Warning: This post will contain Game of Thrones spoilers, in case you couldn’t already tell.
The season six finale of Game of Thrones completely changed the landscape of the show moving forward, changing and charting the directions of a number of the show’s most important characters in the future, including confirming Jon Snow’s parentage, finally putting Daenaerys and her crew en route to Westeros, and perhaps the most shocking in putting Cersei Lannister in full control of the Iron Throne. Something that Jaime Lannister didn’t seem all that happy about.
If one thing seems sure, it’s that Cersei’s reign won’t last very long though, thankfully, and it’s only a matter of time now before the Mother of Dragons (and her, you know, dragons) descend upon King’s Landing looking for her new throne. I don’t think Cersei’s going to stand much of a chance against her when she arrives either.
It’s all but assumed that she’s going to reach the end of her rope in the new season also, whether it be at the hands of Tyrion, Jaime, Arya (as Maisie Williams hinted at recently), or some dragonfire is unclear. Though, Lena Headey seems to have some fairly clear ideas about how she’d like to go out.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed who she’d like to take her character out when she finally goes, and what she thinks will happen when Daenaerys arrives. Check out the excerpt below:
Headey, meanwhile, seemed hopeful for a climactic confrontation between Cersei (now installed on the Iron Throne as Queen of Westeros) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke’s character, who ended the season at the head of a fleet headed to Westeros to reclaim the Iron Throne that was taken from her family). With all her children dead and her relationship with her brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) suddenly complicated, Cersei’s story doesn’t look like it will have a pleasant ending. Headey, for her part, is hoping for a “great death by Arya.” (Speaking to EW after the season finale, Headey joked that she hoped either Arya or Tyrion would kill her character off. “No one would relish her death as much as he would,” she said of Peter Dinklage’s character.)
Now, a lot of fan theories have begun to speculate that Jaime could be the one to kill Cersei, since she basically did everything that he ruined his life to stop in the season finale, when she chose to unleash wildfire upon the Sept and citizens of King’s Landing.
Adding to that theory as well is the prophecy from Maggy the Frog, which we only got a small piece of in the show’s fifth season, and unlike in the series, didn’t just stop by predicting her children’s deaths or a young queen taking the throne from her, but also said that she would die at the hands of the “valonqar,” which is old Valyrian for little brother. The show left that segment out, so it’s possible they’ll be going a different route than George R. R. Martin is in the books, but her death being at the hands of either Tyrion or Jaime would likely be the most poetic at least. No matter how much I’d love to see Arya kill her with needle.
Basically, what we’re saying though is that the possibilities for Cersei’s future and overall fate in the show are practically endless at this point, and it seems like Lena Headey is having just as much fun thinking about her character’s demise as we might be. Though we will be bummed to see her new armored shoulder pads go.