As Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) recently revealed, Game of Thrones season 7 has wrapped up filming, which means we’ll all be returning to Westeros for more trauma and bloodshed very soon. However, it also begs the question of how things will shake out as the fight for the titular throne finally comes to a head.
With the late season 6 dispatching of Ramsay Bolton, most of GoT‘s cast of hated characters have been firmly put into the ground once and for all. Joffrey, Tywin and a host of other despicable cast members have all been consigned to the grave, but one despised magnate still remains to hit the dirt.
Cersei Lannister has long been the bane of Game of Thrones fans. Ever since she ordered the death of Lady, Sansa’s beloved direwolf, in the show’s second episode, Cersei has made a name for herself as one of the most vile and ruthless characters on HBO’s medieval drama, culminating in her plan to decimate the Red Keep in the season 6 finale.
Now, with ultimate power firmly in her grasp, though at a heavy price, who can finally take out Queen Cersei? Well, unsurprisingly, there are a lot of candidates who possess the motivation but to get to the queen will also require the means. So who’s up to the job?
7. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
This one is a real dark horse candidate. While The Hound has no love lost for the Lannisters, he lacks the station to get a clear shot at the queen. With that said, Clegane was last seen marching off with a vengeance, ax in hand, and could certainly be headed in the direction of King’s Landing eventually. Also, let us not forget that the man responsible for the majority of his trauma, his (now undead) brother, also resides in King’s Landing, and stands very close to Cersei Lannister as her personal bodyguard. If The Hound is to finally get his vengeance on The Mountain, the fairest of Lannisters would only be a stone’s throw away.
6. Tyrion Lannister
Long hated by his sister, Tyrion has felt Cersei’s wrath ever since he was but an infant. Blamed by both his sister and father for his mother’s death in childbirth, Tyrion’s life has been a hard lot. However, he has survived multiple attempts on his life from family members thus far, and will soon return to Westeros aligned with the wrathful and rightful queen, Daenerys Targaryen. This will almost certainly put him in a position of power very soon and as a man with extensive knowledge of both King’s Landing and the Royal Family, he could get close enough to settle his blood feud once and for all. On the other hand, his small stature might make it a challenge to do the job himself, so Tyrion will likely be a figurehead in the death of his sister instead.
5. Jon Snow
Now that Jon has finally put down the sadistic usurper Ramsay Bolton, and taken back his home of Winterfell, he has been hailed as King in the North. Though he will definitely be a voice for focusing on the fight with the White Walkers in season 7, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have explicitly stated that the battle against the Night King will not come until season 8. This means that Jon will likely ally with his half-sister Daenerys when she arrives on the shores of Westeros and focus on stabilizing the throne before going to war with the kingdom of the dead. He certainly has a lot of reasons to hate Cersei and the Lannisters, and also possesses the battle prowess to get within arms length of the Queen when the siege on King’s Landing inevitably begins.
4. Daenerys Targaryen
As mentioned above, Daenerys is finally on her way to Westeros, and she’s bringing a hell of a lot of soldiers with her. Also three dragons. The question of whether Dany and co. will win the war seems to be a moot point as the battle has all but been decided in their favor before it has even begun, especially since her dragons will likely figure largely into the conflict with the White Walkers. Since she will no doubt be vital in ousting Cersei and battling her army, she could certainly be the younger, prettier woman prophesied to take away everything from the Queen. Of course, it could also be…
3. Sansa Stark
Though Cersei always seemed to think that the aforementioned prophecy pertained to her King’s Landing rival, Margaery Tyrell, some have theorized that it will actually be Sansa who will figure most heavily in her downfall. The irony of this would not be lost on Cersei, who had a strong sense of favoritism for Sansa, even when she was essentially a political prisoner in King’s Landing. Ramsay Bolton has recently been on the receiving end of Sansa’s brutal vengeance, and as the next ideal candidate for the wrath of her “little dove”, Cersei could find herself facing a similarly agonizing demise at the hands of one she initially saw as no threat to her whatsoever.
2. Jaime Lannister
Though Jaime seems like the last person who would want to murder his sister (and lover) Cersei, anyone who caught a glimpse of his expression when he returned to the throne room of a decimated King’s Landing could see the conflict and anguish in his face. Stalwart fans will recall that Jaime traded his honor and standing to save the city from a similar plot by the mad king, Aerys Targaryen. Now that his sister has rendered that sacrifice entirely meaningless, and inadvertently caused the suicide of their only remaining child, it seems rather poetic that Jaime would be the one to kill the newest mad regent. Unfortunately, it almost seems too obvious, which leaves…
1. Arya Stark
Arya’s hatred and resentment for the new queen runs deeper than just about anyone’s. Tangentially responsible for the death and suffering of many of her family members, Arya sees Cersei Lannister as certainly the key catalyst of her many hardships. Now with most of the names crossed off of her notorious kill list, she can finally set her sights on one of its earliest markers, that of the newly crowned queen. With her increased skill set and the new bag of tricks that she picked up at the House of Black and White, she’s primed to get close to Cersei without her even knowing it until it’s far too late (see Walder Frey’s corpse). In fact Arya’s entire arc, largely separate from the rest of the main cast, seems to have always been building toward this moment, and goes a long way to explaining how she will likely figure into the coming conflict and its eventual resolution.
So, who do you think is going to take out Cersei Lannister? Do you have your own predictions for season 7 of Game of Thrones? Feel free to let us know in the comments!
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