Anticipation is high for the return of Game Of Thrones for its seventh season this July. While the fears of the show rushing into uncharted territory are present, most are still excited to see their favorite characters launch into the great war we’ve been building to all this time. Before an ultimate battle with the White Walkers, the forces of Westeros seem to have to deal with each other and the person who sits on the Iron Throne: Cersei Lannister. At least that’s what the trailer seems to be hinting at.
The shortened 7-episode season is sure to pack plenty of action, but a small detail from the trailer has a few folks thinking that the fate of the queen is sealed and a prophecy will be fulfilled. According to Joanna Robinson over at Vanity Fair — and some fine sleuthing over at Reddit — it would seem that one scene from the trailer hints at more than you’d think. And of course, it once again gives the book readers a leg up on folks just watching the show.
Here we see Cersei standing on the large map of Westeros opposite her brother, Jaime. The details are tiny, as pointed out in the Vanity Fair piece, but they could mean a lot if the details presented in the book hold up. Cersei is standing on “The Neck,” which is a swampy area that narrows and “forces armies on both sides into a bottleneck,” while Jaime stands at “The Fingers.” There’s plenty of detail about these areas in the source article, but the important detail lies in the name and the prophecy that told Cersei about the death of her children and, in the book, her own demise:
The HBO series showed part of this book scene in Season 5. It’s where Cersei learned, quite accurately, that all three of her children would die before her: “gold will be their crowns and gold their shrouds.” But in the book there’s a section of Maggy’s prophecy that foretells Cersei’s death as well. After the death of her children “when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
As Robinson points out, “valonqar” means “little brother” in high Valyrian and it apparently points to an obvious culprit: