Cersei’s going to get so betrayed.
Cersei Lannister is one slick lady. Over the course of seven seasons she’s murdered her way out of a loveless marriage, blown up 90 percent of her rivals in 10 seconds flat, and dismantled the religious leadership of her country all the while happily screwing her twin brother and ending up on the Iron Throne. By now we know not to underestimate that evil, wonderful brain of hers, but even a woman with Cersei’s intelligence makes mistakes, and in a few throwaway lines from season seven she made one that may cost her the throne and her life.
“I did WHAT?”
While Dany and Jon aunt-banged their way to White Harbor, Cersei revealed to Jaime that she has no intention of sending troops north and instead is sending Euron to pick up a band of sellswords called the Golden Company. She also mentioned the Golden Company to Tycho Nestoris, the representative of the Iron Bank who stopped by to shake her down earlier in the season. She’s really into these Golden Company fellows, and is definitely counting on their support in the coming wars of season eight, but there’s just this one…teeny tiny…itty bitty problem: They’re probably already on Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen’s side.
In the A Song of Ice and Fire books, the Golden Company is known as the absolute best army money can buy. They’re hereditary sellswords, and are mostly descended from the exiled knights who fought on the wrong side of a skirmish called the Blackfyre Rebellion. The founder of the Golden Company was Aegor Rivers, the legitimized bastard of a Targaryen King, and they’ve been led by those with Targaryen blood until their fairly recent history.
Always do your research before hiring an army, kids.
One of the book’s major plotlines that so far has been sidelined in the show involves Tyrion Lannister meeting Jon Connington, an exiled lord who was Rhaegar Targaryen’s closest friend. Jon Connington is escorting a teenage boy to the Golden Company, where he reveals to the captains that the boy is Aegon Targaryen, Rhaegar’s son with Elia Martell. According to Connington, the baby Aegon who was killed by the Mountain when he came for Rhaegar’s wife and children was actually another woman’s child that Varys had swapped in to protect the real prince. When the Golden Company meets Aegon, they rally to his side according to a secret agreement made when Aegon was a baby, and they abandon a paying contract to fight for him for free.
There is some debate among book-readers about whether or not this Aegon Targaryen is the real deal, but since literally none of this happens in the show it doesn’t particularly matter. What does matter is that on Game of Thrones, Rhaegar Targaryen’s son Aegon is alive and well in Westeros, and the Golden Company is coming on Euron’s ships to help Cersei bump him off. Knowing what we do about the Targaryen-loyal Golden Company, the Queen might be in for a rude awakening when her expensive and powerful army shows up ready to throw down on the other side of the battlefield.
What if they show up with little “We heart Aegon” t-shirts?
Will we get to see the look on Cersei’s face when she realizes she’s spent all her money on the wrong dudes? How about Euron when he gets extra-murdered in an army-sized betrayal 20 years in the making? Who knows, it’s just a theory! Pray to the seven that season eight comes out next year and we’ll get some real answers.
Source: Alexis Nedd (www.cosmopolitan.com/author/16689/alexis-nedd/)
And some more on the Subject:
Keeping In Poor Company: A Huge Betrayal Faces Cersei Lannister In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8
As the lone wolf dies and the pack survives, Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones set its endgame with that tense finale and the perfect segue into its final year. While the likes of Lady Olenna, Thoros of Myr, and Petyr Baelish all bowed out in the penultimate season, Cersei Lannister kept her icy grip on the Iron Throne to survive by the skin of her teeth.
We have seen the smizing schemer decimate her enemies and still rock a pixie cut over the past seven seasons, but no one is pretending that #LenaHeadey will be sitting atop King’s Landing for the show’s swansong. From getting her baps out during that shame walk to losing all her children, it takes more than three dragons and the prophecy of a witch to stop our golden girl; however, did we all miss one major hint at Cersei’s downfall that was hiding right in front of our eyes?
Money Can’t Buy You Love
As the seventh season of the fantasy frolic came to an end, fans saw Jaime and Cersei finally part ways when the Queen of Mean double-crossed Team Daenerys with a master plan. Sending the bearded brute Euron Greyjoy off to Essos, Cersei pulled the wolf pelt from underneath us to reveal that she was using the support of the Iron Bank to buy herself a loyal band of sellswords known as the Gold Company. Waiting for Jon Snow to tackle the Night King with the northern armies, Cersei can then pull her very own Stannis Baratheon pincer movement and take them down from behind — signed, sealed, delivered, done!
Well, Alexis Need from Cosmopolitan reminds us that history may have a nasty sting in its tail for conniving Cersei. Sure, you can buy a man with money, but even Ser Bronn of the Blackwater has been teetering on the edge of swapping sides due to some sort of moral compass. So, with Cersei putting all her dragon eggs in one basket, will the Gold Company really be the knights in shining armor that she is hoping for?
The Gold Company may be known as the best army that money can buy, but as a band of exiled knights from the Blackfyre Rebellion, they are historically loyal to the Targaryen bloodline. To make matters worse for the Lannisters, #GeorgeRRMartin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books also have a Gold Company storyline that largely involves the character Jon Connington — who just so happens to be the best friend of Rhaegar Targaryen. Connington is also escorting a young boy who he claims is Aegon Targaryen, a.k.a. the son of the deceased Rhaegar. The novels have the Gold Company form a secret pact to abandon their current payment to fight behind Aegon as a legitimate heir to the throne.
‘Heirs’ And Graces
While none of these characters exist on the show, it conveniently happens to be that Jon Snow’s real name was revealed as Aegon during the close of Season 7. We aren’t sure whether #GameofThrones will turn Jon into THIS Aegon, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Cersei’s strategy will come tumbling down quicker than Samwell Tarly can shout “oh my” between the sheets. Just imagine the power switch when Cersei’s own Sellswords turn on her in a beautiful recreation of Ned’s betrayal in Season 1. We already know that Pilou Asbæk is counting down the days until Euron gets the chop, and this could be just the way to do it.
Cersei may be adamant in her statement that, “no one walks away from me,” (well, Jaime did), but the Queen’s cockiness could be her ultimate downfall. We are still waiting for the Valonqar to choke the life out of that slender neck, but the Gold Company’s backstabbing could herald the first chink in her valuable plot armor. Also, with Cersei’s brother-lover no longer by her side to provide a helping “hand,” that pointy chair could be a very lonely place to sit when winter descends on King’s Landing.
Source: Tom Chapman, writer at CREATORS.CO