Warning: Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and potential spoilers for season eight of “Game of Thrones.”
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, and then broke through with a zombie dragon. Most importantly of all, the framework was set in place 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 from her twin brother, Jaime. Yet, as long-time fans of the series know, Cersei is very unlikely to ever 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 2016 that’s mostly proved accurate, a crucial scene involving Cersei would have solved the issue of the potential fourth child with Jaime. The original leak poster has since deleted their account, so Redditor “maureencreates” compiled them all right here.
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 have 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 favour 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’s going to give birth to a fourth child.
There’s a simple reason for this, and it lies in a scene from season five.
On the first episode of season five of “Game of Thrones,” fans were treated to a flashback of Cersei as a teenager visiting 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 following “Robert’s Rebellion,” Robert Baratheon. Of course, as we know now, “Robert’s Rebellion” was born out of a lie — that Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped Lyanna Stark (Ned Stark’s sister), when 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 twenty, 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 Baratheon. She had three kids, none of whom were fathered by her husband — they were fathered by her twin brother Jaime — and they have all died.
All of which is to say one thing: It’s very unlikely that Cersei’s going to give birth to a fourth child. It remains to be seen how “Game of Thrones” will handle that issue on the show, 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.