Understanding Prophecies

WARNING: Contains SPOILERS for non-book readers

“Prophecy is a staple element in fantasy, but it’s tricky… You want to play with the notion of prophecies coming true but in an unexpected way.”

George R.R. Martin

During the six seasons, many prophecies revealed the future to the characters. Even if most of the prophecies are shown in the show, George R.R. Martin gave them more attention in the books, where it is easier to get them in order to catch some knowledge about what will happen.

Although believing to the prophecies seems not to be convincing or credible, some of those presented in Game of Thrones have been proven; so, reading through them, we can hope to understand something more about the future of the next seasons or we can get some elements about something we did not give enough attention to.



In season 4, Bran had a vision of a dragon flying over King’s Landing. It is not happened yet but, according to the final episode of season 6, we can assume it is going to happen soon.


In season 6, he saw, in his vision, a green fire exploding through some crypts. This vision has been definitely proven in the last episode of season 6, in which Cersei caused the explosion of the Great Sept of Baelor, thank to her reserves of wildfire.



During the season 1, Daenerys met Mirri Maz Duur, who killed her baby in the womb and told her that her husband Khal Drogo would return to consciousness “when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before”. Although all the things the crone told to Daenerys are definitely impossible, there are many interpretations. We all desire to find the right interpretation but, in my opinion, it would be given by the hope and sensibility of those attached to the characters.


In Qarth, in the warlocks’ House of the Undying, Daenerys had a vision about herself in the Throne Room of the Red Keep. This vision clearly has an easy interpretation. Even it can be seen as a Khaleesi’s desire, we can assume that it means she is going to destroy Cersei, hopefully in next season.


In the books, but not in the show, Daenerys sow one more thing in the vision in the House of the Undying. She saw her brother Rhaegar saying that “the dragon has three heads”: Daenerys is one, who are the others? Everybody are now thinking about Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister.



The first question that the young Cersei made to Maggy the Frog was about her marrying the Prince Rhaegar. Maggy said she would not marry the prince, but the King: Robert Baratheon. This has been totally confirmed during since the beginning of the show.


In fact, Cersei, also asked Maggy if she will be queen one day. Maggy told her that she will, but will also be cast down by a younger more beautiful queen. As we know, Cersei thought she was Margaery, but it can finally be Daenery, hopefully very soon.


Cersei then asked about her children with the king. Maggy said that the king would have twenty children, while she would have only three: “gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds”. In fact, both Joffrey and Tommen had been kings and Myrcella, even without having been crowned, was blonde. And all of them died.



In the book, but not in the show, Maggy made another prophecy: “when your tears have drowned you, the valongar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” “Valongar” in High Valyrian means “little brother”, and Cersei has always though he was Tyrion, without thinking about her other brother, only few seconds younger of her: Jaimie. I can be considered cruel (?!) but honestly I really would like to see Jaimie killing his beloved sister.

These are only few of the elements that are possible to extract from the show, those I consider very important, but there are many and many. And each of them can bring you to create your own interpretation.

But remember that we are “good people”, and we led to read the prophecies in the most positive way possible. We are not George R.R. Martin, and he seems to enjoy destroying our hopes about an optimistic future.


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