Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has backed herself into a corner on the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
While fans wait to see how she gets out of her predicament with the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), IGN has revealed an interesting theory on Cersei’s master plan.
Up until the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Cersei was planning on dealing with the High Sparrow through a trial by combat. With The Mountain at her side, there is little doubt that Cersei would win.
Unfortunately for Cersei, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) officially ended the practice of trial by combat, leaving her with few options at her disposal.
Enter Qyburn (Anton Lesser). The latest episode proved that Cersei and Qyburn are up to something. Although nothing has been officially leaked, Cersei’s plan might have something to do with wildfire.
In the episode, “Blood of My Blood,” Bran (Isaac Wright) experienced quite a few flashbacks and visions. One of his visions brought Bran to King’s Landing during Robert Baratheon’s rebellion.
In the vision, Bran watched Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) kill the Mad King, Aerys II, before he could burn down King’s Landing with wildfire. Not only did Jamie save the city, but the Mad King’s stockpile of wildfire was left untouched.
The vision, however, confused fans after Bran watched the wildfire burning through a passageway in the city. This never happened because the Mad King was killed before he could execute his plan.
Either Bran was looking into the Mad King’s mind, or else he was seeing something that hadn’t happened yet. If the latter is true, then it is possible that Cersei will try to burn King’s Landing to the ground in order to deal with the High Sparrow.
Of course, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the location of the wildfire. Luckily, Romper is reporting that Qyburn is the one person who might know where the Mad King stashed the weapons.
In the last installment, Cersei and Qyburn had a strange conversation about an old rumor. Is it possible they were speaking about the wildfire?
“Your Grace, that old rumor you told me about,” Qyburn told Cersei. “My little birds investigated.”
“And?” Cersei responded. “Is it just a rumor, or more?”
“More,” he replied. “Much more.”
As fans will recall, this wouldn’t be the first time Cersei dealt with wildfire. Back in Season 2 of Game of Thrones, she hired Hallyne to make a large quantity of the compound, which Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) later used in the Battle of Blackwater.
If Cersei plans on using wildfire on King’s Landing, then there is a good chance that she’ll burn the city to the ground. There is little doubt that Cersei will do anything stay alive, though burning King’s Landing would certainly be extreme and put her son’s life in danger.
Tommen’s death in a blaze of wildfire might make Jaime turn on his sister. In fact, Tech Insider reports that the books have already hinted that Jaime is the one who will end Cersei’s life.
Cersei’s death was prophesied by the witch, Maggy the Frog, whom she encountered as a young child. Fans were introduced to Maggy last season, though her third prophecy was omitted from the story.
In George R.R. Martin’s books, the final prophecy reveals that Cersei’s little brother will eventually kill her, but only after all of her children have died. So far, two of Cersei’s kids have died, only Tommen remains.
Whether or not Jaime actually goes through with the deed and kills his own sister, the one person that matters to him, is yet to be seen. Either way, it is clear that Cersei has reached the point of no return.
The next episode of Game of Thrones is set to premiere Sunday night on HBO, check out a preview of “Battle of the Bastards” below.
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