A key scene in Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere has fans questioning whether Cersei Lannister, the manipulative Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, actually expects a child.
Although Cersei revealed last season to her brother (and lover) Jaime she is pregnant. In the latest episode of the series, she both slept with a new man (Euron Greyjoy) and drank wine that led fans to doubt she was wearing a baby at all.
To make the scene even more confusing, Euron tells her, "I'll put a prince your belly" before he leaves his room, and Cersei delivers an emotionally almost tender look.
It is true that since GoT takes place in the past, people were not aware that drinking alcohol could harm fetuses. But Cersei refused to drink wine, as her second brother, Tyrion, gave him a glass in the season 7 finale, which was noticeably uncharacteristic for the wine-swinging queen. Her deviation – and the way she adhered – got her fabric-formed tyrion to carry a baby.
It is possible that Cersei is still with child, but having seen in premiere in season 8, many viewers find it hard to believe. Here we weigh a few options.
Did she give birth to pregnancy from the beginning?
Probably not. According to Vanity Fair scripts from Season 7 confirm Cersei's pregnancy and indicate the following when she first reveals the news to Jaime:
"She nods, that's true." [. . .] Her happiness is contagious You get a new chance in the family. This time nobody stands in the way. "
Reminder: The new" chance for the family "is a big deal for the Lannister cousin because all three of their children (Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen) have died.
To drive home further, Cersei is with child, the season 7 scriptures also indicate this of her encounter with Tyrion when he finds out she expects:
"Tyrion sees what he sees and knows what it means. He can hardly believe it, but knows it to be true. [. . .] She stays too long enough to tell him he's right. And when she knows he knows, she can't think of anything else to say. "
So it's safe to say that Cersei's pregnancy is true when she announces it in season 7. But now? That's where the confusion kicked in.
Was she actually pregnant but on a somehow lost the baby offscreen?
Perhaps that was why Cersei did not want to drink wine in the Season 7 finals, but did premiere in season 8. This theory seems possible if you consider the prophecy Cersei received as a child from the witch Maggie the Frog Long story short, Maggie Cersei told her that she would have three children with gold crowns and gold cloths, which means they would all be royalty and everyone died for her, which was true on the show when Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen all met their death in the last seasons, but does that mean that Cersei cannot have more children?
Vanity Fair also points out that in the George RR Martin book A party for crows Cersei et omen experiences an abortion when she sits down to have cooked eggs for breakfast one morning and one of the eggs has a half-shaped chicken inside. Crazy stuff.
Is she still pregnant but only uses the Euro as a coverup?
Some viewers pointed this out as an opportunity after seeing premiere. Maybe Cersei just goes with the Euro to A) appease him and keep him as an ally, and B) say he's the father of the child rather than Jaime, thus keeping her incestuous laws with his brother under wraps
If it is true, Cersei would go against it, she told Jaime in season 7 that she would tell people that the child is his, despite what they would say about their incestuous relationship.
But perhaps loyalty to Jaime is no longer on the queen's mind, especially since he left her in the king's landing to go north and fight with the white hikers along with her enemies. She even ordered Bronn to kill Jaime and Tyrion if they survived the war. Will publicly deny Jay's connection to his future child, be Cersei's misguided revenge? Harsh.
Thrones game Season 8 flies Sunday at HBO at. 9.00. EST.