Shiera Blackwood

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  1. Well, Jaime DID get a traditional Lannister name. Unlike some of the other big families that stick to a very narrow palette of naming patterns (looking at you, Targaryens with your endless ae diphthong), the Lannisters seem to have several different naming traditions that repeat from one generation to the next. The "Ty" names (mainly for men, but not exclusively) are the most recognizable, possibly because the past few heirs to Casterly Rock have had a Ty name. "Lan" and "Ge" names have historically been popular, along with "Cer" and "Ja/Jo" names. Jaime and Cersei have close ancestors named Cerelle and Jaesin, and first cousins named Cerenna and Janei. In other words, I don't think that Joanna and Tywin would have placed more importance on a "Ty" name than any other that followed a family pattern. All of their kids are steeped in the Lannister name Kool-Aid.
  2. I personally feel like the prophecy won't fully come true, one way or the other, but I don't think that Cersei would be able to shake it off in any event. Her fate is inexorable bound to the prophecy at this point, and every choice she makes draws the "inevitable" closer. The MtF prophecies that have come true so far were all the result of Cersei's direct meddling, with the possible exception of marrying a king rather than a prince. She is almost certainly responsible for Melara's young demise, and she dictated the number of children she ultimately had. We know with certainty that she could have given birth to at least four children, had she not sent Jaime for the moon tea the one time Robert successfully impregnated her. All of that said, there's the issue of prophecy being notoriously hard to interpret in asoiaf. We have the MtF prophecy from one source: Cersei's memory. No character in the series has a perfect memory, and Cersei may very well be "remembering" details of the prophecy that weren't originally included. Even if it happened exactly the way she remembers it, there's still the problem of interpretation. The prophecy doesn't say that her children will die young, or even within her lifetime. It says that they will have golden crowns (easy guess if they are children of a prince or a king), and golden shrouds (pretty much any CR Lannister in good family standing is going to have a golden shroud upon their death, regardless of age), but neither of those necessarily mean that Cersei's children will predecease her. The implication that her tears would "drown her" due to her grief is compelling, but she could be grieving for many reasons. Similarly, the prophecy doesn't say that Cersei will be supplanted by a younger Queen. It's possible that the "younger, more beautiful" person who will cast Cersei down is just about any female younger than herself at this point since beauty is subjective, and Cersei's looks are notably fading. It's easy to think that a younger female will come to power and knock Cersei off her throne, but perhaps this has already come true. Her obsession with Margaery, and belief that the Tyrell girl was the prophesied "beauty" has resulted in Cersei losing virtually everything she valued. Hency, Margaery's presence has resulted in Cersei being "cast down"... but again, this was Cersei acting to bring an event to fruition because she believed it was inevitable.
  3. Despite all of the fun we have with it as a fanbase, incest is used pretty sparingly in the story. Other than the Targaryens, Jaime and Cersei, and Craster, there aren't many high-profile incestuous relationships (that are closer than first cousins) described in the main series. I know GRRM likes to present common themes in new surroundings, but I just can't see a new case of brother-sister incest being pulled out of the hat at the 11th hour. After all of the time spent with Jaime and Cersei as POV characters, it wouldn't add a new story element. Incest and inbreeding seem to serve as a cautionary tale in the books. Cersei did it, and doomed the Baratheon line, and possibly her own. The Targaryens did it, and whether it truly led to the mental instability, infertility, and bad luck that plagued the family, the incest is certainly a convenient foil for blame within the story. Craster's incest with his daughters and granddaughters is presented as dark, twisted, and abusive, and unless more information is later provided, seems to have already served its narrative purpose. (Though I do find it interesting that there isn't much in the books to suggest that any of Craster's offspring are mentally unstable or physically deformed, whereas it was a constant issue for the Targs, and Joffrey is arguably mentally unsound from a very young age.) Jon seems to be set up as a real or decoy savior in the story. Either way, revealing that he's the byproduct of incest, whether it's consensual or not, would be kind of silly at this point.
  4. Lysa Arryn + Butterbumps = Joffrey The greatest love story never told.