With only four more episodes of Game of Thrones left, fans have finally started to come to terms with the fact that most of their wild theories probably won’t come true. But what about legitimate prophecies made throughout the series?
One told to Cersei Lannister by fortune teller Maggy the Frog in A Feast for Crows—the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—has been looming over our heads as we go through the seasons: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you." (In the book series, Maggy also tells Cersei how she will die.)
Though Maggy did appear in one season 5 episode, what she told Cersei was noticeably different from the books. In particular, the valonqar part wasn't included—which is important, as valonqar translates to “little brother” in High Valyrian. Fans of Martin's book series have wondered why that essential part was left out of the show, with some speculating it will be included in the final season before it comes true.
But the bigger debate here has been about which younger brother is the valonqar. Although Tyrion Lannister is the obvious choice, as Cersei herself has always believed, her twin Jaime Lannister was born after her—making him her younger brother as well. But one line from the most recent episode has us believing it could be Tyrion after all, and that the full book prophecy will come true.
Vanity Fair points out that in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the second episode of season 8, Daenerys Targaryen says something very telling while scolding Tyrion. During Jaime Lannister’s trial, he confirms Cersei had no intention of sending her army north to join the fight against the White Walkers, which makes Dany skeptical of why Jaime is at Winterfell at all.
Tyrion stepped in to defend his older brother, asking why he’d come to Winterfell if he wasn’t being truthful. Daenerys replies, “Perhaps he trusts his little brother to defend him.”
Is the fact that Daenerys calls Tyrion “little brother” just a coincidence? At this point in Game of Thrones, we have to assume that every word uttered is important. Of course, she’s saying he’s Jaime’s little brother, not Cersei’s, but the phrase itself could be a hint. And we’re sure no one would be disappointed if Tyrion was the one to kill his evil older sister—though plenty of fans would find some satisfaction in seeing Jaime turn on her.
We’ll see if Tyrion even survives the battle of Winterfell when Game of Thrones continues on Sunday.