ByPramit Chatterjee, writer at
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Pramit Chatterjee

Throughout the history of Game of Thrones, House Lannister has been the personification of royalty and authority. Be it by the important positions they've held or the gold and crimson colors they sport; the Lannisters have always been at the top of their social hierarchy and they never miss a chance to boast about it. However, their glamorous appearance has never saved them from violent deaths or brutal punishments, and the best example of this duality is Cersei Lannister.

Note: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

Despite being born into a privileged family, Cersei hasn't exactly lived the picture-perfect life she had imagined when she was young. Although her awful predicament can be attributed to her vengeful decisions, Cersei's destiny has played an important role in her harrowing journey to the Iron Throne. While a major fraction of her prophecy seems to have been fulfilled, Cersei's pregnancy could turn out to be a curse for the Lannister household.

What Was Maggy The Frog's Prophecy And How Has It Played Out Till Now?

Season 5 had opened with a pivotal flashback regarding Cersei Lannister, that saw her meeting with a witch in the woods of Casterly Rock named Maggy. While most children of her age would've fled from the witch's hut, Cersei decided to stay put and threaten Maggy until she agreed to foresee her future.

Despite being warned that she wouldn't like what she was about to hear, Cersei went ahead with the ritual and was granted three specific questions about her future:

Cersei: "I've been promised to the Prince. When will we marry?"

Maggy: "You'll never wed the Prince. You'll wed the King"

Cersei: "But I'll be Queen?"

Maggy: "Oh yes, you'll be Queen. For a time. And comes another ... younger, more beautiful. To cast you down and take all you hold dear"

Cersei: "Will the King and I have children?"

Maggy: "No. The King will have 20 children and you'll have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds."

While prophecies of Azor Ahai or the dragon-riders are always open to interpretation, Maggy's prophecy about Cersei Lannister has played out as she was promised.

Cersei was initially supposed to wed Prince Rhaegar Targaryen but the rebellion against the Targaryens changed Tywin's political stance and she ended up marrying King Robert Baratheon. But due to the couple's waning love life, Robert went onto have multiple baseborn children and Cersei began her incestuous relationship with Jaime. This led to Cersei bearing precisely three children (Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen) with Jaime, who subsequently met their demise — thus keeping Maggy's prediction on track.

As the events at The Reach has proved that Daenerys might be the "younger, more beautiful" Queen who'll take down Cersei, it leaves us with one vital aspect of Maggy's forecast that has been left out of the show. The book's version of Cersei's prophecy hints at the exact nature of her death, as it states:

"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 term "Valonqar" in High Valyrian means "the little brother" and seeing how both of Cersei's brothers are younger than her, this portion of the prophecy has always indicated that the killer will either be Jaime or Tyrion. However, when this element is combined with the latest news regarding Cersei's pregnancy, the mystery around Cersei's murderer becomes clearer.

What Does Cersei's Pregnancy Mean For The Lannister Household?

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Cersei has been destined to meet a bitter end ever since she was born into the Lannister family and her prophecy has always reminded her of that. Although she had tried to step out of her predetermined path by giving birth to a son with Robert Baratheon, Cersei's fate didn't allow her to do so as she wasn't supposed to have a child born in wedlock:

"Such a little thing. A bird without feathers. They came to take his body away and Robert held me. I screamed and I battled, but he held me. That little bundle. They took him away and I never saw him again."

Considering how Cersei has exhausted her child-bearing "quota" of three via Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, she might be facing a miscarriage or a failed child delivery with her recent pregnancy. So, while her professional life as a Queen is a triumph, as her personal life has been in shambles ever since that fateful day at Winterfell, the death of yet another child might push her to be the successor of the Mad King.

Cersei has already avenged the deaths of Joffrey and Myrcella by killing Olenna Tyrell and Tyene Sand respectively, and had come to terms with Tommen's death by deeming him a traitor. However, as Cersei wanted to forge a new beginning with Jaime and her unborn baby only, the death of that child might have a deep emotional impact on Cersei and set the Valonqar aspect of her prophecy in motion.

Despite their familial affections, it was evident that Jaime's latest actions has planted the seeds of doubt in Cersei's mind. On the other hand, Olenna's last barb has also forced Jaime to question his morality and the lengths he's willing to go for love. So, if the combined effect of Cersei's miscarriage and their faltering sense of faith causes Cersei to take an impulsive action on his brother, Jaime might resort to the righteous side of his psyche and put an end to his sister's reign of terror.

Ever since Season 1, George R.R. Martin and show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have shown their penchant for toying with viewers' expectations, but they've always stayed true to Cersei's doomed fate. Considering how the rest of Maggy's prediction has come to fruition, Cersei's pregnancy is evidence that the rest of her prophecy is nearing completion. So although the resolution of the war for the Iron Throne depends on Jon Snow's ability to capture a Wight, the battle for Cersei's soul relies on the survival of her baby.

Do you think Cersei will suffer a miscarriage and go the same way as the Mad King? Let me know in the comments.


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