Player of Thrones: Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger”
By Thoros on in Editorial.

Welcome once again to the Player of Thrones.

Player of Thrones posts will be utilized to highlight new characters from HBO’s Game of Thrones, and also return to some familiar faces.

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With that being said our fourth feature is focusing on a player that we are all familiar with. Some people love him, however most despise him. He is a heavy hitter when it comes to the Game, and just made a big play with acquiring Sansa. His name is Lord Petyr Baelish, or as some call him but never to his face, Littlefinger.

GOT Littlefinger betrays Ned

Let me tell you a story about the little boy Patter. Patter was the youngest of his lowborn family. He was skinny, lanky, and short. By now Patter was used to the daily routine. Wake up and go down to the rocky coast. Here he would swim all day, one day hoping he would be strong enough to swim  to the great castle. At the castle Patter felt like there was opportunity to rise higher than he had ever been. Patter kept on swimming and swimming but he could never make it. Before he could get to the castle he would get pulled back up stream, back to his dreary home. Day after day, week after week, month after month he kept trying only to get pulled back home.

Patter’s only friend was the Great Whisperer. The Great Whisperer would give Patter advice on how he could swim better to reach his destination. After every failed attempt Patter returned to the Great Whisperer. One day the Great Whisperer told Patter he had a secret that Patter had to keep to himself. This secret would get him not only to the great castle but eventually he could rule the kingdom. The young boy promised never to tell a living soul this secret. The Great Whisperer told Patter the Secret of the Lie.

He revealed to Patter that his whole life he had been swimming up the wrong stream to get to the castle. Patter was furious by the deceit of the Great Whisperer who had told him that that stream would get him to the castle if he kept trying. The Great Whisperer asked for forgiveness has he was only trying to help Patter. The power of the lie in fact kept Patter around so that the Great Whisperer had  a friend and someone to whisper to. He used the Secret of the Lie to help better his own position. Patter realized the power behind the lie and how he was so easily manipulated in staying there to be the Great Whisperer’s friend. He thanked the Great Whisperer for his lesson and asked for the true path to be revealed.  The Great Whisperer let Patter know he must lie to his dad in order to have passage to the great castle. 

Patter confronted his father. Patter told his father that he had seen a crime too horrible to speak of that he had to let the good lord of the castle know. Patter’s father who had fought in a great war with this lord sent a raven to the lord announcing his son’s confession. The following night patter was summoned to the great castle. Patter asked the Great Whisperer to show him the way for he knew not how to travel along the road. 

The Great Whisperer escorted Patter up the road towards the castle. Once Patter had made it The Great Whisperer was nowhere to be found. The lord of the castle took Patter in and listened to his confession. The lord determined that Patter had done a great service for him and that he should be awarded with a proper upbringing. He quickly became friends with the lord’s two daughters and son.

As the four children grew older Patter started feeling affectionate towards one of the daughters. The other daughter grew affectionate towards him. Patter made multiple attempts to woo the daughter of his choice. He cared so much for her that he dared not use the Secret of the Lie. She however loved him only as a brother, nothing more. The painful rejection and her betrothal to an older and more nobler man drove Patter jealous. He challenged the older man and lost. Saddened by this and the daughter never speaking to him again drove him to drink. The Great Whisperer found Patter buried in his sadness and drunken state. He convinced Patter that the only way he would be able to over come what had happened would be to lie. The other daughter then visited Patter as he grieved in his drunken state over his broken heart. He thought it was the daughter he loved and took her maidenhead. The other daughter grew infatuated with Patter. With fear of being removed from the castle he asked her to keep their relations a secret and to reveal them to no one. Patter became engrossed with this lie he now lived but it lived short for word got out. The lord asked Patter to leave for he had forsaken the lords trust. 

