Sandor Clegane: Look at me! Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers someday. The world is built by killers… so you better get used to looking at them.
Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds, she said. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
Valonqar. Little brother. Popular fan theories believe the one who kills Cersei will be her own blood, either Jaime or Tyrion. A third theory even states Cersei will be killed during childbirth. But is it truly a Lannister who kills her?
Why not a Greyjoy, Yara’s “little brother”.
Of all the character’s that are still alive, Theon’s story raises some questions: Why is there such an emphasis on his fall and struggle to survive? Is there anything redeeming about his character? What moves are left for this character for use in the story?
First, let’s examine his storyline, the fall and rise of Theon. He is a child disowned and left to search for his identity. He is a ‘Shark’ as Jaime says, an animal out of place among wolves. His attempt to claim his identity as a Greyjoy results in loss. He owns no kingdom, no real title or esteem, no family, friends, or comrades who care for him. By stripping everything away from his character, we can see he is left with only one reason for his existence: Yara. Of all the people in the world, she is the one person that cares deeply for him and would never hurt him. She’s the only one who helps keep him connected to the world, reminding him that there’s a bigger purpose they serve. If Theon were to suffer the loss of his sister, what will he do to overcome his grief? Answering this question gives us a reason to continue his story.
Theon is one of the few characters we’ve followed since the beginning of the entire series. He indulged in worldly pleasures, was quick to betray friends, and abandoned his own sister to his enemies. These actions make it difficult to connect with a character like Theon. Ask a GoT fan what they think of him, and it’s either pity or disdain. But it’s the absence of noble qualities that’s interesting. By removing them from Theon, it allows the storyteller(s) a chance to pull a sleight of hand. While the audience is focused on the bravery of Jon, the strength of Dany, or steadfastness of the Lannisters, it effectively allows Theon’s story to play out as the hero no one expects.
As of now though, we know Theon is far from being a hero. We’ve yet to see if he can achieve saving his sister. If Theon does arrive in Kings Landing and attempts to rescue his sister, one of two things will happen: 1. He’s successful and saves her, allowing Yara to claim her right as ruler of the Iron Islands, or 2. He fails, and in his grief, he loses all sanity and goes after the one responsible for his sister’s death, Cersei. It’s the second one that proves to be more compelling. Since vengeance and justice are recurring themes throughout Game of Thrones, they may also be what motivates his actions to the end.
Will Theon be the one to drown Cersei in her own tears? Based on how his storyline has developed thus far, it could likely happen. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens to Yara’s little brother.