Warning: Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and potential spoilers for season eight.
The latest season of “Game of Thrones” was rife with satisfaction for fans. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally met. The White Walkers finally made it to the Wall, then broke through with a zombie dragon. Most importantly, the framework was set for the inevitable battle between the living and the White Walkers.
But even with all that closure, one huge wrinkle remains: Queen Cersei is pregnant with her fourth child with her twin brother, Jaime. But as longtime fans of the series know, Cersei is very unlikely to give birth to another child.
According to a mostly accurate leaked outline of season seven, the latest season of “Game of Thrones” intended to tie off that loose thread as well.
Warning once again: potential spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight.
In a Reddit leak from October that has mostly proved accurate, a crucial scene involving Cersei would’ve solved the issue of the potential fourth child with Jaime. The original poster has since deleted their account, so Redditor maureencreates compiled them.
Here’s the synopsis of the scene involving Cersei that never appeared in season seven:
“Cersei awakens in a bed soaked with blood. The general consensus is that she miscarries.”
Given the nature of the leak as an outline, it’s possible that such a major plot point would’ve come with more of an explanation.
So what happened? Why didn’t this crucial scene show up in season seven? The idea might’ve been scrapped in favor of another solution further down the road. Or it might’ve been filmed and saved for the final season of “Game of Thrones” – or something entirely different. It’s hard to know.
We do know one thing: It’s extremely unlikely that Cersei will give birth to a fourth child.
There’s a simple reason for this, and it lies in a scene from season five.
In the first episode of that season, fans were treated to a flashback of Cersei as a teenager visiting a fortune teller, Maggy the Frog. Though Cersei’s hoping for good news about her future as Queen of Westeros, Maggy has a far more macabre tale to spin.
Here’s how that conversation goes:
Cersei: I’m promised to the prince. When will we marry? Maggy: Never. You will wed the king. Cersei: But I will be queen? Maggy: Oh yes. You will be queen, for a time – until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
Though vague, fans can line up how that all plays out. Rather than marrying the prince she was promised to, Rhaegar Targaryen, she ended up marrying the man who became king after Robert’s Rebellion, Robert Baratheon.
But as we know now, Robert’s Rebellion was born of a lie – that Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s sister. In fact, Lyanna and Rhaegar were in love (and even secretly married).
But that wasn’t all that Maggy the Frog told Cersei as a teenager. Cersei asked a follow-up question: “Will the king and I have children?”
Maggy responds with something more specific, but far darker: “The king will have 20; you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” She then bursts into maniacal laughter.
Thus far, what Maggy said all those seasons ago has come true. Cersei didn’t end up marrying Rhaegar; instead, she married Robert. She had three kids, none of whom were fathered by her husband, but by Jaime, but all of whom have died.
All of which is to say one thing: Cersei is very unlikely to give birth to a fourth child. It remains to be seen how “Game of Thrones” will handle that issue, but the leak from 2016 gives us some idea of what could be in the works.
It looks like we’ll have a long time to wait to find out, as “Game of Thrones” season eight – the final season – isn’t arriving for quite some time.