The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones was a massive one. Between the meeting of almost all of our main characters, a shocking character death, and a startling, game-changing revelation, the finale did not disappoint. As is to be expected with Thrones, one of the biggest and most important moments was one of the more subtle ones. Near the end of the episode during a heartfelt moment between Sansa Stark and Arya Stark, Sansa recalls the words that their father used to say:
"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives."
We heard this quote in the #GameofThrones Season 7 trailer, and many took it as a bad omen signifying the death of another Stark this season. Alas, the season is over and we haven't lost a Stark sibling. In fact, this quote symbolized the strength and unity of House Stark. However, that doesn't mean the words aren't a warning to someone else. The lone wolf, in fact, is exactly who we should have expected it to be: Cersei Lannister.
Corruption Is Being Rooted Out In Westeros
Normally, Westeros is the place to be if you're corrupt, greedy or evil in any way; however, the tables have turned. With winter having finally arrived and the true enemy revealing itself at last, people are showing their true colors, banding together in hopes to survive the Great War. If you don't join the fight, there's a good chance that you'll be one of the first to die.
The Season 7 finale set an example with Littlefinger. Though he tried his hardest to divide the Stark sisters, they saw through his facade and found him guilty on multiple attempts of murder and treason. His death was swift, just and incredibly surprising. Many thought he would make it to the end, or close to it at least. Like Cersei, he's always looked out for himself, a strategy that has worked incredibly well for him in the past — but no longer. The long night is here, and no one can survive on their own. Furthermore, Cersei — for once in her life — is now truly alone.
Jaime Lannister Is No Longer By His Sister's Side
Jaime's always been somewhat of a wildcard, and fans have an intense love/hate relationship with him. He's fairly antagonistic when around Cersei, but very heroic when around Brienne. Many fans hoped that he would finally turn away from Cersei this season, but when her pregnancy was announced, the idea seemed impossible.
However, Cersei is also calculating for her own good. There is only one person she could trust, one person in the Seven Kingdoms who would do anything — kill anyone — for her. That person was Jaime. He would've been a monster for her if that's what she wanted. Yet, she turns him away, threatens his life and actually orders Ser Gregor to kill him. She's bluffing, but the fact that she would risk it tells Jaime everything he needs to know.
Jaime is done with her lies. She gave her word that she would help Daenerys and Jon in the fight against the White Walkers. She promised to call her Banners and send her entire force North. However, in private she revealed to Jaime that her intention was to stab them all in the back. Jaime, furious, refuses to go along with it. Despite Cersei threatening to kill him, the father of her unborn child, he leaves her for good. He's heading North to fight in the Great War, but if he survives, he won't be fighting for Cersei anymore. This ties in with another prophecy as well.
If Cersei Is The Lone Wolf, Jaime Is Truly The Valonqar
The valonqar theory is one of the most popular in the Thrones world. The theory began with the prophecy that Cersei received when she was just a girl. So far, the prophecy has not been wrong. Maggy prophesied that Cersei would be Queen until one young and more beautiful would come and take everything she held dear. That could be Margaery or Daenerys, depending on who you talk to. Maggy also said that the King would have 20 children, and she would have only three — also accurate.
"Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds."
The final part of the prophecy is that when all of Cersei's tears have been spent, the valonqar will wrap his hands around her neck and kill her. Valonqar is High Valyrian for "little brother." There is much debate about whether the valonqar is Tyrion or Jaime, as both are technically younger than Cersei. As satisfying as it would be to see Tyrion kill Cersei, it would be more satisfying, not to mention make more sense, for Jaime to be the one to do it. It was Jaime, after all, that was so loyal to her. Killing her would redeem him fully. Now that Cersei is truly a lone wolf, she is more vulnerable than she ever has been.
With the Stark sisters stronger than ever — and Littlefinger gone — it makes sense that Cersei is the lone wolf. Many doubt that she will make it to the end of the show, and with her now having lost her brother, lover and Commander all in one shot, it seems more and more likely that she will be among the dead next season. She is not a part of the pack, but if Jaime is (as it seems he will be) he will likely be the one to seal Cersei's fate — a fitting end indeed.
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