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This Tiny Game of Thrones Detail Could Mean the End for Littlefinger

Sansa Stark seemed to take to her new role as Regent of the North in Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, establishing her credibility as a capable leader. However, some fans are still worried about the thorn in her side known as Littlefinger.


As Sansa walked through the Winterfell courtyard making plans to keep her people fed and warm throughout winter, the master manipulator followed along silently at her side. And while he didn’t say anything, there was a specific moment in the conversation that seemed to give him pause.

After Sansa asked Maester Wolkan about the length of the longest winter in the past 100 years, he replied that he would have to look it up. “I’m not entirely certain. I’ll check Maester Luwin’s records, he kept a copy of every raven’s scroll,” he said, referencing the former Maester of Winterfell.

This revelation made Littlefinger do a quick but noticeable double-take — as noted by The Ringer — seeming to hint that one of these scrolls may contain some incriminating information.


Some speculate that there may be a scroll that links Littlefinger to the Valryian steel dagger that was used in the assassination attempt on Bran and was last seen when Littlefinger held it to Ned’s neck after betraying him to the Lannisters. This theory is supported by the fact that the dagger was shown strapped to Arya’s hip in promotional photos for the season, indicating that the young assassin may be the one to finally take out Littlefinger upon her arrival at Winterfell. And judging by the promo for this week’s episode, she’s getting very close to her destination.


Not to mention that the promo also appears to show Sansa suspiciously perusing a paper that could be the scroll in question.


Here’s hoping that ousting Littlefinger is the first item on the Stark sisters’ reunion to-do list.

The 8th episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season airs Aug. 27th at 9 p.m. on HBO.



Game of Thrones: Arya Stark Looks So Much Like Ned Now It’s Insane

During the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War,” a long-awaited reunionbetween separated sisters Arya and Sansa Stark finally happens. They hug and catch up in Winterfell’s crypt, standing in front of the tomb of their late father, Ned Stark. Although Arya remarks that the stone statue looks nothing like him, it’s hard not to notice in that scene in particular who does look like Ned: Arya herself.

Over the course of seven seasons, the deadly assassin has undergone a major transformation. She starts off Game of Thrones as a scrappy young girl who just wants to learn how to sword fight rather than becoming a lady of a castle and marrying some lord. Arya clearly has a special bond with her dad from the get-go, and seeing him brutally and tragically beheaded in King’s Landing is what kicks off her mission to get revenge on everyone who harmed her family.


With each new season of the series, Arya has subtly transformed into her father as she matures and becomes savvier about the world around her. From their half-up, pulled-back hairstyles to their layered cloaks, the resemblance between the characters is uncanny (they even wear a similar leather X detail over their chests).

This isn’t the first time one of the Stark children has physically taken after Ned, either. In season six, Jon Snow ditches his typical Castle Black attire for a brown leather coat of plates. The vest is the same one that Ned wears in previous episodes and is traditional attire for House Stark (Robb also dons similar armor in earlier seasons). Not only that, but Jon’s habit of tying his hair into man bun earns him some Ned comparisons every now and then, as does his personality overall since both are brooding, fantastic leaders.

Despite the fact Ned has been dead and gone since season one, it’s touching to see his legacy still living on in his children in different ways. With the Starks back in control of the North, it will be exciting to see how Jon, Sansa, Arya, and Bran choose to rule.



Game Of Thrones: Who Is Arya Going To Kill With Littlefinger’s Dagger?

A girl received a dagger on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.

Arya Stark’s long-awaited return to Winterfell didn’t disappoint. The youngest and deadliest Stark daughter, Arya (Maisie Williams), reunited with her surviving siblings Brandon (Issac Hemstead-Wright) and Sansa (Sophie Turner). Things have definitely changed since the Stark children last saw each other all the way back in season one. Today, Sansa is Lady Stark in charge of Winterfell in the absence of their brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the King in the North. Bran no longer considers himself Brandon Stark; he’s the Three Eyed Raven now. Bran also has no need for weapons, such as Valyrian steel daggers with dragonbone hilts.


The dagger Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gave Bran in “The Spoils of War,” which Bran in turn gave to Arya, might be the most important weapon in the history of the show, in terms on its impact on the events that have transpired since season one. Littlefinger is the only man to claim ownership of the dagger, but as he told Bran, where the dagger came from and who it really belongs to is the question that essentially launched the War of the Five Kings. Given to a cutthroat assassin and meant to be used to kill Bran, the dagger passed to Bran’s mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), to his father Ned (Sean Bean), and back to Littlefinger when he betrayed Ned to the Lannisters. The dagger’s whereabouts were unknown until season 7, and now it belongs to Arya.


In Arya’s hands, the dagger could have its final and most significant impact still to come. Herself now an assassin trained by the Faceless Ones of Braavos, Arya may be back in Winterfell, but she still harbors a list of enemies she plans to kill. Ayra told Sansa that most of the people on her list are dead, but that’s not exactly true.


