After Season 8, Episode 5, do we really know what happened to Cersei?

Dragons have long been part of myth and legend. This woodcut illustrates St. Michael fighting the dragon. Original work is by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), and is included in US Library of Congress digital prints collection.
St. Michael fighting the dragon; Albrecht Dürer,1471-1528, artist. From digital prints and photos/US Library of Congress.

Warning: There are spoilers in this article. If you’re sensitive about that, don’t read it.

Although TV is my least favorite form of entertainment, I have confessed publicly I get hooked on some series. Game of Thrones is one of them. I watched episode 5 of season 8 last night, eager to see Cersei get the fate she certainly deserved. Once the episode was over, I thought about a couple things, and one is a question. Did Cersei really die?

We saw the moment she reconnected with her brother Jaime in the Red Keep as destruction rained upon the kingdom, courtesy of one very angry Daenerys and her surviving dragon Drogon. I followed this series from the beginning, and I told my husband no tragic fate was good enough for Cersei because I viewed her as one of the most evil villains cast in fiction.

Thank God for dragons, right? The character of the dragon has figured in art and literature dating to antiquity, and Drogon lives up to the task.

It didn’t surprise me to see touching moments between the truly entitled Lannister twins, with Jaime comforting the sister he’d long had a physical relationship with. Then we see the Keep disintegrate and the last scene shows Jaime and Cersei embracing.

What don’t we see?

We never see Jaime and Cersei’s dead bodies.

That led me to ask the question. Did Cersei really die? Considering the past resurrection of leading character Jon Snow, I think anything is possible in Game of Thrones.

I read an article somewhere—I honestly don’t remember where—that claimed Cersei didn’t die in the novel. I don’t know if that is true. I do know I plan to read the books. I deliberately didn’t read them before seeing the series because I almost always fail to like a film or TV series as much as I liked the books they’re based upon. My summer reading project for fiction will be the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

The wildly popular HBO series has one more episode to go before it ends and I will have to search for something to watch. Who will rule? Will Daenerys prove to be more a liability than an asset for the citizens who weren’t torched by Drogon?

What about Sansa? Arya?

There are definitely some ends that must be tied up in the next episode. For a handy list of who perished in the most recent GOT episode, check out analysis at The Hollywood Reporter.

Where wicked Cersei—a figurative sibling for Lady Macbeth if ever there was one—is concerned, do we really know what happened to the powerful Lannister?

Without a corpse, I’m not buying into her death. Yet.

I see prequels and sequels potential.

(Kay B. Day/May 13, 2019)


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