Game of Thrones on HBO has finally come to an end after eight seasons of the show based on George R R Martin’s book series. One thing fans were speculating might happen is that Jamie Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) would be the one to kill Cersei (Lena Headey) thanks to an earlier prophecy. Episode five disproved this theory, however, and fans were left wondering what happened to the Valonqar prophecy?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers of Game of Thrones season eight.
What happened to the Valonqar prophecy?
In George RR Martin’s books The Valonqar prophecy was told to Cersei by a fortune teller Maggy the Frog (Jodhi May) when she was a young girl.
Viewers of the HBO show saw this moment dramatised in season five, episode one when a young Cersei (Nell Williams) seeks the fortune teller out.
Maggy the Frog gives her a number of predictions during the scene.
One is that she will be queen for a time before she is cast down, which we see come true with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the final series.
She is also told that she will have three children, which is true as she never gives birth to her fourth before she is killed.
However, the Valonqar part of the prophecy is left out of the scene on the show.
This part of the prophecy is featured in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire but has never been included in the TV show.
In the book, Maggy the Frog said: “When your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
In High Valyrian, the word Valonqar is translated as “little brother.”
This prophecy has been used to explain one of the reasons that Cersei hates her younger brother Tyrion so much.
But, fans also pointed out that Jamie could have been the one to kill her as he was born seconds after her so is also her little brother.
However, in season eight, episode five, the prophecy did not come true as Cersei and Jamie were both killed by falling rubble during the fall of King’s Landing.
Viewers did see that Jamie wraps his hand around her neck to angle her face away from the rubble.
Although one Reddit user said that the prophecy was fulfilled in a sense in the episode five.
SteeleyPhil said: “Cersei does die by the hands of the valonqar, we just all assumed that it would be the adverb “by” Jamie’s hands, instead of a different meaning of by, in proximity to Jamie’s hands.
“Yes it’s super flimsy but so are prophecies.”
However, others were quick to point out that the prophecy was never part of the show’s arc as it was only mentioned in the books.
Fans will now have to wait to see if the prophecy is also not fulfilled in the final books by Martin, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Although Martin revealed the fates of the characters to the show writers before the final series, it is possible he may choose to end things differently.
The Valonqar prophecy was not the only question left unanswered at the end of season eight, as fans were also wondering what the point of the white horse was and where Bran went during the battle of Winterfell.
Game of Thrones season 8 is available to watch online on NOW TV.
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