- Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode one.
- A scene between Cersei Lannister and Euron Greyjoy on the eighth season premiere Sunday has us questioning the status of her pregnancy.
- She’s drinking wine, and looks upset at the mention of a baby. Could Cersei have had a miscarriage?
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Something is amiss with Cersei Lannister and her unexpected pregnancy.
Partway through HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season eight premiere episode Sunday, Cersei finally capitulates to Euron Greyjoy’s advances and they have sex for the first time. Though it’s made clear Cersei sees this as a transactional sexual encounter (Euron’s fleet and military loyalty in exchange for sleeping with the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms? Sure why not), Euron seems tickled by the idea of getting her pregnant.
“I’m going to put a prince in your belly,” Euron tells Cersei before leaving the room.
But he doesn’t know Cersei is already pregnant with Jaime’s child. Or is she?
The look on her face after Euron leaves the room is emotional and mysterious. She might be expressing sadness, or annoyance, or regret over finding herself in this position with Euron. Perhaps it’s all three, or none of these guesses at all. Lena Headey is one of the best actors on the series, and is capable of conveying volumes of subtext with just the smallest of glances.
But we were left feeling like it’s possible Cersei has miscarried the child she was pregnant with at the end of season seven.
Cersei’s pregnancy was revealed under suspicious circumstances
Back on the seventh season, Cersei revealed to Jaime she was pregnant with his child and planned to tell the whole world the baby was his.
Many people thought she might have been lying as a manipulation tactic. Jaime was close to the end of his rope with her, and this would be a great way of drawing him back into their relationship. The same lying theory seemed plausible at the end of the season, too, when Cersei and Tyrion were talking in the Red Keep. Was she playing Tyrion like a fiddle, making him think she was pregnant and therefore winning the upper hand in their negotiation?
Though she was definitely pregnant at some point, is she still carrying a baby?
One of the reasons many fans believed Cersei wasn’t actually pregnant has to do with the prophecy told to her as a child. We saw this moment in her life during a rare flashback scene on “Game of Thrones” – the cold open of season five.
The woods witch, Maggy the Frog, promised Cersei she would have three children, while “the king” had 20. This was borne out, with King Robert siring 20 bastards and Cersei giving birth to Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen.
But then Maggy also promised her children would die, saying their “shrouds” would be golden.
Since the prophecy seemed accurate, people thought there was no possible way Cersei would give birth to a fourth child. Ergo, she would miscarry or die before she could give birth (or was lying, but again that theory turned out to be wrong).
Warning: Discussion of previously leaked material ahead.
Then there’s the added layer of the set leaks from last season.
In 2017, a written description of almost every major plot point for the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” was posted online ahead of the premiere. Almost everything the anonymous leaker said would unfold on the coming season wound up happening with one major exception: Cersei would wake up in a bed of blood and realise she had a miscarriage.
This led people familiar with the leaks to assume the scene had been cut and moved to the eighth season. But no such scene has taken place on the show, at least not yet.
Cersei’s expression after Euron talks about getting her pregnant looked to us almost like she had tears in her eyes and was grieving. As if the casual comment was a punch to the gut, and exacerbated any emotional pain she’s experience as a result of losing both the baby and having Jaime turn his back on her.
Another reason we thought it’s possible Cersei is no longer pregnant has to do with her wine. When Tyrion offered her wine on the seventh season finale, Cersei didn’t drink it. This could be taken as further confirmation she was pregnant.
And yet Cersei drinks wine after having sex with Euron in this very scene. What gives?
For now, we don’t have answers. But this question of Cersei’s pregnancy is one fans should keep a close eye on as we head into the final five episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
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