Start picking nursery colors and get out that dragon-shaped rattle because for once it's life, not death, coming to the world of Westeros. We may be used to Red Weddings and battlefield BBQ's on HBO's fantasy frolic, but there is good news in the Seven Kingdoms — well, if you count the Lannisters having an incest baby that is.
After heartache and loss for the sexed-up siblings, Jaime has plonked a proverbial "hot pie" in his sister's oven, meaning Cersei Lannister is "with child" in Season 7 of #GameofThrones. However, given that this is the deadly alliance that spawned Joffrey Baratheon, who knows what smoke demon will push forth from Cersei's womanhood this time round!
With her own zombie mountain and most of her enemies dead, Cersei is currently living the high life at King's Landing — expecting a bouncing baby lion is the silver lining. While some already think that our raging ruler has fabricated her bundle of joy, it seems that Jaime himself is smitten with the prospect of their dynasty no longer dying out. Speaking to Bustle, #NikolajCosterWaldau revealed how the Lannisters are preparing for their upcoming sprog:
"[Jaime] has to hide some pretty extreme emotional responses. He's had kids but he couldn't be open about [it]. He's so excited. They're gonna have a shower next week. He's already got the — you know the BabyBjörn thing? He's gonna carry the baby around on the front — it's gonna be great."
The episode "Eastwatch" saw Jaime rise from his watery grave and Cersei welcome him back with open arms — and presumably open legs. However, that sinister smirk on Cersei's face is probably due to her hopes that a fourth child will break that tricky prophecy from Maggy the Frog. Fans of the show are already awaiting a cruel GoT twist, and after offing poor Margaery (alongside half the characters), Cersei is the least likely in the Seven Kingdoms to get her happy ending. While death is almost certainly coming for Cersei, Coster-Waldau says they are at least happy for now:
"I think that he believes it. If you look at the scene again, she actually looks happy for the first time in, I don't know, three seasons. She seems to believe it as well."
Jaime Lannister - Queenslayer
Forget deciding which pram the Lannisters should pick out, the question on everyone's lips is: Who will be the one to end Cersei's reign of wildfire and morbid wardrobe choices? For those who haven't take a trip to the Citadel recently, there is a prophecy that the Wicked Witch of Westeros will meet her maker at the hands of the "valonqar," which translates as "little brother" in High Valyrian. Much like Azor Ahai, the bets are on for who the valonqar really is, but the most popular theory is that Jaime finally has enough of his lover from the same mother and does the deed himself.
Who can't wait for that sweet moment of payoff when Brother D sticks his golden hand round Cersei's neck and chokes the life right out of her? We could of course be wrong, but even Coster-Waldau himself has weighed in on the theory:
"I think it's a great theory. But even if I did know, obviously I couldn't share anything, but I think it's a great theory. There's a beautiful, poetic truth to it, so who knows?"
The actor had previously snubbed the "Jaime kills his sister" theory, but as the seasons have gone on, he seems more susceptible to the idea that even Cersei's true love will eventually see her for what she is. While the books may not be as obvious, the show has done a great job of setting Cersei up as "The Mad Queen." Season 6 ended with Jaime pensively glancing at the newly-crowned Cersei across the throne room, while Olenna's dramatic death monologue saw the Queen of Thorns warn Jaime that Cersei would ruin him.
Personally, I say get Cersei off that pointy chair and we can all go back to shipping Jaime and Brienne. In the meantime though, we should probably start preparing for that Lannister baby shower — I am fully expecting Cersei to literally shower us with wildfire, but let's wait and see!
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