ASOIAF vs. GoT, Fourth: Maggy the Frog

Who else here is thrilled as fuck that HBO Now is a thing? *raises hand* Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to watch the new episode last night! Yeah! And it was a good one. Imagine my perverse delight when I realized that cute little blond girl in the opening scene was Wee!Cersei. For the benefit of the TV-only folks, I will tell you about what’s going on in that scene.

Cersei and her friend are visiting Maggy the Frog. Her friend’s name is Melara Heatherspoon. The name “Maggy” is a bastardization of “maegi,” or “witch.” In the books, Maggy is a very old and ugly woman, hence the “Frog.” The prophecy as told on the show is mostly faithful to the books, but incomplete.

Maybe they’ll show us the rest of the prophecy later on! Even so, it’s already been disclosed in the books, so I’m sharing it here. Maggy sucks a bit of Cersei’s blood and answers her questions!

Cersei wants to know when she’ll wed the prince. Maggy tells her: never. You’ll wed the king. The prince is Rhaegar Targaryen, and of course we know now that the king is Robert Baratheon. Cersei will be queen, though, yes?

Aye. Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.

So now that Cersei’s grown, she looks back on that prophecy and she assumes Margaery Tyrell is the younger and more beautiful queen who’s come along to ruin everything. Doesn’t even occur to her to think more about Dany. And if you’re now thinking she’s making Margaery into a self-fulfilling prophecy, you’d be right!

That’s not all of it, of course. Cersei asks about her children with the king. Maggy tells her she’ll have three children, and the king will have twenty. (In the books, Robert has sixteen bastards, not twenty, but the point is made.) Of Cersei’s three children, we see Maggy tell her: “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds.”

So far, that much has come true for Joffrey. He has been king, and he has died young. Now Tommen is wearing a gold crown. Myrcella is off in Dorne where Cersei has no say in what happens to her.

This is the part we didn’t see on the show last night:

And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.

“Valonqar” is Valyrian for “little brother.” The obvious choice for the valonqar is Tyrion, but there are other candidates.

Oh, and also, Melara wants to know if she’ll marry Jaime. Maggy tells her:

Not Jaime, nor any other man, Worms will have your maidenhead. Your death is here tonight, little one. Can you smell her breath? She is very close.

Cersei throws Melara down a well that very night to keep her from telling anyone else about the prophecy. Even as a cute little girl, Cersei was a piece of work.