No one expects Queen Cersei to remain on the Iron Throne for too long, right?
With Jon Snow being proclaimed the King in the North and Daenerys Targaryen finally getting her hands on enough ships to sail her massive army (and dragons) across the Narrow Sea, Cersei is about to face all sorts of opposition to her crown. Even Lena Headey, the actress who portrays the manipulative Lannister matriarch, believes that Cersei will be on the receiving end of some harsh Westerosi justice before the series comes to a close.
In an recent article from Entertainment Weekly, Headey offered her predictions about who might finally get the best of Queen Cersei:
With all her children dead and her relationship with her brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) suddenly complicated, Cersei’s story doesn’t look like it will have a pleasant ending. Headey, for her part, is hoping for a “great death by Arya.” (Speaking to EW after the season finale, Headey joked that she hoped either Arya or Tyrion would kill her character off. “No one would relish her death as much as he would,” she said of Peter Dinklage’s character.)
Cersei is still one the biggest names left on Arya Stark’s hit-list, who is now armed with face-changing assassin skills from her time with the Faceless Men in Braavos — skills that already saw Walder Frey get his throat slit. There’s also the matter of the prophecy from Maggie the Frog, who predicted the death of Cersei’s children, a young queen taking everything from her (Dany?), and that she’d die at the “hands of the valonqar” — translated from Valyrian to mean “little brother.”
Both Jamie and Tyrion technically qualify as “little brother.” We already know that Tyrion has an axe to pick with his older sister, but Jamie’s relationship is much more complicated. He loves his sister intensely, but he also seems to be on a quest to regain his honor. He killed the Mad King for threatening to burn down King’s Landing with Wildfire, which isn’t all that different from the Play of the Game that Cersei performed in the final episode of Season Six. The Kingslayer may be forced to add Queenslayer to list of nicknames.