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This "Game Of Thrones" Fan Theory About Cersei And Jaime Is Insane

Could history repeat itself?

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Jaime and Cersei's incestuous relationship has been the catalyst for a lot of bad shit that's happened on Game of Thrones, but one popular fan theory suggests it will ultimately be their own downfall.

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More specifically, that Jaime will be the one to kill Cersei before dying himself.

Although many believe Daenerys will take after her father and become the Mad Queen, according to this theory, it will actually be Cersei who follows in Aerys's footsteps. People think she'll go mad and try to destroy King's Landing with wildfire – and Jaime will kill her just as he did Aerys. He will then either kill himself or die in the wildfire. It sounds kinda crazy, but there's actually some solid evidence that this will happen...

Like the Mad King, Cersei is quite paranoid, seeing enemies everywhere and seeking to destroy them before they destroy her. A lot of her paranoia stems from a prophecy she received as a young girl from a character called Maggy the Frog.

Many of Cersei's actions have been motivated by her fear of this prophecy, and she has become increasingly desperate as more and more of it comes true.

The full prophecy predicted that:

* Cersei wouldn't marry a prince, but a king. At the time of the prophecy, Cersei expected to marry Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. But he later married Elia Martell and then was killed by Robert Baratheon, who became king – and Cersei's husband.

* The king would have 20 children (16 in the books) and Cersei would have three. As we know, Robert had many bastards (including our beloved Gendry), while Cersei had three children to Jaime: Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen.

* A younger, more beautiful queen would take all she holds dear. This part of the prophecy helps explain her distrust of Sansa and Margaery. Margaery seems the most likely candidate to fulfill it (her marriage to Joffrey led to his death, and she has more power over Tommen than Cersei does – plus Cersei's attempts to thwart her ultimately led to her own arrest). But Daenerys could also swoop in and really destroy Cersei.

* Cersei's children would wear crowns, and die before her. Joffrey became king and then died. Myrcella was a princess, betrothed to the prince of Dorne, and is now dead in the show (although she's apparently still alive in the books). Tommen is king and still alive...for now.

* Cersei's grief will "drown" her, and then the "valonqar" (High Valyrian for "little brother") will strangle her to death. Cersei is growing increasingly unstable (especially in the books), and there's no doubt the death of Tommen – her last remaining child – would push her over the edge into madness and metaphorically drown her. As for the "valonqar" – Cersei has always believed it to be Tyrion, but Jaime is also a good candidate, being born just after her.

We know Jaime has already gone to great lengths to save King's Landing from wildfire – murdering the Mad King and sacrificing his own honour in the process.

The wildfire is still in caches around the city – and Bran's vision suggests it will explode at some point.

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According to the fan theory, it will be Cersei who unleashes it – she has, after all, mentioned burning her enemies a number of times.

In the books, Jaime even compares Cersei herself to wildfire: "Cersei was all wildfire, especially when thwarted." Plus it was Cersei who ordered the pyromancers to keep producing the substance, which Tyrion discovered way back in Season 2 on the show and then used at the Battle of the Blackwater. Cersei also uses wildfire in the books to burn the Tower of the Hand – something which causes Jaime to compare her to Aerys. The two are rather estranged by this point in the books, and upcoming events like Cersei's trial by combat and its aftermath and Jaime's run-in with Brienne may set the stage for this to happen on the show.
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In the books, Jaime even compares Cersei herself to wildfire: "Cersei was all wildfire, especially when thwarted." Plus it was Cersei who ordered the pyromancers to keep producing the substance, which Tyrion discovered way back in Season 2 on the show and then used at the Battle of the Blackwater. Cersei also uses wildfire in the books to burn the Tower of the Hand – something which causes Jaime to compare her to Aerys. The two are rather estranged by this point in the books, and upcoming events like Cersei's trial by combat and its aftermath and Jaime's run-in with Brienne may set the stage for this to happen on the show.

Many fans believe Cersei will try to unleash the wildfire and destroy King's Landing as a result of the death of Tommen, or her own death sentence if the Mountain loses the trial by combat (or a combination of both).

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Jaime will then repeat history and kill Cersei to prevent this from happening, just as he killed Aerys.

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Some believe he'll then take his own life and fulfill his wish to die with Cersei, but others speculate he'll be too late and the wildfire will destroy King's Landing, and him along with it.

The burnt-out throne room Daenerys saw in her vision in the House of the Undying back in Season 2 could have been representing this.
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The burnt-out throne room Daenerys saw in her vision in the House of the Undying back in Season 2 could have been representing this.

Basically, it's not a great time to be in King's Landing right now.

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Not that it ever really was.