Throughout Game of Thrones Season 7 it’s felt like Cersei is living on borrowed time.
But a new fan theory not only proposes the perfect, bittersweet end to her entire house’s reign of terror, but also would give Tyrion the long-awaited justice he deserves.
First, let’s get one thing out of the way: Cersei is destined to die. And considering Season 8 only has 6 episodes to wrap everything up, it’ll need to happen fast.
For another thing, the most recently published book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series left Cersei seemingly inches away from death at the hands of her own deranged political power plays. It also ended with her losing her only remaining ally, with Jaime ignoring her pleas and leaving her behind in King’s Landing to die.
With Jaime finally departing in Season 7’s finale, it looks like the show has finally caught up to his character arc in the book. But how exactly will the end play out for Cersei, you ask?
Well, the books feature a prophecy Cersei received when she was young that foretold her death — it was abridged slightly in the show, but that hasn’t stopped fans from using the prediction as the basis for numerous theories about how Cersei might bite the dust.
For those who need a refresher, the prophecy from Maggy the Frog stipulated that:
Three [children] for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
The first part already came true, with Cersei’s three children dying due to the political chaos around the crown. But Season 7’s reveal that she was pregnant with a fourth child supposedly threw a wrench into the entire prophecy.
That is, until a redditor put the pieces together on how a new baby could actually fulfill the second part of the prophecy brilliantly:
Over the years, there have been many credible predictions about the identity of the “valonqar” (which means “little brother” in Valyrian) who will choke the life out of Cersei. She always believed it referred to her own “vile” little brother, Tyrion. He has every reason to want her dead, after all.
We even theorized at the beginning of the season that Jaime would be the one to kill Cersei, since he was born right after his sister so is technically her “little brother” too. It would also be a perfect redemption for his betrayal of the Mad King Aerys in his attempt to protect the realm, which only awarded him infamy as a Kingslayer.
But, judging by where the season finale left Jaime, it looks like he’s out too. Instead, this new theory would be a twisted yet perfect full circle for House Lannister on so many levels.
Cersei always hated and terrorized her “imp” of a brother Tyrion for “killing” their mother during childbirth. If she dies in the same way — especially if she gives birth to a child with dwarfism — it’ll force her to recognize that she shares the same genes which made him so “monstrous” in her eyes.
It would not only be a comeuppance for all of her cruelty toward him, but also final proof that Tyrion is in fact a true Lannister. Despite Cersei and Tywin disowning him as “no son of mine,” the ultimate irony would be if dwarfism was exactly what did bring down the Lannister empire after all.
After years of paranoia that the fall of House Lannister will come in the form of Tyrion’s vengeance, it would be so poetic if the destruction of her line comes from inside Cersei’s own belly.
We love the idea of this ending because it would finally bring justice for Tyrion, too.
During the trial where his own father sentenced him to die (despite knowing he was innocent), Tyrion confessed his true crime to Tywin was not killing Joffrey. “I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I am guilty of being a dwarf,” he said. “I’ve been on trial for that my entire life.”
This turn of events would even deliver on Tyrion’s vow that his monstrousness would kill them: “I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it!”
If this theory is correct, the “monstrous” qualities that made his own family disown him will be the poison that kills them all in the end.
But it’ll be a poison that Cersei herself brings into the world.