Friday, October 17, 2014

Which Flashback Will We See in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Warning: Game of Thrones SPOILERS ahead

In a recent Q&A with Spanish film students, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed that there would be flashbacks in season 5. Now, many people have jumped on the plural use of the word “flashback”, and if we do in fact get multiples in season 5 of Game of Thrones, then all the better. So, which flashback(s) will we get to see? Let’s discuss that exact question, here.

“By making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”

We’ve had dreams with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, and we’ve had prophecies with Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon. So, of course a flashback(s) is in order, but which one? We know that Cersei Lannister will be a major focus in season 5 of Game of Thrones, and in fact, Lena Heady just recently finished filming her big “Walk of Shame” scene.

If we stick with the theory that the flashback will have to do with Cersei, then an educated guess would be a combination of flashback and prophecy, with Maggy the Frog and the Prophecy of the Valonqar.

Game of Thrones: Cersei and Maggy Art by Cris Urdiales
To understand the prophecy, one must first know who Maggy is. Maggy came to Lannisport as a young woman, brought by her husband who had been trading spices in the East. Their son was the founder of House Spicer.

As a girl, Cersei Lannister heard rumors about her magical powers and decided to seek her out for a fortune telling. Cersei and her friends Jeyne Farman and Melara Hetherspoon went to her during the tourney for King Aerys II’s visit to the Westerlands. Cersei fell in love, from afar, with Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the Mad King’s son, and wanted to know if she would marry the crown prince.

Game of Thrones: Maggy - by Matt Olson
Maggy is described as an overly ugly hag of a woman. She was squat and warty, with crusty yellow eyes, no teeth, and pale green jowls. At the sight of Maggy’s yellow eyes, Jeyne fled, but Cersei and Melara remained.

Maggy initially refused to tell the futures of the remaining girls, but grudgingly agreed, when faced with Cersei’s threats of telling her father, Lord Tywin, on her. She allowed Cersei three questions and made the Prophecy of the Valonqar, which is High Valyrian for “little brother”.

Game of Thrones: Maggy – by Matt Olson

“When will I wed the prince?” she asked. 
“Never. You will wed the king.”

“I will be queen, though?” asked the younger her. 
“Aye.” Malice gleamed in Maggy’s yellow eyes. “Queen you shall be . . . until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.”

“Will the king and I have children?” she asked. 
“Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you.”

The old woman was not done with her, however. “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.”

The prophecy stuck with Cersei and has haunted her, ever since. When Melara took her turn, Maggy predicted that she would die young, and hinted that it would be by Cersei’s hand. Extremely upset, and displaying that haughty temper we are so used to, Cersei threw a jar of potion into Maggy’s eyes and fled, leaving Maggy to curse them both.

Years later, Cersei confessed to a confidant, that Maggy’s seeing had come true for her friend Melara, as she had drown in a well. In telling the story, it is strongly implied that Cersei had a hand in Melara’s death.

So now that you know just what the Prophecy of the Valonqar is, and how it pertains to Cersei, do you think this will be the big flashback in Game of Thrones season 5? Let us know your thoughts, in the comments below.


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