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Game of Thrones Season 7 finale has brought a whole era to an end with the death of the mastermind who set all the wheels into motion for the game of thrones to begin in the first place way back in Season 1. In a well-played game of guessing who was fooling whom (in which most viewers were included), the Stark siblings brilliantly defeated one of their family's greatest enemies when they united to turn against Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, eventually executing him.

's main goal has always been to take power for himself by whatever means necessary, even if that included—as Sansa bitterly pointed out—setting families against families, or sisters against sisters. She cleverly turned the tables on him by publicly revealing he'd done it before when he used Lysa Arryn to deceive her sister, Catelyn Stark (setting the War of Five Kings in motion), and that he was trying to do it again by playing Sansa against Arya.

Truth be told, some of us (despite refusing to believe it) started to get sucked into that game of faces going on in Winterfell, and began wondering whether the once-frenemies Stark sisters would actually fall for Littlefinger's well-set trap. He might have succeeded, too, had the girls not been through so much hardship in the course of the six previous seasons. Without enduring hard, soul-breaking training and life lessons, Arya and Sansa would likely have fallen prey to Littlefinger's schemes. But, for better or worse, they didn't. They may have started off as pawns in the game for power, but along the way, the Stark sisters have become as formidable as any players in the game.

Not only that, but the sisters also had the benefit of being related to the new Three-Eyed Raven, Bran, who gets to dive into the past as he pleases to check the veracity of myths, tales, and events. With Littlefinger's intensive manipulative history, Bran had no problem digging up the dirt on Lord Baelish, starting with that pivotal Season 1 moment when Littlefinger double-crossed Ned Stark in King's Landing, causing him to be wrongly accused, imprisoned and, eventually, decapitated.

Sansa herself also served as a witness—while also judging Petyr, as it's the Lady of Winterfell's prerogative—and related some of the nasty things she saw him do, like selling her to the Boltons to be raped by Ramsay, and killing her aunt Lysa to take control over the Vale. At the end of the day, the reality of Littlefinger scheming to have Sansa kill Arya didn't even have any weight in his trial, since his prior crimes were plenty awful on their own.

[Credit: HBO]
[Credit: HBO]

Although Littlefinger paying his long-awaited dues rebalanced the scales of justice for the Stark siblings, perhaps the most poetic thing about it was the fact that he met his end at the blade he once used to threaten Ned Stark (and kickstart all the hell that followed). The Valyrian steel Catspaw dagger sliced Littlefinger's throat precisely, so Arya can also use his face in the future if there's need for it. With Sansa's savvy, Arya's guile, and Bran being the ultimate fact-checker, the scrappy Starks turning the tables on the master manipulator was the one outcome Littlefinger never saw coming.

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