I saw Beauty and the Beast today and I kept thinking about how this is one of GRRM’s favorite stories, and how one of the themes is that “beauty is found within,” which is definitely a major theme GRRM incorporates into his own writing
which got me to thinking about the YMBQ prophecy again
“Queen you shall be … until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.”
and the (tragic) irony here imo is that Cersei keeps thinking of a shallow, surface beauty, when I think the prophecy refers to inner beauty (kindness, empathy, love, self sacrifice).
Like, Cersei worries over Margaery’s appearance (“Only a fool would ever claim [Margaery] was more beautiful than I”) when it’s Margaerys kindness and charity work winning over the smallfolk that are the true threat to Cersei and House Lannister.
And rumors of Daenerys, “the most beautiful woman in the world,” are reaching Westeros, when the most beautiful thing about Daenerys is her willingness to fight for everyone, to save everyone. It’s such a contrast to Cersei, who is so selfish and who doesn’t care how many bodies she has to step over.
100% certain Dany will be the YMBQ