Game of Thrones Round Table: Is Cersei Lying to Trap Jaime?

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Cersei Lannister has proven that she will do anything for power.

On Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5, there was a very real possibility that she lied to her brother in order to keep him by her side.

TV Fanatics Carissa Pavlica, Christine Hinton and Robin Harry, discuss the potential of her lying, Littlefinger's plan and so much more. 

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Is Cersei lying about the pregnancy to trap Jaime?

Carissa: At first I thought she was just lying period. I thought she was saying, "so we'll just say I'm having a baby..." It never even occurred to me she was serious until Jaime took her seriously. And then? I was disappointed Jaime was so happy. 

Christine: I think she’s lying, and if she is, this could be her downfall. She knew Jamie was starting to slip away, and telling him there’s a baby on the way and she’ll finally acknowledge him as the father was a brilliant way to reel him back in. The downside for her is that if she is lying, that will be the final straw that turns him against her. 

Robin: SHE BETTER BLOODY WELL BE LYING!!!! I thought the same as Christine; she saw hints of Jaime's conflicted heart and thought she'd rope him in with a baby. Oh Jaime, Jaime. One day you'll escape her, Jaime Lannister!

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Is Littlefinger trying to play Arya and Sansa against one another?

Carissa: Littlefinger is always trying to play everyone, but if he thinks Sansa will win against Arya, then he's in for a rude awakening. None of them know about her particular set of skills.

Christine: Absolutely! Little finger wants to isolate Sansa as much as possible so that she needs to rely on him. He’s an expert manipulator, and I’m curious to see how that stands up to Arya’s special talents. 

Robin: That was the conclusion I came to after watching those scenes. Also, today I read an interview with Aidan Gillen in the NYT, and he seemed to hint that Littlefinger may have more up his sleeve than we thought. While I think Arya will ultimately kill Baelish, I also think those sisters are strangers to each other, and he may successfully drive a wedge between them anyway. 

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What will become of Jon and his squad in Eastwatch?

Carissa: Jon's not going to die, so there's that. Other than that? I have no idea. I can't imagine it's going to be as easy as plucking a White Walker out of the crowd and dragging him off, though.

Christine: Jon’s already died once, so I’m hoping he’s safe, but I doubt they will all make it back alive. And as Carissa pointed out, how does one capture one White Walker from the crowd? I'm guessing some dragon glass will be involved but other than that, I can’t even imagine how they’ll accomplish their task, but I can’t wait to find out. 

Robin: Ride on, Magnificent Westerosi Seven! I'm pretty sure someone is going to die; my guess is Jorah. That embrace between him and Dany was a little too poignant. Also, I'm still not quite on board with this plan -- I mean, it's not like Cersei is going to care or help -- but I am looking forward to this adventure. 

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Were you surprised that Jaime survived?

Carissa: In full armor? Uh, yes. It was a bit ridiculous to suggest he just floated down a ways and was scooped up by Bronn, but there be dragons. I've always wanted to use that phrase, and now I have. I'm satisfied.

Christine: No. As ridiculous as the magically appearing abyss was, I still didn’t doubt that he’d survive. If he were going to die, Drogon would have torched him. Besides, he had to live to tell Cersei that Oleanna killed Joffrey. 

Robin: I wasn't surprised at all that he survived, but his appearance a mile away was a bit silly. I'm completely okay with the fantasy of dragons and direwolves, but clearly, I have some weird line at the defiance of the laws of physics. 

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React to Gilly essentially telling Samwell the truth about Jon.

It was a nugget just for the fans, right? It scored very well on social media. Hahaha. I don't think anything will ever come of it, but it didn't mean it wasn't nice to hear. I still like the idea of Jon and Dany getting together and ruling the world. 

Christine:  I loved how it went one ear and out the other for Samwell because he was so frustrated. As much as I’m curious to see where Jon’s true parentage goes, I’d much prefer a royal hook up between Dany and Jon, and them being related kind of spoils that fantasy. 

Robin: That was incredible, mind-blowing, frustrating and hilarious all at once. The casual, offhand drop of one of the biggest secrets in Westeros. These writers!! Honestly, I'm sorta ambivalent to the idea of an Ice/Fire romance, but I like the potential of how this could affect their relationships and ambitions.

How will Dany deal with the fact that Jon has a more legitimate claim to the throne than she does?  How will Jon deal with the fact that he's not a bastard, given that's part of what defined him? I mean, the showrunners may decide "meh, there's no time, gotta deal with White Walkers, doesn't change a thing," but it's got potential as an interesting twist.

Okay, Game of Thrones Fanatics. What is your take on the questions?

Sound off below. 

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 airs Sunday on HBO. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

That’s Cersei Lannister, not me. I’m not here to murder, and all I want to destroy is the wheel that has rolled over rich and poor to the benefit of no one but the Cersei Lannisters of the world.


Gilly: What’s an annulment?
Sam: It’s when a man sets aside his lawful wife.
Gilly: [High Septon] Maynard says here that he issued an annulment for a Prince Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne. Is that a common thing in the south, or is —