Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Quickie: Jaime and the Map (Game of Thrones)

Whenever some small detail is released, some fans like to ride the theory train. They'll take any small thing and sometimes make it much bigger than it is. I am very guilty of this, as this blog proves from time to time.

In the trailer that was released there's a scene where Cersei and Jaime Lannister are standing on a map. Their positions on said map seem to reflect a certain prophecy. I agree that there is some merit to this theory but only time will tell if it's true.
The Valonqar Prophecy

The Valonqar Prophecy states that the valonqar will kill Queen Cersei Lannister. That that person will wrap his hands around her throat and kill her. In High Valyrian the word valonqar means 'little brother'.

This particular prophecy hasn't actually made its way onto the show. In the books Cersei is told it when she visits Maggy the Frog. I haven't gotten to reading the books yet but have watched a number of YouTube videos. So many Game of Thrones Youtube videos.

The reason for its absence on the show might be because the showrunners don't want to make Cersei's death too obvious. They might just want show viewers to imagine every possibility which couldn't be done if the Valonqar Prophecy was mentioned.
Now if you give the prophecy just a cursory glance, you will think the Valonqar has to be either Jaime or Tyrion Lannister. This is because they are both the younger brothers of Cersei Lannister. However, you'd be mistaken on that part.

Valonqar is a word in High Valyrian which is known to be gender neutral. So, you say, that doesn't matter as Cersei doesn't have any woman siblings. But then you still think this prophecy is easy to decipher.

To make matters even more complicated the prophecy states 'the valonqar' which means it doesn't have to be Cersei's. So any younger sibling is fair game to be the Queen's killer.
The Map

So let's go into crazy theory time.

In the trailer Queen Cersei Lannister is standing in the region known as 'the neck'. She is supposed to be strangled, at least according to the prophecy, so it seems somewhat telling that she is standing there.
Jaime Lannister is standing near the area known as the Fingers. This is the place where Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish comes from. Fingers are also what is said to strangle Cersei to death.
This seems to point towards Jaime being the Valonqar. It is nearly an outright confirmation that the prophecy has finally been solved. Which leaves only the timing of its fulfillment. This is, of course, if fans aren't reading too much into this one screenshot.
Why Jaime Lannister Should be the Valonqar

Now incest is not okay. For various reasons it's not okay. However, Game of Thrones is not real life and shouldn't be hampered by it. I cheer people to die in movies, shows, and books. I wouldn't do the same thing in real life when someone pisses me off.

Because Cersei and Jaime Lannister are fictional characters, I'm able to enjoy their romance. It is sweet in its own way.

If Jaime is the Valonqar then it provides a very bittersweet ending to their love story.
Jaime Lannister should also be the Valonqar since he is Cersei's younger brother. He's also the only two of her siblings she wouldn't expect. She would never expect a killing blow from the father of her children. It would be a shock to her.
The only glaring issue of Jaime being the Valonqar is it's way too obvious. I want to be surprised with the prophecy, not unimpressed.

What do you think about Jaime Lannister being the Valonqar? Who are your top picks for the Valonqar?

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