Patter was devastated for he would never see his love again. He fell deeper into darkness. His mind wandered and he gave into the darkness that shrouded him. The daughter whom he loved ended up losing her betrothed to the king of the realm’s treachery. Burned alive it was said but Patter did not care. Patter found a way back into the life of the daughter who loved him. Promoting a lie to her new husband Patter lied about his love for her. He leveraged her to become wealthy as a financial advisor for a small town. Once her husband became the closest advisor to the king he then rose to the greatest city of them all to become Master of Coin due to his success. His lying proved to be his biggest ally. The Great Whisperer helped him to become one of the most successful men in the kingdom and rise from the bottom to the close to the top. Close to the top, however, is not good enough for him. Patter wants to become the best, and rule the kingdom for himself. 

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This story is loosely based on the story of Petyr Baelish. Littlefinger got his name from when he was a child. He grew up on the smallest part of The Fingers, the islands north of the Vale. The fingers were a wet and rainy desolate land, hence the name Patter, that offered nothing but a close trade route to Braavos.

Before Baelish was born, his father fought with Lord Hoster Tully of Riverrun and became instant allies during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. The fingers were invaded by the mercenaries coming over from Braavos and Baelish’s father helped to fight off these warriors. When Petyr was born, his life was not that great. He was sent to Riverrun to become a ward of House Tully, and receive a better upbringing.

Lord Tully had three children Catelyn, Lysa, and Edmure. As Petyr and the children grew older, Petyr developed a strong affection for Catelyn. Who responded with the ultimate friend zone line “you are like a brother to me.” Ouch. He still held strong his feelings for her. Meanwhile Lysa felt strongly for Petyr. Petyr didn’t deny her but rather took her to bed one drunken regretful night. He even called her Catelyn. Dude…that’s messed up.

Petyr became jealous when Catelyn was betrothed to Brandon Stark, Lord Rickard Stark’s eldest son and heir to Winterfell. He challenged Brandon and got his ass whooped. In fact, Catelyn stepped in and kept Brandon from killing Petyr. Lysa cared for Petyr and Petyr took her to bed again. Catelyn told Petyr she would never speak to him and burned the only note that Petyr gave to her.

fc,220x200,grass_green.u1Lysa then became preggers which revealed Petyr as the father. This child was consummated outside of marriage which would have made it the Bastard of Riverrun. Lord Hoster wanted nothing to do with this and had Petyr sent away and had Lysa get rid of the baby.

When Brandon was murdered by King Aerys II, Baratheons and Starks rose up under the guidance of Jon Arryn of the Vale to end the madness of King Aerys II. Some pacts needed to be made to solidify armies and younger brother to Brandon stark, now made Lord Eddard Stark (due to his dad and older brother being killed by Aerys), married Catelyn Tully and Jon Arryn married Lysa Tully.

Petyr then continued his relations with Lysa and manipulated her in convincing Jon Arryn to make him customs control at Gulltown, major port city to the Vale. Petyr became very successful and rich while doing this.

Petyr Baelish is Played by Aiden Gillen

Petyr Baelish is Played by Aiden Gillen

He was so successful in fact that when Robert Baratheon became King of the Realm, Jon Arryn, now acting Hand of the King, asked for Petyr to become the Master of Coin for Kings Landing. He made a lot of friends in Kings Landing and became the biggest Pimp as well, literally. Through this new title of Master of Coin and his purchase of multiple brothels in Kings Landing he was able to buy his way into the allegiance of many important players in the game including the Lannisters.

When Ned shows up to become Hand of the King for Robert after Jon Arryn’s sudden death, Littlefinger does his best to advise Ned that he is there to help and that no one should be trusted.They both sit on the Small Council together.

While Ned is in Kings Landing, an assassination attempt is committed to kill Bran Stark, who knows about Jaime and Cersei’s incest. Catelyn then rides to Kings Landing only to be stopped immediately by guards and escorted to Baelish. She’s not happy especially being in a brothel with him. She asks him if he knows who the dagger belongs to. He lies and tells her that it belonged to Tyrion, when in fact it was his dagger that was lost and given to the assassin. He convinces both Catlyn and Ned to not make any moves against the Lannisters until they can prove it is theirs.

