Last week, HBO released the first trailer for the penultimate season of ‘Game of Thrones’. In the days following the drop, fans have likely been scrutinizing the preview to get any and all information they can about the seventh season of the popular fantasy drama before it premieres in July. However, unless you have also spent a considerable amount of time heavily analyzing the books, you may have missed a potentially life-ending detail.
Vanity Fair recently shared a very interesting observation about the season seven trailer. There’s one quick shot of Cersei and Jamie Lannister standing on a map that may or may not tease the end of the queen. Here’s the scene in question:
Now, pay close attention to their places in the room. Cersei is standing on the area of Westeros known as The Neck, which is a narrow marshy swampland that connects the northern wilderness to the southern kingdoms. Jamie is located by the series of rocky peninsulas to the northeast of the Vale of Arryn known as The Fingers. Why is this important? We have to look to the writings of George R.R. Martin.
If you recall in Season Five, a young Cersei received a dark prophecy about her children dying before her. In the books, there’s more to that scene where Cersei’s death is predicted. The fortuneteller says that after the death of her children, “the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” In Valyrian, “valonqar” means “little brother”, so obviously she takes it to mean that Tyrion will be her downfall. Although, that would be the obvious answer, which Martin tends to avoid in this series.
And now is where the map comes in. Jamie is technically Cersei’s little brother as well. Despite being twins, she came out of the womb first. So based on their locations on the map, this could be foreshadowing that the prophecy from the books could come true. After all, he didn’t seem completely on board with his sister’s actions at the end of the last season. Or it’s just a slight nod to the source material from the showrunners. Or it’s entirely possible that Vanity Fair is looking way too far into this. No matter what the case may be, this is an interesting theory.
What do you think about this Cersei Lannister theory? Do you think that it’s possible that it could come to fruition before ‘Game of Thrones’ ends? Or do you see a different fate awaiting the queen? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
‘Game of Thrones’ starring Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Gwendoline Christie, and so many others returns to HBO on July 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm EST.