As the episodes left in Game of Thrones‘ run dwindle to less than 20 in total and the theories about the show’s end mount, each theory becomes more and more important to the end game. While nobody truly knows how things will end at this point (probably including showrunners Benioff and Weiss, if we’re being completely honest) the fallout from the various character relationships and ongoing disagreements could mean the end of multiple fan favorites before all is said and done.
But could one of those people be Cersei Lannister? At this point in the story, Cersei is on the top of the political heap even if she might not be mentally all there (she did just blow up an entire church and kill hundreds of people which drove her only living child to suicide after all). The prevailing theory of Cersei’s downfall currently involves her dear twin brother Jaime, they of the incestuous sexy fun times. As many fans know, when Cersei was a child she was told a prophecy that her younger brother would strangle her to death — so she obviously assumed it was Tyrion.
Fans know that Jaime is also a “younger” brother though even though they are twins, as he was the second baby out of the womb. As the theory goes, seeing as Jaime murdered one king to protect the Seven Kingdoms from a mentally ill despot it only makes sense that he could repeat history and kill his own sister to stop her unstable behavior and possible save thousands of lives. During a recent conversation with Mashable, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau chimed in on whether he thinks that’s actually how it will go down before all is said and done.
“I mean I don’t think he — I’m just saying it’s a valid theory. I can see it makes sense, it has a beautiful — it’s a nice circle [that] they are born together in the womb and then he kills her at the end…It makes sense.”
But when the conversation turned to the motivation behind such an act, he was cagey about what could be coming next.
“You could say that could — that the motivation for doing that would be the same for killing Cersei, but I haven’t seen anything yet before Season 7 that would make me believe that he was capable of doing that.”
When pushed about things in Season 7 that could change that answer, he continued the opaque answers.
“I don’t know. Well, I do, but you’ll have to watch the show.”
Looks like all that HBO media training is paying off when it comes to secret keeping! Thrones returns on July 17, 2017.