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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Cersei die in Season 7?

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO Image Acquired via HBO PR

‘Game of Thrones’ has brought winter to summer and with that all kinds of speculation! Will Queen Cersei make it out alive?

Hello, Game of Thrones fans! Chances are, you’re as excited as we are for Sunday’s big premiere and haven’t been able to talk about anything else! We’ve waited longer than usual so the hype is exceptionally high!

As usual HBO is keeping the tightest lid ever on this season. But the way everything came to a hilt last season when Cersei (Lena Headey) assumed the Iron Throne as Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) headed to Westeros left us wanting more immediately! And so despite only getting drips and drabs of information there is tons to talk look forward to and even more to talk about, especially with the recent reveal of the titles for episodes one, two and three (which are “Dragonstone,” “Stormborn,” and “The Queen’s Justice” respectively) as well the vaguest of synopses.

Throughout our coverage for Game of Thrones during Season 6 my colleague Erin Qualey and I often wrote about what we hoped to see in each episode based on the title and a bit of the trailer. It was a lot of fun and in some cases we even came to find that our speculation was correct! So we’re at it again and this time our other colleague Sandy Perez, who recently caught up with the series.

In preparing for the premiere we decided to talk about our hopes and dreams and a few fears for Season 7 as well as some light theorizing!

#WinterIsHERE

Julie: Last season I said that Season 6 was so perfect that if the show ended there – Cersei on the Throne. I honestly couldn’t complain. Of course, that’s easy to say when you know there’s definitely more coming. But as it became clearer that we’re really heading into the beginning of the end, I’m finding this Premiere bittersweet. There so much that still needs to happen! But I’m also incredibly excited! Especially for Queen Cersei! I read recently that the episodes are setup a bit differently than season’s past and things will happen quicker. I feel like that will be incredibly interesting because while the show is known for killing off major and minor characters in pretty swift succession it’s never so quick that you don’t have time to absorb what’s happened. Characters would be killed off with a word in the books and you’d have to go back and reread the section just to be sure that’s really what happened! I feel like that element of surprise adds a really great dynamic of dread for the season, that we haven’t quite tapped into!

Sandy: The Season 7 premiere is definitely bittersweet, especially for me since I didn’t get into Game of Thrones until the end of Season 6. This will be the first time I watch the series live! I’m also very excited, but is anyone else afraid? With how quickly everything needs to happen, we may not have time to catch our breath, much less recover from what’s about to go down!

Erin: I was just thinking about how fantastic and fully-formed the GoT Season 6 finale is. Queen Cersei on the throne, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as King in the North and Daenerys headed to Westeros would have made for quite a series ender. But, like Julie said, it’s very easy to say that when we know there’s more coming. Oh so much more is coming. Even winter is (finally) coming! I’m getting hyped just thinking about it. There’s so much to look forward to, I’m not sure where to start. Like you both mentioned, the pace of the season is supposed to be insanity, so I’m fully expecting many re-watches in my future. And since the season is only seven episodes long, I’m going to grab on to every morsel I can get!

Julie: Oh yes! It’s not just the plots and characters I’m looking to revel in either! I want to enjoy every moment of Lena Headey we get because I suspect Queen Cersei won’t make it beyond this season and I will miss her performance most of all! Despite that #LongMaySheReign!

Sandy: I adore Lena Headey! Yeah, I also suspect Queen Cersei will die this season. I’ve accepted that, but it doesn’t mean I’m prepared for it! But I am looking forward to a Stark reunion.

Erin: Soooo I definitely think Cersei is going to die this season, and I know there are a ton of people who say Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is going to be the one to kill her, but nah. It’s gotta be Arya (Maisie Williams). There are so few people left on her list, and we haven’t seen Arya and Cersei together since Season 1. I’m not even sure if they’ve ever had any dialogue together. But all I know is that I want to see that happen! In his exhaustive Game of Thrones coverage leading up to the premiere, James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly said that this season is going to contain an “unprecedented pairing of fan favorites” so anything is possible. Also, the last two seasons ended with Arya crossing someone off her list in a gloriously violent way, so it stands to reason that Season 7 might provide yet another satisfying moment of Stark revenge.

Julie: Yes, Cersei’s prophecy has been coming true for a few seasons now. I love the idea of leaving Jaime out of killing Cersei because it means we can hold out hope for a Jaime and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) happily ever after (yeah I said it)! I also agree it will be Arya who kills Cersei. Though I’m quite partial to the idea that she’ll do it disguised as one of Cersei’s brothers. And that means one of them will die as well. With Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) a part of the party that COULD be considered the last part of that prophecy (“Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear”). Which, I suppose makes both valonqars still equal contenders for becoming apart the Hall of Faces. Ugh this stresses me out from every angle! I’m all for another Stark reunion! Last season between Sansa and Jon still leaves me all smiles. The ONLY reunion that could give all the others a run for their money is the one between us and Gendry. I’m sorry, did I say us? I meant Arya and Gendry…and also us because that poor guy has been rowing that effing boat for like three whole seasons!

Sandy: Arya has to be the one who kills Cersei. But because of the prophecy, I love your prediction Julie, on Arya killing Cersei disguised as Tyrion! Here’s all I want for this season — for Jaime to live and for Brienne to be happy. And if this means Brienne and Jaime getting together, I will not object!

Erin: Ooo interesting! I’m such a Brienne and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) shipper at this point that my mind won’t even let me entertain the idea of a Brienne and Jaime pairing. Perhaps Jaime will marry Daenerys! That would be quite interesting. At the very least, they’d make a super attractive pair. Honestly though, I don’t have a ton of solid expectations for this season because I’m so pumped to see where it takes us. Ideally I’d love some more Stark reunions (Arya and Jon! Arya and Jonnnnn!) but aside from that, I think I’m just along for the ride.

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday July 16 at 9/8c on HBO. Be sure to tune in!

Don’t let the conversation stop with us! Is there anything in particular you’re hoping to see this season? Head down to the comments and share with us! And be sure to check out all the great GoT content we’ll be rolling out weekly!