Towards the end of the last season of Game of Thrones, Cersei (played by Lena Headey) broke the news that she is pregnant to her brother-and-lover Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
While Jaime’s loyalty to his sister has been waning throughout the seasons, the announcement gave him another much-needed reason to stay on her side.
However fans were instantly suspicious about the validity of Cersei’s pregnancy due to the sudden nature of her announcement.
But some fans are convinced that Cersei is truly pregnant with Jaime’s fourth child – after Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), and Marcella (Nell Tiger Free).
And the theory surrounding Cersei’s pregnancy does not end well for the tyrant Queen.
Reddit users have been discussing Cersei’s pregnancy and theorising that she may not survive the ordeal.
A fan wrote: “I keep thinking about how the series began, with Tyrion [Peter Dinklage] being hated by most of his family, and how his mother died when he was born.
“Now that Cersei has told her brother that she is again pregnant, would it be bittersweet enough for her to die in childbirth?”
Although this would be a climactic ending for the Queen of Westeros before a final battle, fans have also pointed out a previous prophecy scene.
Fans may remember Cersei telling a story about her future being told by a witch who explained she would die at the hands of her brother.
One fan explained the prophecy: “According to Maggy the Frog’s prophecy, Cersei dies when one of her brothers strangles her to death. I don’t think she’ll last long enough to give birth.”
This prophecy would debunk the theory that childbirth will kill Cersei, but another user pointed something else out.
“Actually I am pretty sure that Cersei is telling the truth about her pregnancy,” a fan wrote. “But I don’t think she will give birth to that baby or at least not to a living one.”
The prophecy also stated that she would die after giving birth to three living children, so could Cersei be destined to lose the baby?
If she does, will she take her anger out on foes Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington)?
The images were captioned: “Shooting continues at KL set, Lannister banners are back #GameOfThrones.”
They may hint towards a battle at Kings’ Landing next season between Cersei’s forces and Daenerys’ dragons.
Although Daenerys and Cersei initially agreed to join forces to destroy the White Walkers and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik), the set could be showing the city after a dragon attack.
Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic in 2019.