Game of Thrones is the world’s most popular show. During the first episode of Season 7 alone, 16 million people tuned in to watch the fate of Westeros. Since the end of Season 7, viewers have plenty of time to theorize about a couple of the show’s major plot points before the next season debuts. One thing that’s on everybody’s mind: Who will kill Cersei Lannister?
There are a few theories floating around, and recently, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jaime Lannister, weighed in with his opinion. Here’s a look at what he had to say.
1. The prophecy
In Episode 5 of Season 1, we learned Cersei’s prophecy, courtesy of Maggy the Frog. So far, everything’s come true: She was promised to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen as a young girl, but ended up marrying King Robert Baratheon after his rebellion and had three children, all of whom are now dead.
However, there’s a final line to the prophecy in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire that includes: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar [High Valyrian for ‘little brother’] shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” If this line, like the rest of the prophecy, comes true, Tyrion or Jaime Lannister will have to kill Cersei.
2. The Tyrion theory
In the books, it’s easy to see why Cersei hates Tyrion so much — she thinks he will be the one to kill her children and eventually her, according to the prophecy. In the show, that last line of the prophecy isn’t included, but Cersei’s hate for Tyrion is still very much alive and well.
We can chalk it up to Cersei blaming Tyrion for the death of their mother (during childbirth), and, eventually, the death of their father, but there isn’t an outright explanation for Cersei’s blatant hatred. In any case, Tyrion is still a top contender to be “the valonqar.” He hates his sister and fears for those under her rule.
3. The Jaime theory
If Tyrion doesn’t kill Cersei, then one would think it’d have to be Jaime, which is, apparently, the more popular fan theory. Though Jaime and Cersei are twins, Jaime is technically a few seconds younger, making him a very possible candidate for the role of valonqar.
Wouldn’t it feel satisfying to see Jaime finally come to his senses and see his sister (and lover!) for who she truly is?
4. The childbirth theory
Then there’s the theory that suggests Cersei will die in childbirth. Though her baby couldn’t exactly be the valonqar, if she died while giving birth, Jamie would technically be at fault, as the father of the child.
However, based on Maggy’s line, “You will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds,” we have to assume that either Cersei is not really pregnant, will have a miscarriage, or will give birth to a stillborn (and perhaps die in the process).
5. Arya’s list
A lot of people want Cersei dead, but maybe none more than Arya. Thanks to the first episode of Season 7, we learned that Arya has fully mastered the art of wearing faces, donning the skin of Walder Frey to poison those responsible for the Red Wedding.
Though the prophecy states that Cersei’s younger brother will be responsible for her death, maybe all that’s needed is his face — Arya will do the rest.
6. What Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks
Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, doesn’t think his character will be the one to kill Cersei — at least, he hopes not. In an interview with InStyle, he said the thought of Jaime killing Cersei with their unborn child still inside of her makes him uncomfortable.
“It makes sense. He killed the Mad King and now he’s killing the Mad Queen,” says Coster-Waldau. “It’d be like the Red Wedding 2. That would be really horrible. I hope he wouldn’t.”
7. What Tom Hopper thinks
In a recent interview with Be, actor Tom Hopper, who played Dickon Tarly on the show, gave some insight into his thoughts towards these particular show theories. Since Dickon died on the series (along with his dad) for refusing to bend the knee to Daenerys, Hopper now gets to theorize with the rest of us.
His guess? He told Be that he thinks Jaime is going to end up killing Cersei.
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