‘Game of Thrones’: Who Will Finally Kill Cersei Lannister? These Are the Best Theories
Warning: Game of Thrones Season 8 spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.
With only two episodes left in one of the most popular television shows of all time, people are becoming increasingly anxious trying to figure out what comes next. While many assumed that the Night King was the main threat to the safety of our brave band of heroes, Arya Stark quite literally shattered that theory with a deadly blow. Now the gang is back to square one and fighting a familiar and despicable enemy: Cersei Lannister.
Ever since Season 1, Episode 1, we’ve all had ample reasons to hate Cersei. Sleeping with her brother, advocating for child murder to cover it up, and embarking on a relentless quest for power… it’s like Cersei isn’t even trying to be likable. She just wants to rule the Seven Kingdoms at whatever cost.
What will happen to Cersei Lannister?
Unless Cersei wins the Great War—which would probably cause mutiny and riots in the streets—someone is going to have to kill her. There won’t be any such thing as permanent exile because anyone with half a brain could never trust the ruthless ruler to slink away and never return. There will be a bloody end for Cersei, one way or another.
Now fans are speculating over who is going to be the one to take down Cersei. With no shortage of enemies, it could be so many different people. Here’s who is probably going to murder her.
Option 1: Euron Greyjoy
Only the most discerning fans noticed that moment last week when Tyrion confronted his sister Cersei about being pregnant. The only problem with that? She had only just admitted that truth to her new lover Euron and there’s no way her brother could have known—unless, of course, it’s not his baby. Which we know it isn’t.
Euron is a deeply flawed individual who Cersei can’t fully trust because really he’s just out for power, too. If she gets in his way, there’s nothing stopping him from ending her life.
Option 2: Jaime Lannister
One of the most devastating moments of last week’s episode (besides when Jon Snow dissed and dismissed his direwolf, Ghost) was when Jaime Lannister fled from Brienne of Tarth and headed for King’s Landing.
The scene made it seem like he might be going to reconcile with his sister because he still loves her in a twisted way. But there are plenty of GoT fans who think he’s really heading there to put a stop to her—even if it means murder.
Option 3: Cersei’s unborn child
There’s been a lot of talk about the so-called Valonqar theory, which references a prophecy that was made by Maggy the Frog a while ago. The woman said that all of Cersei’s children would die (which they did) and then “when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
The word “valonqar” means little brother in High Valyrian, which many fans assume could be Jaime (who is Cersei’s twin but was born second) or Tyrion. But in a twisted way, the valonqar could be Cersei’s own unborn child.
Option 4: Arya and/or Sansa Stark
Few people in Westeros hate Cersei Lannister as much as the Stark women. Arya would no doubt love to take out the top name on her hit list, but it’s unlikely that she’ll get to be the hero twice.
Meanwhile, Sansa is a lot more cunning than violent, which could be the perfect way to combat Cersei and her plotting.
Option 5: Daenerys Targaryen
Despite the fact that the Dragon Queen is the main person waging war against Cersei, most GoT fans don’t think she’ll actually be the one to take her down. Daenerys was the undisputed protagonist for a long, long time, but lately, her quest for power and methods in gaining it are feeling a bit reminiscent of the Mad King. Will Dany turn into the enemy? It’s possible.
Also, Cersei isn’t dumb enough to put herself in the path of a fire-breathing dragon. There’s not a lot of confidence that Dany will be the one to murder Cersei.
Option 6: Tyrion Lannister
He killed their father, why not his sister? Tyrion would literally fulfill the Volonqar prophecy if he was the one to end Cersei’s life.
Option 7: Wild card
There are so many other characters in the show Game of Thrones who could kill Cersei. The Hound could do it and finally confront his brother and Cersei’s protector, The Mountain, in the process. Or maybe it’ll be Jon Snow. Or Grey Worm (he has every reason to).
Someone is going to take down Cersei—now we just need to find out who. Sunday night can’t come soon enough.