This Pattern Confirms Cersei Lannister's Death On Game Of Thrones
Proceed with caution; this blog is dark and full of spoilers.
The Pattern of Lannister Murders
Olenna Tyrell’s death in The Queen’s Justice proved two things: The Queen of Thorns was savage to the very end, and there’s a pattern to those who cause the deaths of Cersei’s and Jamie’s children. Let’s take a look at how each of the Lannister children died, and what befell those who caused their deaths.
Olenna Tyrell poisoned Joffrey by drink in The Lion and the Rose (s4e2), and Cersei (by way of Jamie) poisoned Lady Tyrell by drink.
Ellaria Sand poisoned Myrcella with a kiss in Mother’s Mercy (s5e10), and Cersei poisoned Ellaria’s daughter Tyene with a kiss in The Queen’s Justice (s7e3).
Cersei betrayed Tommen by killing Margaery (and a ton of other people) in The Winds of Winter (s6e10), which led to Tommen jumping to his death. Cersei caused Tommen’s death, therefore, if the pattern holds, someone will betray Cersei and cause her death. The only question is who?
If you have read the books (or scoured the internet for clues), then you know about the complete prophecy young Cersei heard from Maggy the Frog.
The show includes the prediction about Cersei becoming queen and her children’s deaths, but the book reveals one more part to the prophecy: “And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
“Valonqar” translates to “little brother” in High Valerian, which suggests either Tyrion or Jamie will kill Cersei. This prophecy is one of the reasons Cersei hates her youngest brother. Many fans, including myself, believe/hope Jamie will be the one to kill Cersei. There’s also a theory that Jon Snow will be the one to kill Cersei, which would be satisfying as well.
Should Jamie betray Cersei, it would be her downfall. As a vile, power-hungry person, she would not accept defeat. She has no true reason to want to stay alive now that her children are gone, save for her ambition to be Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, with no one to oppose her. If her reign and her life were threatened, Cersei would take as many people with her as she could. Jamie does not need to kill Cersei directly, as she did not kill Tommen directly; he only needs to betray her.
The Mad King Foreshadows The Mad Queen
Though I do not think Jamie needs to kill Cersei to fit the pattern of betrayal, I think he will, for the same reason he killed the Mad King. After all, Cersei is the Mad Queen now. Aerys Targaryen wanted his enemies to burn with wildfire; Cersei made it happen.
Jamie became the Kingslayer by saving thousands from burning alive. It’s a secret that his pride has sat on for many years, though he did share it with Brienne of Tarth.
In Kissed by Fire (s3e5), Jamie explains to Brienne why he killed the Mad King.
“I urged him to surrender peacefully. But the King didn’t listen to me. He didn’t listen to Varys who tried to warn him. But he did listen to Grand Maester Pycelle, that gray, sunken cunt. He told me to bring him my father’s head and then he turned to his pyromancer, ‘Burn them all,’ he said.
Once again, I came to the king, begging him to surrender. He told me to… bring him my father’s head.
Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then? First, I, killed the pyromancer. And then when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back.”
Cersei’s machinations are only growing in scale and insanity. It is only a matter of time before Jamie stops his sister/lover to save innocent lives. He may not stop her with his sword, but to stop her in any way will be seen as a betrayal to Cersei. An end to the pattern of Lannister murders.
Cersei bought temporary power with Tommen’s life, and now she owes a debt. So you see, Cersei must die because a Lannister always pays her debts.