Game of Thrones season 8 is almost here, and that means an answer to all the fan theories that have been swirling around the show for the past eight years. While there are many theories to consider, one of the biggest has to be the identity of the Valonqar.
8. Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister, the greatest Lannister-killer of the age… this is definitely who Cersei believes the prediction refers to! The word ‘valonqar’ is generally translated from High Valyrian to denote ‘little brother’, and Tyrion is Cersei’s younger brother – not to state physically little.
Cersei has always despised Tyrion, and he has already proven his keenness to murder family members, so this is one of the most evident options. However, could it be a little too obvious?
7. The Hound (Sandor Clegane)
While Cersei may believe that the prediction is referring to her ‘little brother’, there’s nothing to say that the valonqar has to be connected to her at all. It could well refer to any younger brother – and that opens the possibilities up to characters like Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound.
While the Hound started out on the show as Joffrey’s bodyguard, he’s since collaborated with Jon and Daenerys, while his hated older brother (The Mountain) is acting as bodyguard to the Queen. Having the Hound kill Cersei could also signify that fans get Cleganebowl – the battle of the Clegane brothers.
6. Arya Stark
In a final twist on the analysis of the Valonqar theory, Missandei pointed out that in High Valyrian, ‘valonqar’ doesn’t actually have a gender. That implies that though the prophecy uses the word ‘him’ and refers to a ‘little brother’, it could also actually be a woman. And the ‘little sister’ who would be first in line to take out the Queen has to be Arya Stark.
Since the end of the first season, Arya has been indomitable to kill Cersei – she was one of the first names on her kill-list. Arya was even on her way to kill Cersei when she learned that Sansa and Jon were at Winterfell, and chose to return home.
Additionally, Arya might be the most competent with regards to actually getting the deed done. Her training with the Faceless Men has made her an unbelievably capable killer, and she knows King’s Landing and the Red Keep like the back of her hand, thanks to her time there when Ned was Hand of the King. This would absolutely be an epic ending to Arya’s story.
5. Daenerys Targaryen
Another extremely solid probability is Daenerys Targaryen herself. The younger sibling of Rhaegar and Viserys, she fits the description of valonqar… and she surely has inspiration to want Cersei dead! Since season one, Daenerys has been gritty to return to Westeros and take the throne, and seeing as Cersei is presently sitting on that throne, Dany would be more than glad to take her out.
However, there is one possible concern with this; the idea that the valonqar will choke Cersei to death. While Daenerys is definitely fatal, she’s not quite that hands-on.
The Dragon Queen is a huge fan of barbequing her enemies, and would be more likely to land in King’s Landing with Drogon and burn Cersei in an explosion of dragonfire than sneak up on her and choke her opponent. At the very least, she would have one of her bloodriders or Unsullied do the actual deed…
4. Brienne Of Tarth
Brienne may be the oldest living child of Lord Selwyn Tarth, but she did have an older brother as a child (Galladon, who died at the tender age of eight). This means that she may well be the ‘little sibling’ of the prophecy.
She also has lots of motivation to kill Cersei – whether that is because she was faithful to the Baratheons and then the Starks (and Cersei has slaughtered lots of both houses), whether she kills Cersei to protect one of the Stark women, or whether this may end up being about Brienne’s feelings for Jaime (and his for her).
Brienne is in addition physically more than capable of killing Cersei, who may be a plotter, but who isn’t physically the most dominant character – whereas Brienne is one of the best fighters in the series.
3. Bran Stark
Bran, aka the Three-Eyed Raven, might not seem like the biggest danger to Cersei – after all, he is crippled and in Winterfell, while Cersei is in King’s Landing and would be (apparently) capable of overpowering a skinny boy like Bran. However, Bran has many reasons to kill Cersei – and his capabilities as a Greenseer and Warg could enable him to do it.
Whether Bran wants Cersei dead for what she’s done to his family, or (now that he’s the slightly impassive Three-Eyed Raven) because he can utilize his gifts to perceive what will happen if she is permitted to continue ruling, he could potentially figure out how to warg into The Mountain, and use Cersei’s own zombie-bodyguard to kill her.
Unlikely, perhaps… but it would make for an completely implausible scene!
2. Cersei’s Unborn Child
For a little while, fans were theorizing that Tommen could end up as the Valonqar – shocked by his mother’s actions, he would kill her himself. A proper end… but now that Tommen has leapt to his death, not something that is about to occur.
However, another child of Cersei’s could be the one to kill her – because it has now been confirmed that Cersei Lannister is pregnant. While some disagree that this invalidates the whole Valonqar prophecy, and means that no one will kill her, another prospect is that Cersei will die in childbirth. The one most important error in this theory is that dying in childbirth is absolutely not being strangled to death.
1. Jaime Lannister
At last, obviously, we have the fan favorite: Jaime Lannister himself. In spite of the fact that Jaime and Cersei are twins, Jaime was brought into the world second (if just by minutes) making him actually her ‘younger sibling’. Furthermore, despite the fact that Jaime cherished his sister toward the beginning of the series, by this point, things have definitely soured.
Jaime is upset at the loss of all their children, shocked at what Cersei is doing, and sad about what happened with Tommen. He’s absolutely physically fit for killing Cersei, and has shown himself willing to kill, and even break vows, to do what he thinks is correct. Could Cersei’s doom come at the hands of the man she loves?