Shortly after the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, fans began speculating about what might happen next. As Game of Thrones Season 7 inched closer, fans scoured every picture, cast interview and trailer to find any clue which might hint at future events. Though some theories might sound off the wall, one theory might have just been proven true — and it revolves around Littlefinger himself, Petyr Baelish.
Note: heavy spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4, “The Spoils of War."
In earlier seasons, Littlefinger fancied himself as a man who lurked in the shadows and pulled the strings of kings; however, he has been laying low since he pledged to Sansa and House Stark. Many fans suspect that he has been planning something nefarious, but now that Bran (the Three Eyed Raven) and Arya (one of the Faceless Men) have returned to Winterfell, things might not turn out well for Petyr Baelish.
Before Game of Thrones Season 7 began, Entertainment Weekly released lovely cover issues to promote the show, and on one of them, all the surviving Stark children were reunited. Upon investigating the cover, fans realized that Arya was brandishing Baelish’s Valyrian steel dagger. Fans began to believe that this image was a hint at Littlefinger’s demise. And it looks like it might be coming true.
During Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4, “The Spoils of War," we learned that Littlefinger gave Bran the dagger as a gift. After being reunited with Arya, Bran gifted her the dagger, which she later used in an awesome sparring match with Brienne. However, now that Arya has the dagger, what does that mean for Littlefinger?
Well, the Stark children have a very good reason for wanting Littlefinger dead; they just don't know it yet. During Game of Thrones Season 1, a catspaw tried to kill Bran Stark with Baelish’s Valyrian steel dagger, but the assassin was killed by Bran’s direwolf, Summer. Littlefinger then lied to Catelyn, and said that he once owned the knife, but now it belonged to Tyrion Lannister.
Littlefinger’s lie spelled doom for the Starks, and almost led to the Lannisters completely wiping them out.
Did Game Of Thrones Just Confirm That Arya Will Kill Littlefinger?
No one has ever figured out that Littlefinger was the architect behind the War of the Five Kings, but this truth is likely about to be brought to light. During a conversation with Littlefinger, Bran hinted that he knew more about Baelish's history than he’s letting on. Bran asked him if he knew who the dagger belonged to, and Baelish began to spin one of his lies:
"No. That very question was what started the War of the Five Kings. In a way, that dagger made you what you are today. Forced from your home, driven out to the wilds beyond the Wall... To go through all of that and make your way home again only to find such chaos in the world, I can only imagine..."
Bran quickly interrupted Baelish, and said: "Chaos is a ladder.” This comment shook Baelish to his core, because it suggests that Bran knows about things from the past that could cause him some serious problems. The line “chaos is a ladder” is from a conversation Littlefinger had with Varys during Season 3, which went as follows:
“Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is."
The fact that Bran referenced this is telling, but the fact that he then handed over the dagger to Arya is even more intriguing. Before he did so, Sansa seemed concerned that Baelish was planning something; she stated that Littlefinger isn’t a generous man, and that he gave Bran the dagger because he wants something in return. To which Bran replied: “it doesn’t matter”.
Bran seems to know everything about everyone — including knowing that Baelish was the one who sparked the War of the Five Kings — and he just handed the dagger that started it all over to someone who could kill Baelish without blinking. Although this isn’t conformation, it does seem very likely that Bran will spill the beans to Arya in future episodes.
Game of Thrones Season 7 has just three episodes left, and all hell is about to break loose in Westeros. Daenerys just struck a huge blow to Cersei's forces, and the White Walkers are inching their way southward. With everything going on, maybe Littlefinger will hang on a bit longer ... but if Arya finds out about his secret, he won't make it very long.
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