With just two episodes left for season six of HBO’S fantasy thriller #GameOfThrones to come to an end, there’s so much to expect from the 7 warring families in their quest for power.
Two great battles are brewing with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophia Turner) rallying around for an army to take back their home- Winterfell from Ramsey Bolton and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arriving just in time to Meereen to meet the slavers attacking the kingdom she conquered.
There however exists a third battle brewing which may yet be the fiercest given that it involves the villainous Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and the plans she has for the city and the Faith Militant who have succeeded in turning her son, King Tommen against her.
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In the last episode “No One,” the Queen Mother of Westeros got news which was not in her favour. She learnt that she won’t be able to go into battle with the high sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) through the famous Trial by Combat which her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) outlawed. King Tommen announced this at a meeting where she was humiliated and told to join the ladies of the court as opposed to sitting close to her son.
It however appears not to be all bad news for Cersei as she learnt from Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) who seems to be her only trusted ally for now, that there’s some truth behind the rumors she told him to investigate. Even though Qyburn didn’t go much into the rumours except for a mention of ‘wildfire’, it is believed that he was making reference to large volumes of untapped reserves of wildfire which the late Mad King Aerys sanctioned it’s production.
A flashback to season two will provide an inkling into what ‘wildfire’ is, as that was what Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) used in the battle of Blackwater to repel the ships of Stannis Baratheon.
The Visions of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) may also give a clue into Cersei’s hope in ‘wildfire’. At the beginning of episode six of season six, Bran had a vision of wildfire spreading throughout all of King’s Landing. This could be related to the manifestations of the desires of the Mad King, Aerys but could also point to the possibility of what Cersei is about to turn kings landing to.
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The Past And The Future
The prophecy of Maggy the Frog comes to mind. She predicted that Cersei will live to watch all three of her children die and she has already seen two die. The wildfire which she hopes to employ is not a weapon that can easily be controlled and it’s left to be seen if her hope to save her last surviving child will lead to his death.
From the past to the present, Cersei’s unquestionable love for her children can be seen. All through the series, the lengths she will go to protect her family is evident and that much can be heard in the words of her twin, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who tells Edmure (Tobias Menzies) in the last episode titles “No one” that Cersei “would burn a city to the ground in order to save her children.” Perhaps these words are meant to give a clue for what will happen in the future. Maybe in her attempt to free her son from the clothes of the high sparrow and the Faith Militant, she may just literally burn the city to the ground.