower, blow up a temple and order the mass slaughter of a family at a wedding feast. What do all these things have in common? They’re all perpetrated by those bloody Lannisters in the name of family. Altogether, it’s torn them apart, killing Tywin and driving Tyrion away. All that’s left of the family are twin sibling lovers, Cersei and Jaime Lannister. At least they have each other. Sad to say, that’s not going to last long either.
Their relationship is like a white dwarf, it’s doomed to go supernova and cause a ton of damage. The question is: Will it be enough to drive one of these lovers to kill the other? We know that Cersei has already called for Bronn to kill Jaime in the first episode of the final season but the question is: Will Jaime be able to kill Cersei?
Prediction And Prophecy
In the first episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, “The Wars to Come”, we have a rare flashback scene with a young Cersei and her friend Melara visiting a witch by the name of Maggy the Frog. She goes to Maggy to have her fortunes and future told and the things we hear are very interesting, if not downright accurate. Maggy permits her to ask three questions, in which she will tell of three prophecies.
The first question being: I’ve been promised to the prince, (referring to Jon’s father and Dany’s sister, Rhaegar Targaryen) when will we get married? Maggy answers, “You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king.” Did Cersei wed a king? Indeed she did, Robert Baratheon. She certainly didn’t wed Rhaegar Targaryen, that’s for sure.
Then there’s the second prophecy that Cersei will be queen for a time till a younger, more beautiful one will come and cast her down. Cersei in the past suspected that said usurper would be the beautiful and young Margaery Tyrell. But now that she’s out of the picture, perhaps the prophecy will be averted. Not very likely seeing that there is another potential usurper who is coming to, as Maggy puts it: cast you down and take all you hold dear. That usurper is most likely Daenerys who has declared open war against Cersei. She threatens her rule, her right to the Iron Throne and most importantly, her unborn child.
Then Maggy releases the third prophecy when a younger Cersei asks if she and the king will have children. She says, “No, the king will have twenty children but you will have three.” The first part of the third prophecy clearly alludes to Robert’s infidelity in his previous marriage to Cersei. The twenty being the numerous bastards he’s sired through his relentless whoring and fornication. Cersei indeed does have three children borne out of an incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime; Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella. Maggy continues saying that “gold will be their crowns, and gold will be their shrouds.”
It’s possible that the “gold” crowns Maggy was referring to is the golden Lannister hair. Then again it could be referring to their royal heritage seeing that Joffrey and Tommen were at some point king and Myrcella was betrothed to the soon-to-be ruler of Dorne, Prince Trystane Martell, which would essentially make her queen. Shrouds are traditionally used to cover the deceased at a funeral. Therefore, the prophecy implies that all three of them shall die. Did all three of them die? They did. Joffrey and Myrcella were poisoned, and Tommen committed suicide. Yea, this prophecy is starting to look pretty legit but why does this all matter? You’re about to find out.
The prophecy in the TV show is actually incomplete for in 36th chapter of the fourth novel, A Feast for Crows, in the book series Game of Thrones is based on, Maggy also tells her that “when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar in high Valyrian means “little brother”. Well then, that settles it. Jaime won’t be the one to kill Cersei because the “little brother” so to speak must surely be referring to Tyrion, right? I mean he is not only little in terms of stature but is also the youngest of the three Lannister siblings. Moreover, Jaime is her twin brother which rules out the possibility of him being the Valonqar. Case closed…or is it?
In the 45th chapter of the Game of Thrones novel, we have a direct quote from Cersei stating: “Jaime and I are more than brother and sister. We are one person in two bodies. We shared a womb together. He came into this world holding my foot, our old maester said”. He came out holding her foot which implied that Jaime was born just a little after Cersei. And that’s just enough to qualify him for the role of valonqar in Maggy’s prophecy. Now since this part of the third prophecy didn’t make it into the show, it’s unclear whether or not it still applies. Game of Thrones is known for adopting major plotlines from the books and dropping others, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But there’s more than one reason to suspect Jaime murdering Cersei. One less to do with magic and prophecy, and more to do with history.
The Cycle of History
Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” His words have been ringing true throughout the series of Game of Thrones. There’s a cyclical nature about the show’s history that tends to have events reoccur but often with different characters and context. Tyrion was Hand of the King to King Joffrey, a young ruler was cruel. ill-tempered and pension for ruthlessness, but now he serves as Hand to Daenerys, a good and kind queen…who is also young, impatient and has a pension for ruthlessness.
But that’s just one interesting coincidence, right? Well, what about the Lannisters who ordered the massacre of the Red Wedding to also have a tragedy and death befall Joffrey in the Purple Wedding? Then, there’s Daenerys’ arrival in Westeros mirroring that of her forefather Aegon who had came to rule Westeros. These things aren’t prophetic speculations, they’re events that happened! There is a sort of poetry in Game of Thrones’, and it’s safe to that it does “rhyme”. Which is precisely why I believe history will repeat itself for Jaime Lannister.
Jaime Lannister was the personal protector, a Kingsguard, to Daenerys’ psychopathic father, Mad King Aerys II. Aerys was ruling before Robert Baratheon ascended the throne, in fact, it was during Robert’s rebellion to usurp the Mad King. When King Aerys II realized that the war was lost and that the Lannisters had betrayed him, he ordered Jaime to kill his father and burn in the city in wildfire.
His final words being, “Burn them all!” To stop the Mad King from enacting his plan, Jaime stabbed Aerys in the back. Thus killing the king he swore to protect and ending the reign of the Targaryens. Jaime carried the stigma of “Kingslayer” from that day forth. He had made a terrible decision for the greater good. I believe he will once again make that decision with Cersei.
Jaime was Lord Commander of the Kingsguard to Queen Cersei (he may not have been officially dismissed, but it appears as though he gave it up the moment he walked away from his sister) much like the way he was to King Aerys II. So it seems that he’s still playing the same role. The difference here is that unlike Mad King Aerys II, crazy bitch Cersei actually managed to use wildfire on her own citizens. In the finale of Season 6, we see her blow up the Sept of Baelor, killing hundreds of people along with nearly whole damn Tyrell family.
Yea, it’s safe to say that she’s not exactly in the best state of mind and still Jaime is not doing anything to stop her. I believe in one of the later episodes when Daenerys attacks King’s Landing, Jaime will go to plead with Cersei to surrender and stop. She will not listen and will suggest a plan as heinous, if not more, as the Mad King’s. He’ll have no choice but to once again kill the monarch he’s sworn to protect. Instead, now, it’ll be a Mad Queen.
So, will Jaime kill Cersei? I most certainly think he will. There’s a precedence for this prophecy and we have observed that Game of Thrones has a habit of “rhyming” past events. More importantly, whatever love that was between the two is quickly fading. Cersei clearly has none left for her two brothers, even going so far to hire Bronn to assassinate Tyrion and Jaime upon meeting them.
Furthermore, Jaime’s a new person. He isn’t the same vain, arrogant, lovestruck killer he once was. He’s an honourable man, capable of making difficult choices in the name of what’s right and true. I don’t doubt that Jaime still cares about his sister but if it comes down to it, and it’s starting to look like it will, he will make the right choice.