Note: heavy spoilers for Game of Thrones follow. It wouldn't be a Game of Thrones season finale without at least one major death. This time around, it was Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, as many fans saw coming from a mile away. Littlefinger was a master at conniving and plotting, but it finally caught up with him. After trying to put a wedge between the Stark sisters, he plan backfired, sealing his fate as a dead man.
Arya and Sansa cleverly took a few ideas out of Littlefinger's playbook, fooling him into thinking his sibling sabotage was working in his favor. Littlefinger was a prominent figure throughout his treacherous seven-season run — betraying Sansa and Catelyn Stark, killing their aunt Lysa, and selling Sansa to the Boltons would prove unforgivable despite how much he begged. Arya sliced his throat with the same dagger that he gifted to Bran, proving chaos really is a ladder.
Actor Aidan Gillen, who played Littlefinger, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his season seven finale death, and shared an interesting tidbit revealing how he accurately predicted his character's death two years ago:
"Well, I did an interview with a publication [in 2015] and they asked me how I thought I would go. I said I thought Arya would deliver the blow. So it was as promised. And even within the scene, as soon as he walks in that room and Arya produces the dagger he knows the game is up. He at least suspected the game was up back in episode four when Bran told him, “Chaos is a ladder.” For Bran to come up with that is beyond coincidental. That’s when the ground started to shift beneath my feet. At that point, I knew the things I’ve done in private are not necessarily private."
Many predicted that Sansa would finally come to her senses and kill Littlefinger herself, but it was fitting for her to calmly let Arya go through with it. Even though the intense scene came towards the end of the season's final episode, it wasn't filmed in order so Gillen had the opportunity to enjoy his last few days on set and look back on the wonderful experience.
Gillen also spoke about keeping a special piece of his character as a token of remembrance:
"For the real last day at work ... [co-executive producer] Bryan Cogman called people in and said a few words and my son was there with me. That was quite something. And I got my mockingbird pin. I had already let them know I wanted it, and I cleverly worked it so I got two. There’s one from my cloak and one from my tunic. So I got the large and the small size — one for me and one for my son."
Consider Littlefinger's demise just the start of what's to come in the eighth and final season of the hit #HBO series. Not only was his death significant to the narrative, it proved that Sansa is capable of seeing through manipulators and harmful members of her family's alliances. Sansa may have said she was a "slow learner" but she has certainly come a very long way from the last time she lived in Winterfell. Having an assassin-like sister in Arya on your side also serves beneficial, let's not forget that.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)