There are only two episodes left in this abbreviated seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” and with the story progressing at breakneck speed after years of more leisurely pacing, even the most crucial characters could die at any moment. But things might not be looking too good for Queen Cersei. In episode five, “Eastwatch,” she revealed to her brother/lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she’s pregnant with his child. She reveled in the news, but perhaps she should be afraid.
As we recently noted in our death watch, Cersei was told a prophecy when she was a child by a fortune-telling witch named Maggy the Frog. “Everyone wants to know their future, until they know their future,” Maggy warned, but Cersei asked for it. “You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king. You’ll be queen … for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear … The king will have 20 children, and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
The witch was right about everything so far. Cersei didn’t marry the prince, Rhaegar Targaryen. She instead married the king, Robert Baratheon. She did in fact have three children, all of whom died: Joffrey and Myrcella by poisoning, Tommen by suicide. And Cersei did indeed become queen. But what about the rest. If it’s true that Cersei will be dethroned by someone younger and more beautiful, that could be good news for Daenerys (Emilia Clark). Or for that matter it could be good news for Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But if Cersei is only to have three children, her pregnancy could portend tragedy.
There are a few possibilities. Cersei’s child could die before coming to term. Or Cersei could die before giving birth. Or the prophecy is wrong and all bets are off. Which do you think it will be? Vote in our poll below and watch episode six of “Game of Thrones” on Sunday night, August 20.