Is Cersei Really Pregnant on 'Game of Thrones'? Let's Talk Theories
That's one loooong sip of wine.
Season seven of Game of Thrones brought us more action, more drama, and of course even more cringeworthy incestuos relationships—hello, Dany and Jon Snow. But early on in the season, the OG too-close-for-comfort family pairing, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, became pregnant with their fourth child. It’s a bit confusing why these two would want to try procreating again, since it didn’t go so well for them the last three times. All of their children have ended up dead, with one being the straight up physical embodiment of evil, but sure, why not give it another go?
Despite her many announcements that she is with child, fans are still skeptical of Cersei, and rightly so. Cersei has yet to met a person that she hasn’t tried to lie to and manipulate. While there’s been evidence for both theories, let’s start by delving into the reasons she really is—gasp—going to have another baby.
When Cersei first announces her pregnancy to Jaime at the beginning of Season 7, it seems like it’s a ploy to emotionally manipulate her twin, who Cersei seems to feel is distancing himself from her (and can you blame him?). But the show’s script notes imply that the Queen of Mean is being genuine. In the scene where she’s telling Jaimie about the baby, the script directions read:
“She nods, it’s true. [. . .] Her happiness is contagious. They get another chance at family. This time with no one standing in their way.”
When Tyrion makes his way down to Kings Landing a few episodes later in the season and notices his sister isn’t drinking wine—another clue that she really is pregnant—the script once again implies that this pregnancy is legit: “Tyrion sees what he sees and knows what it means. He can hardly believe it, but knows it to be true. [. . .] She stays silent for too long, long enough to tell him that he’s right.”
Despite this, there seems to be much more evidence that a fourth baby for the Lannister siblings isn’t going to happen. We left off last season with the army of the dead breaking down the wall and beginning to march south towards Winterfell, so the chances that this season is going to span a nine-month timeline are already pretty slim, meaning a fourth Cersei/Jaime spawn just doesn’t make sense timewise. The baby, even if it’s real, is most likely never going to make it on screen.
One of the other major clues that Cersei’s not preggo comes from the Season 8 trailer that dropped a few weeks back. In one of the clips, the Queen is seen crying over a glass of wine, and while we’ve all been there at one point or another, this doesn’t seem like the behaviour of a pregnant Cersei, especially since she previously refused the wine Tyrian poured for her. So while it seems like she’s not going to be pregnant in Season 8, we technically can’t rule out the possibility that she was pregnant and then had a miscarriage.
An important piece of evidence for no Lannister baby comes from the longstanding prophecy Cersei was given as a young girl by a fortune teller. She’s told that she will marry the King, have three golden-haired children who will all die, and be Queen for a time, until she is usurped by a younger, more beautiful woman. Since every part of that has come true (or is on its way to coming true in regards to her being overthrown by Dany), it’s hard to imagine that the fortune teller accidentally got the number of children wrong by one.
Like many aging women, it’s also very possible that Cersei is just refusing to acknowledge how old she’s getting, with another popular theory speculating that Cersei is confusing menopause for pregnancy. Back in season three, Olenna Tyrell and Tywin Lannister discuss the possibility of Cersei soon being too old to have children while they’re arranging her engagement to Loras Tyrell.
Whatever the case may be, it seems extremely likely that Cersei isn’t going to stay pregnant during the show’s final season.