Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale.
The Game of Thrones (opens in new tab) finale was just intense all around. The stakes changed drastically for all of the major players, but none experienced quite as much upheaval as Cersei Lannister. In the span of the finale, she blew up half of King's Landing with wildfire, learned that her last remaining son, Tommen, had taken his own life, and took his place on the Iron Throne.
That was all in ONE EPISODE.
But the moment that really left fans with burning questions came at the very end of the finale, when Jaime Lannister returned to King's Landing to see his sister on the throne and they shared a very intense ~look~.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are usually very tight-lipped about all things related to the future of Game of Thrones, but even they had to talk about that look. They confirmed to Deadline (opens in new tab) that we weren't reading too much into the intensity of that moment and it will have an impact on Season 7.
"It's definitely a moment where Jaime has to start coming to terms with how drastically and irrevocably everything in his world has changed—political arrangements, his personal life, everything," they explained to Deadline (opens in new tab) in a joint interview. "He knew his sister was capable of big plays, but this is another level."
And what does that look and everything that led up to it mean for Cersei in Season 7? Potentially a lot, according to Benioff and Weiss.
"Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, but the one thing that was redemptive about her was she genuinely loved her children," they said. "Now they're all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she, without her children? The answer is something you'll find out about next season."
Who is Cersei without her children? It's a question Game of Thrones fans have been asking themselves since the moment Tommen took his fatal leap, and one we can't wait to have answered in Season 7.
Of course, we'll have to wait a lot, since Season 7 of Game of Thrones doesn't premiere on HBO until summer of 2017.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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