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Don’t Cry for Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger—He’s Already Found His Next Move

Littlefinger got a—spoiler!—rough surprise goodbye on Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones. But if it’s any consolation, the actor who plays him—Aidan Gillen—has already lined up his next gig. He’s set to play the famed Irish author James Joyce in James and Lucia.

The film will center on the Ulysses author and his daughter, Lucia, a professional dancer who was diagnosed as schizophrenic in the mid-1930s. (Lucia has yet to be cast in the film.) Viewers will watch the last years of Joyce’s life unfold as he writes Finnegans Wake while his daughter’s mental health deteriorates. Its writer-director, Robert Mullan, hopes to portray the heroic struggle that the nearly blind Joyce underwent in order to protect and support Lucia, whose own struggle was heroic in its own right.

In addition to James and Lucia, Gillen also has a role in the upcoming season of Peaky Blinders and will reprise his Maze Runnerfranchise role in the upcoming Maze Runner: The Death Cure as well. The actor has long jumped from one hit show to another, including Queer as Folk and The Wire,so needless to say, he was already prepared to take his next steps. Still, based on what he told Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson in July, we’re guessing he may have snagged one small souvenir from the set: “I definitely want the mockingbird pin,” he admitted. As routine as it is for an actor to switch jobs, we can hardly blame him.



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: Littlefinger’s Terrified Reaction to Bran, Explained

For seven seasons, he’s been rarely unruffled and always the smooth operator. But now, we’re finally starting to see some cracks in the long con game of Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Sansa’s persistent (and not very gentle) rebuffs all season have done nothing to stop the scheming player from lurking, smirking, and waiting to make his move. Unfortunately for Littlefinger’s strategy, there are also two new Stark players on the board—each of whom have reason and opportunity to take him out of the game once and for all. Littlefinger’s conversation with Bran was unsettling, but it might actually be Arya who has better reason to destroy him.

If you’re not a Littlefinger obsessive (or haven’t listened to the “Chaos Is A Ladder” theme on the Season 3 soundtrack), it’s possible that Bran Stark’s coded message to Baelish flew right over your head. So let’s quickly break it down. This line, “chaos is a ladder,” is a reference to a private conversation Littlefinger had with Varys back in Season 3. It basically sums up Baelish’s entire life philosophy: sew the seeds of mischief, violence, and misunderstanding, then use the confusion to climb up the social/power ladder.

But Bran getting a bead on Baelish’s mercenary ways isn’t the most dangerous thing to Littlefinger. Sansa knows exactly what kind of grasping opportunist he is, so this knowledge won’t come as a shock to her. Besides, Bran very clearly doesn’t always understand the fuller meaning of the things he sees or says. But Littlefinger’s reaction (played beautifully by Aidan Gillen) likely involved a few quick calculations as to what else Bran might know.

In that same “chaos is a ladder” conversation, Baelish also admitted a few damning things to Varys. Specifically, he ghoulishly admitted—even gloated—to giving the prostitute Ros over to Joffrey. We all know how that turned out. He also implied that he wouldn’t be stuck with Lyssa Arryn for long. Then again, Sansa knows Littlefinger killed her aunt.


Crucially, however, Sansa thinks Littlefinger killed her aunt for her. Which he kind of did. But in that “chaos” speech—when Littlefinger was essentially monologuing like a Bond villain—he also admitted to Varys that he had ruined the Spider’s rather benevolent plans to marry Sansa to Loras Tyrell and protect her from all the things that came next. (Face it: a sham marriage to a nice, rich, gay man like Loras would have been a lemon cake compared to what Sansa had to later endure.) In other words, Littlefinger tips his hand here that his crush on Catelyn’s little dopplegänger Sansa doesn’t mean he always has her best interests at heart.

Still, Bran doesn’t necessarily know what he’s saying here. (It’s fascinating that Baelish insists on calling him “Brandon,” which was the name of Ned’s brother and the man who nearly killed Littlefinger for the love of Catelyn Stark.) But Arya may pose an even deadlier threat. She’s clearly unhappy to have Littlefinger in Winterfell, a fact she doesn’t even attempt to disguise.

Remember: the last time Arya Stark saw Littlefinger wasn’t at King’s Landing. It was at Harrenhal in Season 2. While acting as cupbearer for Lord Tywin, Arya witnessed an exchange between the Lannister and Lord Baelish. First of all, Littlefinger tried to dress up his “chaos is a ladder” philosophy in a shiny new dress for Tywin, telling him “a moment of chaos affords opportunities.” Tywin, bless him, immediately smacked this down: “You say that as if you’re the first man alive to think it,” he sneers at Littlefinger. “Yes, crisis is an opportunity. What other brilliant insights have you brought me today?”


More pertinently, Arya overheard Tywin and Littlefinger plotting the downfall of her brother Robb Stark (and Stannis Baratheon). And Littlefinger knows Arya overheard him. According to Aidan Gillen, Baelish recognized the disguised Arya in that scene and decided, strategically, not to say anything to blow her cover.