Spoilers ahead for both the books and the show!
Game of Thrones is back in our lives once more. The first episode of Season 7 has graced our screens, and what an episode it was! From the North to the South, and the East to the West, we are more certain than ever that nobody is safe.
We knew that all along though, didn't we?
Cersei now occupies the Iron Throne after the death of her son, King Tommen, who flung himself from the Red Keep after the death of everyone within the Sept of Baelor, including his wife, Margaery Tyrell. Cersei's use of Wildfire to exert her will and power over others was truly spectacular. We, as viewers, thought so at least.
But there was one who might not agree.
Her twin brother, Jaime Lannister, started off as the anti-hero, who pushed little Bran Stark from a tower after he and Cersei were caught in a "compromising" position. As a knight who is supposed to be valiant and honourable, we instantly took a dislike to the man that crippled an innocent child.
The Kingslayer was not a nice guy to say the least.
Now, I have to say that I admire him, especially after the character arc Jaime has made throughout the seasons. We were presented with a biased view from the other characters from the very start, and he failed to make the best impression (Bran shouldn't have been climbing anyway. Listen to your mothers, kids.) The name "Kingslayer" has tarnished his reputation.
But when you consider WHY he was given that title, we reconsider his loyalty to duty, and perhaps family?
Back when Jaime was part of the king's guard for the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, he plunged a sword into the old man's back then slit his throat. The reason he did so, however, is explained in Season 3 Episode 5, when Jaime and Brienne are in the bath. It's revealed that the Mad King intended to ignite a stash of Wildfire after his former friend and Hand of the King, Tywin Lannister, sacked King's Landing. Aerys famously repeated, "Burn them all," and Jaime put an end to his mad reign, stopping the city, and all of its inhabitants, from being burnt to ashes.
Sounds familiar to a strong-headed female monarch who has now been dubbed the Mad Queen? Cersei's ruthless use of the Wildfire is enough to connect one mad monarch to the other.
Now to the Prophecy that connects it all.
In the books, a young Cersei visits Maggy the Frog, a fortune teller from Lannisport. Maegi correctly sees how many children both Cersei and Robert will have, and goes on to talk about their golden shrouds, predicting that each will die during the Queen's lifetime.
"Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds," she said. "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" is High Valyrian for "little brother," and considering the hate that has simmered between them ever since his birth, all of the signs have pointed to Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf that killed their mother during childbirth.
But Cersei has another little brother who has shared her bed and fathered her children. He's the only person she trusts and truly loves in this world.
Despite being twins, one has to be older than the other. Cersei was born first, with Jaime following straight after, clutching onto her ankle.
The evidence pointing to Jaime being the one to kill Cersei and put an end to her reign of terror is compelling. Cersei felt nothing over the death of their last son, and Jaime finally noticed how heartless she has become in her quest for power. She is also willing to do anything to ensure she keeps her crown, including burning people alive, something that Jaime fought against and tarnished his reputation because of.
Another hint comes from Jaime and Cersei standing on the map of Westeros, with Jaime by the spit of land called the Fingers, and Cersei on the Neck. This might just be a curveball thrown in to confuse us, but who knows?
Overall, I think that it would be obvious for Tyrion to kill Cersei, or to try to at least. However, I don't believe that Jaime has the ability to kill Cersei, but I would love to be proven wrong.
I haven't read the script leaks for Season 7, and would much prefer to speculate and be surprised. Personally, considering Arya intends on killing Cersei, I think that Arya might take Jaime's face, and have Cersei believe that her brother is killing her. That would mean that Jaime dies, and that would be heart-breaking.
I would love to see Jaime survive. But it seems likely that Cersei will die, whether in Season 7 or Season 8, and I just can't see him living without her, despite all her flaws.
Love is weird. Game of Thrones is weirder. And that's why we love it.
No matter what, keep the tissues handy. You're going to need them.
Winter is here.