For Cersei Lannister, Season 6 of Game of Thrones has not been kind to her. However, if the prophecy revealed to her as a child is correct, her life could still get a lot more miserable. But could it be Sansa who brings down the once powerful Cersei? Let’s have a look at what the prophecy actually says.
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In the first episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, a flashback was shown of Cersei Lannister as a child (played by Nell Williams) visiting Maggy the Frog ( Jodhi May). Maggy is a witch who will predict your future using a drop of your blood. Cersei offers this up and was allowed to ask three questions even though Maggy warned her that “everyone wants to know their future until they actually know their future.”
Cersei asks if she will wed the prince she has been promised to. Maggie replies she will “marry the king.” Cersei’s second question is quickly taken up by her asking if she will be queen. Maggy insists she will be, but only “for a time.” She elaborates on this, “Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear.” Finally, young Cersei asks if she and the king will have children. “The king will have twenty children, and you will have three… Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds,” replies Maggy. You can check out the full scene below.
The Independent, along with many fans, believe Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) will be the one to bring down Cersei (Lena Headey). In fact, she currently doing that. Margaery has taken over Cersei’s son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and is manipulating him in much the same way Cersei was doing previously. This could cause Cersei to lose hold of what she holds dear as Margaery manipulates Tommen and brings down Cersei that way.
However, could it be a woman in the North that truly brings down Cersei in Game of Thrones? Sansa (Sophie Turner) and her half brother, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), have reclaimed Winterfell, placing her in a place of power she hasn’t seen before. Not only is she back in the home that is her birthright, but she is also an independent woman who controls her own life now that she has killed her husband, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Could she choose now as a time to exact her revenge on the woman who made her life so miserable while she was betrothed to Cersei’s son, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)?
Another thing to factor into this theory is the support Sansa now has from Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen). This support is certainly a double-edged sword as shown in the preview for the Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones since Petyr seems to think Sansa is now under obligation to him. But let’s not forget two important elements to Petyr Baelish and his relationship to both Sansa and Cersei.
Firstly, we know that Petyr was deeply in love with Sansa’s mother, Catelyn (Michelle Fairley). While Petyr appears to have few scruples or morals when it comes to playing the great game of thrones, his love for Catelyn seems to be genuine. To have him in a position to marry Sansa, even if it is coerced on his behalf, would place him into the next best marriage other than his one true love. Perhaps he would look after Sansa in the way he always wished he could of Catelyn Stark.
However, this first element may be overruled by the second. In Season 5, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, Petyr had a conversation with Cersei that could see him have to kill Sansa. In this conversation, he promised Cersei, “Name me Warden of the North … I will not rest until the Lion flies over Winterfell.” Cersei is happy to name Petyr Warden of the North, so long as he kills Sansa. “I’ll know you’re a man of your word when I see Sansa Stark’s head on a spike,” she tells him. This statement is used as a way to control Petyr with an offer of legitimate power. However, it could also be seen as a way for Cersei to knock out yet another “younger, more beautiful” woman who could be in direct competition to her power thanks to that prophecy that has hung over her head since she was a young woman.
So, it seems Sansa’s potential threat to Cersei could come down, once again, to the actions of a man close to her. Will Petyr be faithful to his one true lady love, or to his seemingly obscene love of power? Only tuning into Game of Thrones will reveal all.
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“Season Finale. Cersei faces her trial.”
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