"Game of Thrones" Season 5 seems so far away now, but one flashback scene it revealed seems especially important now.
Lena Headey (Cersei) brought up the scene during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. (Season 7 finale spoiler ahead!) While offering her character's take on Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), whom she met in Episode 7, "The Dragon and the Wolf," Headey reminded us of the prophecy Cersei heard as a teen and explained that the meeting likely brought the memory "the forefront of her mind."
The prophecy, which was revealed in a Season 5 flashback, came from a witch and fortune teller named Maggy (Jodhi May) after teenage Cersei demanded information about her future. The witch complied, and what she said now seems extremely prescient.
"You'll be queen ... for a time," she said. "Then comes another -- younger, more beautiful -- to cast you down and take all you hold dear."
Yes, that sounds bad for Cersei, so we can't blame Headey for thinking her character would be bothered by her rival.
"I think she's immediately envious because Daenerys is more beautiful and younger than she is," the actress said, "and the prophecy says somebody younger and more beautiful will take her place."
While Cersei has already lost much of what she holds dear, she still has power, and she has proven she is willing to fight for it. The possibility of losing it gives Cersei a lot to fear, especially since other parts of what Maggy said proved to be true. Not only did the witch predict Cersei's marriage to a king, Maggy also said she would have -- and lose -- three children, which is currently true. Depending on whether or not Cersei is actually pregnant and delivers a baby, we'll know how much weight to give the prophecy.
"Game of Thrones" Season 8 is due in late 2018 or as late as 2019.