The people on Arya’s list still breathing are Cersei, The Mountain (Gregor Clegane), The Hound (Sandor Clegane), Melisandre, Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion, and Ser Illyn Payne. Payne was Joffrey’s royal executioner who beheaded Ned Stark with his own greatsword, Ice. Melisandre makes the list for taking Genry away, and Thoros and Beric from the Brotherhood Without Banners earned Arya’s enmity for selling Gendry to her. The Mountain made the list for the torture she saw him perpetrate at Harrenhaal, and she has never forgiven the Hound for killing Micah, the butcher’s boy, back in season one.

Cersei is now the name at the top of Arya’s list, but Arya surrendered her chance to become a Queenslayer when she decided to turn back from her course towards King’s Landing and return to Winterfell to reunite with her family. As Cersei is unlikely to venture to the North any time soon, especially with her war with Daenerys Targaryen still raging, the Queen is safe from Arya – for now.

However, counting Cersei out as an achievable target for the time being, there are now two very intriguing new potential victims in the North a girl can add to her body count thanks to her new Valyrian steel dagger.



‘Game of Thrones’: An Overview of Arya Stark’s New Weapon

Entering season seven, virtually every Game of Thrones fan expected to see Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) return home to Winterfell. It was only a matter of when she would arrive back in the North, not if, no matter how hard the premiere episode worked to convince you otherwise.

What wasn’t expected was the return of another instrumental player not seen in Winterfell since the first season: the Valyrian dagger that almost killed Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) shortly after he was pushed from high above by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

For those who don’t remember the weapon, a brief history: Bran was nearly assassinated with this dagger while he was bed-ridden and comatose following his “accident.” The would-be killer brandished the blade in Bran’s bedroom, and would have pulled off the crime — not to mention the added homicide of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) — if not for Summer ripping the man’s throat out just in time to save the day. Much was made about the fact that the weapon was made from Valyrian steel, a material we know is all-too-precious in the world of Game of Thrones, and clearly came to the deceased criminal from someone with resources. During a trip to King’s Landing, Catelyn learned the weapon originally belonged to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan), but he lost it in a bet against Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), seemingly implicating the Imp in the assassination plot. Shortly thereafter, Catelyn found Tyrion by chance on the Kingsroad, made a citizen’s arrest, and ignited the violent events that have reverberated throughout Thrones ever since.

“That very dagger is what started the War for the Five Kings,” Littlefinger tells Bran in “The Spoils of War,” as he hands the weapon over to the young lord. “In a way, that dagger made you who you are today.”

Very quickly, Bran makes it clear that he doesn’t care too much about the dagger. His powers extend further than the reach of a single blade. But it’s a very useful instrument in the hands of Arya Stark, now that she’s returned to the North just in time for the White Walkers’ arrival. The young wolf’s future has been somewhat unclear since she returned to the Seven Kingdoms. Would she resume her quest for vengeance against the people remaining on her list? Would she instead rededicate herself to House Stark, as her final words at the House of Black and White indicated? For now, we know where she stands, and for now, she has one of the few weapons that can actually do damage against the Night King and his minions: Valyrian steel, one of the few White Walker weaknesses alongside dragonglass and, one hopes, dragon fire.

In short: Arya has a Valyrian weapon, which means Arya is going to kill at least one White Walker before all is said and done. It is known, and it is groovy.

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But will Arya’s new weapon find some other victims before or in addition to the Army of the Dead? We have already speculated that Arya might kill Melisandre (Carice van Houten) some day, given the Red Woman’s prophecy in season three that the two of them would meet again some day, combined with her recent assertion that she’s destined to die in Westeros, but is currently heading to Volantis for the time being. Perhaps it would be a crueler irony for Melisandre to experience some sort of fiery death, but the idea of her dying at the edge of a blade forged from Valyrian steel, long associated with fire and dragon magic, packs an ironic punch as well.

Another likely candidate on the board: Littlefinger. It was his dagger originally, by his own assertion, and there are some who speculate he was the one who sent the assassin to kill Bran in the first place. In the books, Tyrion comes to believe that Joffrey (Jack Gleason) was the one who put out the hit on Bran, having had access to the weapon. The show never made much out of this, however, and given that the show often streamlines events from the books — and given that we’re in the homestretch of the series, where time is even more precious than dragonglass — it’s not a stretch to imagine a future scene in which Littlefinger is implicated for the crime, especially in light of all the other atrocities he’s committed in the past. 

Then again, if the show decides to veer in the direction of the books, perhaps it will come to light that Joffrey was indeed responsible for the attempt on Bran Stark’s life — or, in another twist of fate, his mother Cersei (Lena Headey) could be the one who put those violent wheels in motion, finishing the job where her brother failed. In both scenarios, one can imagine Arya returning to King’s Landing after all, and attempting to settle the score with the same weapon that started this entire war. One way or another, then, the Valyrian dagger would return to House Lannister, arguably exactly where it belongs.