Friday, July 14, 2017
At the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, quite a few people got wiped out. The massive wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor took out quite a few highborn characters who had been essential to the war — and cleared out a lot of the enemies of Cersei Lannister.
The majority of the people who got blown up in the Cersei’s Season 6 finale power move were members of House Tyrell, the powerful lords who came to the Lannisters’ aid against Stannis Baratheon and the Starks during the War of the Five Kings.
So does that mean that House Tyrell has gone extinct? No, but it will be soon — there’s a reason why Lady Olenna, the Tyrell matriarch told Ellaria Sand in the Season 6 finale that “Cersei stole the future from me…survival is not what I’m after now.”
It’s true that most of House Tyrell is gone, despite several attempts at making lasting alliances. The Tyrells first tried to ally with Renly Baratheon when he made his claim for the Iron Throne, but when Stannis assassinated Renly, Lord Mace Tyrell and the rest of the family allied with the Lannisters.
Margaery Tyrell pledged to marry Joffrey Baratheon in order to combine the two houses — the Lannisters needed the Tyrells’ wealth and troops to keep fighting the war — and Loras Tyrell was pledged to marry Cersei. But even by then, Cersei had started to become suspicious of the Tyrells and worked to undermine the family. Meanwhile, Margaery and her grandmother, Lady Olenna, began working to manipulate and control Joffrey.
When Joffrey was poisoned at his wedding (by Lady Olenna, in fact), the next in line for the king, Tommen Baratheon, was pledged to Margaery. But the subsequent death of Tywin Lannister meant that Cersei was no longer forced to marry Loras. Later, when Cersei restored the Faith Militant, the military arm of the religion in King’s Landing, Loras was arrested and charged with “buggery.”
Loras’ trial for homosexuality, and Cersei’s for adultery, were both set to take place in the Sept of Baelor. Instead of attending, Cersei stayed in the Red Keep and ordered a cache of wildfire beneath the sept ignited. The explosion destroyed the building with Loras, Margaery and Mace Tyrell inside.
At this point, only Lady Olenna remains in House Tyrell, with seemingly no remaining known heirs now that Margaery and Loras dead.
There might be other Tyrells, but the show isn’t explicit about it. There’s some implication that the Tyrell handmaidens are actually cousins of the Tyrell heirs, which would imply there might be some other Tyrells floating around to take over the family. But the main Tyrell line certainly appears doomed at this point — from here, all that matters is how much damage Olenna can do before the end.
Source: the wrap feed