Does Tommen’s Leap of Faith Make Any Sense?

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Tommen Committing suicide makes perfect sense in the ASOIAF/GOT universe.

Probably the most important and powerful element in Game of Thrones is the WORD. Words play a major role in how the story plays out. Martin tends to lay a lot of brickwork through back stories (e.g. Nan?).

In this case, we are talking about prophecies that are of great importance. For example, the prophecy is the very reason why Jon is brought back to life by the Lord of Light through Melisandre as the Prince that was Promised, Azor Ahai. Just as this prophecy, when she was young, Cersei was given a prophecy by Maggy the Frog, a fortune teller according to which she would see her three children dead.

Prophecy

Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds, she said. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.

via Maggy

She was told that she would wed the king, and indeed she did when she was brought into a marriage with Robert Baratheon. Maggy told her she would have children, “Six-and-ten for him, three for you.” Sure enough, Cersei had three children out of her incestuous affair with Jaime, while Robert had over a dozen bastard children with random women he bedded over the years.

Then came the tragedies in the prophecy: “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds.” We have now seen that part of the prophecy come true, as Cersei has gazed upon the dead bodies of her three children.

via ‘Game of Thrones’: Cersei’s Prophecy Is Not Finished Yet

Cersei has taken Tommen’s death far easier than Joffrey’s or Myrcella’s. She is done fighting fate. She is doomed to Martin’s prophecies (which are not over) that curse her with every step she takes.

Let’s talk about Tommen. He is a child who was not taught or fit to be king. He was weak and confused. Tommen was manipulated by Margaery into following her very plan (and yet when she needed him most, he failed to act). Regardless, Tommen felt his world collapse when he saw what Cersei had done. His love, who had manipulated him so well, was dead. He saw no reason to live, so he ended his suffering. I’m not going to go into a “was it good or bad” argument. There is no right and wrong in GoT. That’s the beauty of it. Characters are flawed and emotional. He acted perfectly in his character’s shoes.

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