Why Cersei Will End Up on the Iron Throne in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale

Who ends up on the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones may arguably have more singular importance to people than anything in pop culture right now. As it stands so far, Cersei Lannister is the Queen and sits on the throne and Daenerys is aggressively eyeing it. However, will she ultimately keep it by the Game of Thrones finale based on her haunting prophecy? What about Arya becoming a major heroine? The clues are still as murky as the dark scenes during the Battle of Winterfell.

Cersei was made to retain the throne

Lena Headey
Lena Headey plays Cersei on ‘Game of Thrones.’ | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

One of the greatest aspects to the women characters on Game of Thrones is they’re often smarter and stronger than the men. We all needed to see that in an epic fantasy show setting such a high bar for what TV can do. This goes against the grain of classic fantasy of old, which usually had the men dominating and the women capitulating to the events.

Whether George R.R. Martin intended it to be this way is still up in the air considering he has yet to finish his last two books. At least he’s proven his women characters have equal manpower in his earlier books, including Cersei. According to him, Cersei, Arya, and Daenerys were intended to play pivotal roles in his own finale.

It’s clear Cersei has super smarts since she’s outwitted numerous enemies, including managing to stay alive after the Night King/White Walker invasion. Despite many calling her a narcissist, her violent actions to stay on the throne were all based on a prophecy she was foretold by a witch when younger. You may remember this prophecy as saying one of her siblings (as in younger brother) would kill her. Also, a “younger and more beautiful” woman would supersede her on the throne.

What might make the Game of Thrones finale so different from the books is they may prove prophecies are as faux as real psychic predictions.

Cersei’s advantage during the war

We’ve recently made some arguments about Arya or Daenerys possibly taking the throne in the end. In those instances, we were a bit facetious about the idea of all three women battling it out on their own, not taking into account two out of the three have their own armies. Arya, on the other hand, seems like her own battle-ready army.

Cersei still has a powerful force behind her, with many media outlets trying to weigh the averages on how big her army is compared to Daenerys’. At this point, Cersei’s army is battle-ready and Daenerys’ has been wiped out and is likely tired from fighting the Army of the Dead. Sure, Daenerys has dragons but if she’s going to win over the people, she can’t use them the way she did against the Night King.

Plus, when you add in that Cersei has almost omniscient awareness of her supposed prophecy, you can see she’s prepared for any possible person stabbing her in the back. As we’ve seen, though, we can expect surprises with many of the characters. Even though it’s not necessarily surprising Arya killed the Night King, it means the final battle will come down to the main, very human characters.

For those who believe prophecies are taken way too seriously in real life, the realization of having Cersei’s prophecy debunked would be very satisfying.

Will we still see a major battle sequence with the three women?

Certainly, a case can be made for Arya deserving to become Queen. If she attempts to take the throne, she might die heroically while at least valiantly trying. By the final episode, it may really come down to Daenerys and Cersei going at each other, tooth and nail. Perhaps their respective armies will basically cancel one another out, leaving it up to them to decide who becomes a new queen or retaining the title.

Jon Snow may also die (again) trying to claim the throne as the rightful heir. Or, maybe no one will gain the throne as one of our writers suggested over three years ago. A notion of going from feudalism to a democracy would fall more in line with what Martin likely would want.

Most importantly, the show will hopefully leave a lasting lesson that we can’t really predict the outcomes of anything.