In the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, we saw Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arrive at King’s Landing along with Tyrion, Lord Varys, the Hound, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Mormont etc. while the Dothraki and the Unsullied were brought into the outskirts of the capital, should any eventuality arise. Jaime and Bronn are preparing Lannisters’ forces and admiring Dany’s show of strength.
Queen Cersei came with Jaime and Euron Greyjoy by her side to discuss the truce. Jon Snow stated that the great war is coming and it’s time for all noble houses to bury their differences and come together to fight against the Night King and the army of the dead which is hell-bent on invading Westeros and bring the long night. At first, Cersei Lannister rejected the idea of sending Lannisters’ forces to the North but after talking with Tyrion she was convinced that this is the right thing to do.
In the end, we learned that Cersei was lying as usual and that Euron Greyjoy is off to Essos to fetch the Golden company which is the most powerful fighting force in the entire region equipped with men, horses, and elephants. The idea is to pick up the pieces of whoever is left after Battle of Winterfell between the Northern houses and Dany’s forces and Night King’s army of the dead.
The finale of Game of Thrones also marked the first episode where Cersei came face to face with Daenerys. Cersei is all about having power at this point. She is not concerned with the army of the dead invading Westeros, all she is thinking about is Maggie’s prophecy. It has so far played out exactly as she predicted as all her children are dead before her – Joffrey (killed in Purple wedding by poison), Myrcella (poisoned by Ellaria Sands) and Tommen (jumped off from the window after Cersei blew off Sept of Baelor through wild fire killing Margery Tyrell as well).
Further, Maggie prophesied that there will be an eventual takeover of Cersei’s position as Queen by more younger and beautiful successor. First, she thought that she has thwarted the prophecy after burning Margery Tyrell alive who was locked inside the Sept of Baelor but when she saw Dany she got a harsh reminder of Maggie’s foretelling.
Jaime is officially disgusted with Cersei’s mad pursuit of power at the cost of entire humanity. She is all about herself and holds onto power without any responsibility. He is finally off her leash and is heading towards the North as he gave his word. In the final confrontation, he made it clear to her that she is all alone in this world now and left her even when baby is on his/her way.
This is what he said:
“She has so little interest or regard for the rest of humanity. It’s all about just her power… He is truly disgusted by the way she acts. At this point, the threat is clearly real. He believes what he sees, he believes his brother, he believes Jon Snow, he believes Daenerys when she says there’s an army of 100,000 marching. That is so much bigger than anything they’ve ever faced… I think that at this point, even the fact that she’s pregnant, there are bigger things at stake because it’s true what he says, ’“No matter what, if the dead wins, there will be no child.’ There is no choice.”
In an interview with HBO’s Making Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau explained in detail why Jaime left Cersei. He said:
“That was it. That was the moment. She’s so cynical on a level that he doesn’t understand. You don’t give your word in front of the whole world and then just fuck ‘em. That’s too far. The fact is, yes there’s always been a lot of deceit, but Jaime is actually pretty straightforward when it comes to ‘walking the walk’ and all that. He’s thinking, ‘You commit to something, and you’ve just seen this thing is real, what the hell…?’ She takes it to a place that he can’t follow her to.”
“She seems more or less willing to kill him, and he finally realizes that whatever he feels for her, it doesn’t go both ways. That whole thing of “We’re in this together,” well, we’re not quite in this together — because you’re not. We’re not playing the same game.”
In a book titled “A Feast of Crows”, there is another Maggie’s prophecy about the death of Cersei. Maggie said to Cersei:
“And when your tears have drowned you, the Valanqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
George R.R Martin explained that “Valanqar” means younger sibling in High Valerian. It gave birth to a theory that either Jaime or Tyrion could be Valanqar.
But could Jaime really kill Cersei and become a Queen Slayer? The answer is no because of two reasons. Firstly, no matter what, Cersei is the woman he loves and he would never kill her even when she goes completely crazy. Secondly, the character of Jaime is now fully ready to undergo a transformation from an Oathbreaker to Oathkeeper. Could Tyrion kill Cersei? Very unlikely. Could Euron Greyjoy kill Cersei and become Valanqar? Well, that could happen.
The most likely scenario is Arya Stark wearing the face of Cersei’s maid and killing her, hence ticking off the last name from her list. The biggest reason why this will happen is because Valanqar prophecy is not part of the Game of Thrones TV show, it’s only in the books.
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