Game of Thrones has had its fair share of gruesome moments. Murder, torture and everything between is commonplace in The Known World, so much so, after six full seasons, most fans have become fairly desensitized to violence. But that doesn't mean there aren't events to come that'll still make the most hardened of Thronies recoil in horror. Unfortunately, following events in "Stormborn," that event may not be far away — with Queen Cersei the perpetrator.
Before we go on, the usual spoils lie ahead, so be warned. The chain of events that may lead to Cersei becoming an evil puppet master began with Euron Greyjoy's frenzied attack on Yara's Iron Fleet; during an ultra-violent battle, Euron captures Yara, along with Ellaria Sand and her daughter, Tyene. His motivation is clear — he promised Cersei a gift, and his prisoners are more than likely heading to King's Landing.
Cersei Is Set For Revenge In 'Game Of Thrones'
Let's reflect for a second on Cersei Lannister. The recently crowned Queen was already regarded as the embodiment of villainy before the final episode of Game of Thrones sixth season, but then she went and raised the bar (and the roof) higher by orchestrating the explosion of all explosions, using wildfire to obliterate the Great Sept of Baelour, killing scores of people inside without even a facial twitch of remorse.
Now, imagine the kind of depraved acts she'll have in store for her new captives, and in particular, imagine what she'll have in store for Ellaria Sand, the woman who killed her only daughter, Myrcella Baratheon. The Lannister child was referred to as a "sweet and innocent girl" by Tyrion Lannister, spending her days in Dorne due to her marriage to Trystane Martell. While returning to King's Landing, Myrcella dies from a poisoned kiss from Ellaria, her final breath taken in the arms of her real father, Jaime Lannister.
Cersei will be fuelled by grief in her quest for vengeance. She'll want to outdo herself which, considering her past behaviour, will take some doing. Disturbingly, an idea floated on Reddit may've predicted what Ellaria's punishment will be, based on brutal events that have been mentioned the Game of Thrones TV show, but occurred before Season 1 — a copycat murder of the vicious killing of Elia Martell.
The Gruesome Murder Of Elia Martell
Those familiar with the cause of Elia's death will shudder in fear. Elia Martell was married to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and resided at King's Landing during the era of Robert's Rebellion. During the Sack of King's Landing, the Lannisters turned against the Targaryens and Lord Tywin Lannister commanded Ser Gregor Clegane to kill Elia and her two children. So he did, in the most fucked up way possible.
Gregor burst unexpectedly into the Royal Chambers, where Elia was staying. In front of her own eyes, he murdered her daughter, Rhaenys, and her infant son, Aegon, the latter by viciously smashing his body against a wall. While still covered in the blood of her offspring, Clegane raped Elia, before crushing her skull to a pulp using his inhuman strength.
This hideous crime was referred to in #GameofThrones Season 4 when Oberyn — the brother of Elia and Ellaria's lover — demanded justice, leading to an infamous duel with The Mountain. Having appeared to won the fight, Oberyn demanded The Mountain confess that Tywin gave the order for him to kill Elia. The Mountain did confess — but only after catching Oberyn off-guard by tripping him and crushing his skull in the same way.
Cersei will remember all of this and may take some twisted inspiration. With the zombified Mountain at her side, she may order him to act out the events in the same way, with Ellaria the victim; killing Tyene in front of her own eyes, before raping her and crushing her skull. For viewers, it could be one of the hardest moments to watch throughout Game of Thrones seven season run.
There could be a way out for Ellaria, though she is in a position of checkmate. For a split moment, as she climbs the stairs after her capture, she appears to grab something from her skirt. Is this a stash of poison (check the image below)? If so, she may digest the poison before Cersei has a chance. Death seems inevitable, but the best hope she has is that when it arrives, it's quick and painless.
Do you think Cersei will reenact the murder of Elia as an act of revenge?