So it turned out that rumor about wildfire was right in Game of Thrones. But now that Cersei has avoided her trial, what happens next?
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about the Season 6 finale, Episode 10 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
In the Season 6 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), knowing she was fighting a losing battle against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), decided to put her faith in something a little less religious and a little more explosive.
If you remember back to Episode 8 of Game of Thrones, there was a very cryptic conversation between Cersei and Qyburn (Anton Lesser) in regards to an old rumor about King’s Landing. It turns out the rumor that the Mad King Aerys II had a secret stash of wildfire beneath King’s Landing was completely true. Although, to be honest, it is a surprise this was such a secret once its location was revealed. Nevertheless, Cersei blew King’s Landing sky high after she managed to keep her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), safely away from the deadly trial.
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But Cersei’s clever plan was all for naught. Sure, she secured the iron throne in the Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones, but at the expense of her son, Tommen, who jumped to his death. It seems while Cersei’s other son, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), was just like his mother when it came to brutality, Tommen was a gentler soul and the destruction was just too much for him to bear.
In the process of blowing up King’s Landing in Episode 10 of Game of Thrones, Cersei has managed to eradicate her biggest threat, but has also brought about more enemies. So who are all these enemies?
Firstly, Margaery’s grandmother, Olenna (Diana Rigg), is the sole remaining Tyrell. She is also the toughest, with a tongue that could lash out at Cersei before the events of Episode 10 of Game of Thrones. Now that she has no family left, she has traveled to Dorne in order to get the support of Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). Ellaria is happy to join with Olenna as it was a dispute between Cersei and her brother, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), that caused the death of her lover, Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal).
While Olenna discusses revenge with Ellaria, Varys (Conleth Hill) turns up also offering to support both Ellaria and Olenna. For Varys, he is determined to see Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) placed on the iron throne, so to see the downfall of Cersei would be to his advantage. This means Cersei will be up against not only the last remaining Tyrell and her kingdom of Highgarden, but Dorne and Meereen. That’s three kingdoms ready to overthrow Cersei’s reign against her one of Casterly Rock. Considering the Greyjoys have joined forces with Daenerys then the Iron Islands can also be included.
What about the North? After all, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) have just claimed victory and returned to Winterfell. While there are no immediate plans to take on the Lannisters, there is that little incident where the Lannisters and the Freys killed a large chunk of the Starks. So, at some point, when they hear the news about what Cersei has done, it seems likely they will also fight against the Lannisters. And, now that Margaery has gone, could it be Sansa who will bring down Cersei just as the prophecy she holds so dear predicted?
So that’s five kingdoms ready to bring down Cersei Lannister. But, it might be the last enemy that will be the true downfall of Cersei. And this enemy is one she may never even predict. As far back as Season 3 of Game of Thrones, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has stated why he had to kill the Mad King.
As Wetpaint points out, in Episode 5 of Season 3, Jaime Lannister admitted to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) that he killed King Aerys II in order to stop him burning everyone who he thought was a traitor. And, at that time, the king really thought most were traitors to him. So Jaime killed the Mad King in order to save all those innocent lives.
Now that Jaime knows Cersei did the same thing the Mad King threatened to do, he is in a horrible position. While he loves Cersei, he also has a level of honor normally lacking in the Lannisters. Could this mean Jaime is now an enemy of Cersei? According to that same prophecy Cersei believes in, her death will be at the hands of her little brother. Most assume this is Tyrion, someone already in direct conflict with her. But Tyrion is an obvious choice and we know Game of Thrones as well as the source material is based on, never likes obvious choices.
So could Jaime Lannister kill his beloved sister in Season 7 of Game of Thrones? Only time will reveal all.
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