There were a lot of big moments in the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones—some expected, some not. Now that the season is over, the road has been paved for one of the last remaining theories to come true.
Last night, Cersei Lannister’s plan to burn the Sept with everyone in it went off without a hitch but it had unintended consequences when poor Tommen decided to kill himself. It was a shocking moment, especially because Cersei pretty much had no reaction, but even more important is the fact that it confirmed an old prophecy viewers heard back in season 5.
According to Maggy the Frog, Cersei would outlast her children and then die at the hands of the “valonqar,” which is roughly translated as “little brother” in High Valyrian. Does this mean Tyrion, who is on his way to Westeros with Dany, will be the one responsible for striking Cersei down? You’d think that, but it might actually be Jaime who takes her out.
Here’s Maggy’s full quote:
Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands around your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
Cersei was stricken with grief following the death of Joffrey and Myrcella, but after learning of Tommen’s death she was notably indifferent, telling Qyburn to burn his body and spread his ashes over the remains of the Sept. You’d think as someone who loves her children so dearly she’d be, well, sad. But her lack of emotion is probably a bad sign and might have more to do with her accepting Maggy’s prophecy.
Cersei was told she’d wed the king, which she did, and then she was told she’d outlast her children, which she has done. Now all that’s left is for her to be killed by her younger brother, which will probably be Jaime. Did you see that look he gave her at the end of the season finale? He saw the destruction Cersei wrought on King’s Landing and knows that without her children, she’ll be a ruthless and cruel leader.
Jaime has already slain a king once and it looks like Game of Thrones is about to go down that path once again.