Game of Thrones creators are hinting that Cersei's pregnancy may be fake
All the way back in 2011, the first season of Game of Thrones swept into all of our lives, subverting everything we thought we knew about fantasy epics and tense political dramas.
Although we'd had a few episodes already, the season (and the show) only really began once Ned Stark discovered that Joffrey Baratheon, ostensible heir to the throne, was a product of incest between Cersei Lannister and his father/uncle Jaime Lannister, a twisted attempt by the Lannisters to claim the throne for themselves.
Joffrey was the first of Cersei's three children, but over the coming seasons, he, as well as his siblings Tommen and Myrcella, perished through one means or another. This left Cersei atop the Iron Throne, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms with no clear successor. That is, seemingly, until now.
It might have been lost in the grander machinations of season seven, but episode five of this season, Eastwatch, sees the conniving queen of Westeros drop the bomb on Jaime, her brother and lover, that she's pregnant with their fourth child, and it comes up in the seventh episode of this season as she lets slip the surprise maternity to her estranged brother Tyrion.
There's a train of thought, however, that this is part of some larger ploy by Cersei Lannister, and that the character played by actress Lena Headley isn't pregnant at all. Speaking about the season finale, Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff seemed to hint at this, saying that Cersei definitely tried to play Tyrion during that scene entitled The Dragon and the Wolf.
"It seems like she's bluffing, and [Tyrion] reads her bluff. But she wanted him to read her bluff, and it was all part of her game. Cersei has become quite good at playing this game. She wasn't in power, but she was on the edges of power and she learned how to operate in that environment. She plays Tyrion pretty beautifully here."
With the Dragon and the Wolf attracting millions of viewers across the globe, online fans of the HBO fantasy epic were enamoured by the notion of Cersei's latest attempt to play the Game of Thrones.
After the events of season seven, the walls seem to be closing in somewhat on the queen, but longtime fans of Game of Thrones will know that in a show full of devious, scheming characters, Cersei Lannister is probably the master manipulator.
Whenever it seems that Cersei's back is against the wall, she finds some way to wriggle out of it, destroying her enemies with fury and vengeance, and I don't think we can put such a callous move past her.
With the threat beyond the Wall now tangible and impending, Cersei couldn't even be convinced to help her enemies in the face of annihilation by the White Walkers, and lying about being pregnant to manipulate her two brothers is definitely not out of character for Cersei Lannister.
She's one of Game of Thrones' longest-surviving characters, and that's definitely for a reason.