Last season of Game of Thrones, in the episode titled “The Climb” I had a realization about a certain character. If you recall, that was the episode where Jon Snow climbed the Wall, but more importantly it was the episode where Lord Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) gave his famous “Chaos is a Ladder” speech. It was a profound and accurate speech. Afterwards, I thought to myself, Littlefinger is going end up ruling the world of Game of Thrones.
Now I’ve only read the first two books, so I’m not familiar with what occurs beyond what the TV show has shown. But with last Sunday’s episode, Littlefinger getting all he wants in the end seems even more plausible. It was revealed that Littlefinger was the one who basically triggered all the events of the show/books. Jon Arryn was poisoned by Lady Arryn at the behest of Littlefinger and he also told her to send that famous letter to Catelyn. That letter if you recall, is what prompted Nerd Stark to accept the position of the Hand of the King and investigate the Lannisters. This reveal, while shocking at first, made complete sense. Of course Littlefinger’s lust for power would set all of these events in motion. Varys, who has been missing from the current season, told us time and time again that Lord Baelish is the most dangerous man in Westeros. The fact that Varys is the only one that sees this is even more alarming. Like Littlefinger told Sansa a few episodes ago, without motive no one will suspect you. Littlefinger is playing the long game and his patience has been gradually paying off.
It’s amazing that a supporting-supporting character like Lord Baelish is not only one of the most important characters in the series, but he is also the one who has been constantly winning without anyone else (minus Varys) realizing that he has ulterior motives. Also, this reveal finally made sense of this teaser from the first season. If you notice, all of the key characters like Ned and Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, Cersei and Jamie Lannister, Robert Baratheon and Daenerys are sitting in the Iron Throne. And then there’s Littlefinger, who in the first season received slightly more screen-time than Varys. It always seemed odd to me that Littlefinger was included in that teaser, but now I get it. Now his actions in the first season make more sense. Littlefinger is the cause of everything.
Game of Thrones never ceases to amaze me. To think that something in the fourth season would allude and add new layers of meaning to the preview teaser from the first season is incredible. I don’t think any other show on TV has done this before. I’m so glad I’m watching and loving this show, Game of Thrones is constantly making history. I can’t wait to see what Littlefinger is planning to do when Daenerys arrives with her dragons. Hell, perhaps Lord Baelish already has someone within Daenerys’ circle.