This post is dark and full of spoilers.
Last week, we dealt with the prophecy of Azor Ahai, because of course we did, and as a result of the constant death, death, murder and death, it did make whittling down our reborn hero a little bit easier to figure out. This week we shall discuss the prophecy of the Valonqar, because of course there’s another prophecy.
A long, long time ago…
Let’s start off with a little bit of back story shall we? When she was but a young maiden, Cersei Lannister was at the tourney for King Aerys Targaryen’s vistit to the Westerlands. She being footloose and fancy free, decided that this was the best time to search out “Maggy the Frog” a woman from overseas, rumoured to have the gift of sight. The queen bee that was Cersei was accompanied by her “friend” Melara Hetherspoon. After a threat or two, Maggy begrudgingly agreed to tell the girls’ fortune. Cersei asked 3 questions and was less than satisfied with the answers. Melara took her turn, only to be told that her early demise would be caused by Cersei’s hand. In a rage, Cersei throws a potion jar into Maggy’s eyes, and the woman curses the girls as they run off.
Cersei: When will I wed the Prince?
Maggy: Never. You will wed the King.
Cersei: I will be queen, though?
Maggy: Aye. Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear
Maggy informs the young Lady Lannister that she will one day be Queen, but she will not marry the young Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, with whom she is greatly enamoured, but will in fact marry the King. Who we know turned out to be Robert Baratheon. She states that a younger and more beautiful queen will not only end Cersei’s reign, but will take everything that she cares about.
Melara: Will I marry Jaime
Maggy: Not Jaime, nor any other man, Worms will have your maidenhead. Your death is here tonight, little one. Can you smell her breath? She is very close.
Melara was to fall down a well, that very night, her death close by, just as Maggy predicted.
Cersei’s Children and Demise
Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. 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.
Maggy, in her own roundabout way, tells Cersei that she and the king shall share no children, however she will have children, and she will outlive them all. Maggy then states that the valonqar will be her ultimate undoing.
It is assumed that Valonqar is High Valarian for “little brother” although this could be a mistranslation that may mean “little sibling”, but I guess we’ll find out, won’t we.
Tyrion Lannister is Cersei’s youngest brother, she had always thought him to be the valonqar, being her little brother coupled with the fact that their mother died giving birth
to him, led to her hatred of him growing. Plus, Tyrion has many reasons to wish his older sister dead, years of torment, attempted murder, imprisonment and of course the ever growing bounty on his head.
Jaime Lannister may be Cersei’s twin, but he was in fact born after she was, which technically makes him her little brother too. They did have an incestuous relationship for years, but they drifted apart and as Cersei became colder and crueller, Jaime journeyed a path of redemption. So who knows, maybe Jaime will be the one to end Cersei….
Daenerys Targaryen is the little sister of Rhaegar and Viserys, and like I said before, it may be a slight mistranslation. Daeny has many reasons to want Cersei dead, the first of which being that it was Lannister forces that ended her family’s reign (and lives). Cersei’s late husband Robert Baratheon tried to murder the Khaleesi and her unborn child. Finally Cersei’s children are seated upon the throne that Daenerys plans to reclaim.
Tommen Baratheon, the youngest of Cersei’s children and as a result, a little brother, could technically be the Valonqar, although Tommen is destined to die before Cersei, there is always the possibility that he may rise from the grave, either by the hands of the Others, or Maester Qyburn. Either way he would return somewhat changed and could easily strangle his mother.
Bran Stark, although crippled, is a younger brother and has the super warging ability of being able to control the mind of the (assumed to be) half-giant Hodor. So maybe he could warg into Hodor, or even the Mountain and murder Cersi that way.
Rickon Stark is hanging about somewhere right? He will have been wandering the war-torn countryside with Osha, hearing about each one of his family member’s unpleasant ends. So he will have plenty of reasons to want Cersei dead, and at this stage, I’m not sure anyone would recognise the lad.
Arya Stark could easily be the Valonqar, we know she wants Cersei dead, she’s on her little death list, remember? With prophecies liking to be a little obtuse, Arya is training with the faceless men, who use the infamous Strangler potion/poison. It wouldn’t be too great of a stretch for the young Lady Stark to use such an option to end Cersei’s life.
Loras Tyrell may be the one to murder Cersei, with the help of his sister Margaery. That is, if he ever gets out of the cell in the sept. Margaery may be the younger, more beautiful queen that is pre-destined to destroy Cersei, but after creating the situation that forced the Tyrell siblings to be locked away, Loras could kill Cersei, to repay her for all of their suffering.
Sandor Clegane might be dead. We know he was badly wounded but there are many theories that he is still alive, and at large. The Hound, being the younger brother of the Mountain, has many reasons to hate the Lannisters, from their treatment of him and because he has few other options left in life. If he is still alive,but like I said, we have no idea!
We know they have no problem killing, so any one of the younger Sand Snakes could be the valonqar. They all have plenty of reasons to wish Cersei dead, and they have the added bonus of the definite willingness to do so. However I think it may be someone closer to the situation than the fiery women of Dorne.
We’ll just have to wait and see who the elusive Valonqar will be, but I’m betting on it definitely not being Tyrion, because it seems a tad too obvious, especially for a prophecy. We know those things are deliberately misleading! I want to know who you think it will be, or hope that it will be? I’d just love it to be one of the Starks, in some sort of poetic justice, or PLOT TWIST, Jaime, because she would not see that coming! Let me know your thoughts and maybe we’ll be able to figure this out together!