Catelyn doesn’t listen and captures Tyrion. Petyr’s lie started the events that lead to the War of the Five Kings.

When Robert dies in a boar accident Littlefinger tries to persuade Ned, that has just found out Joffrey is not the rightful king because he is the product of twincest, to let Joffrey succeed Robert to avoid war. Ned refuses and demands Petyr help him with providing him the city watch to kick out the Lannisters. Petyr agrees.

When Robert dies Ned is summoned to the court. He meets Baelish and the Gold Cloaks outside of the Throne Room confident he has them on his side. When he denounces Joffrey’s claim to the throne he is pronounced a traitor by the Lannisters. Ned gives Baelish the nod to take Joffrey by force but is then turned on by the Gold Cloaks. Baelish has turned his back on Ned to try to avoid war…

Ned is captured, Robb marches south, Ned is killed, Robb is killed and Petyr is awarded by Tywin who becomes acting hand to Joffrey. He is awarded the Lordship of Harrenhal and Lysa Arryn’s hand in marriage. He then departs the city to wed his new wife, but before leaving, hatches a plan with Lady Oleanna and Ser Dantos to kill Joffrey and provide Sansa. He does it in such a way it looks as if Tyrion kills Joffrey and is the scapegoat for Joffrey’s assassination. He is sailing with Sansa to the Vale to wed Lysa and return Sansa to her aunt.

Sansa and Littlefinger

By far one of the most careful and dangerous players of thrones is Petyr Baelish. He has risen from low birth to high nobility. He does this with his use of the lie and lack of loyalty. As soon as you become insignificant to him, you are disposable to him. He keeps the perception of himself clean because he never states his intentions or motifs.

He fell in love in a hopeless place with a woman that didn’t love him back. He used that rejection to motivate himself to become one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, and he won’t stop until he gets there.

What do you think of Petyr Baelish? Do you think he contends for the Throne? Please hide your secret spoilers with our “Vale of Secrets” <—See what I did there???

Petyr Baelish is played by Aiden Gillen who has a very impressive resume…

 

Until next time my friends…

 

Done in the light of the Lord


53 Comments

  1. Shaun Danger
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Hodor!

  2. Patchy Face
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    He said he wanted “everything” and we should take that literally.

  3. drew
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I hate how Aiden has changed his accent more and more over the seasons. He nailed it in the first season, but since then the accent change has been very very jarring for me personally

  4. jentario
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    drew,

    Are you British? Because I personally don’t see a problem with his accent this season so far (though he had his batman moments in season 3). I would guess that if you’re British you would catch on to the accents better.

  5. Chris
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    I’m not British, but I can tell that there’s a huge change between previous seasons and his two scenes this season. I didnt’t notice much difference between previous seasons (aside from the gravelly moments in S3, which I didn’t mind), but he’s doing something very different so far this season. I don’t know why – maybe he puts on an act that includes changing how he speaks when he’s in the capital? Regardless, I don’t like it either. I’d have bought it if this had always been his accent, but now it just seems like it doesn’t fit.

  6. Chris
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Yeah his accent has changed this season, freaked me out.

  7. Tatters
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Aidans accent is genius, it reminds us where he comes from, more irish over the time, more Vaelish, Littlefinger is a wordsmith as well as liar, the ultimate mummer. I expect men of the Vale to sound irish too.

  8. Clark Frye
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    He fell in love in a hooooopeeleesssss plaaaaaaaccceeee…thanks, Rihanna!

    I do think the accent might be intentional…he’s letting his guard down around Sansa with what he’s telling her about his plans, and he’s letting his feigned accent go as well.

  9. Skipjack
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Tatters,

    Actually there was some commentary in the first season that by casting accident the people of the Vale were Welsh. I believe Aiden Gillen added traces of Welsh to his accent after that and that is when it started to throw people. He definitely varies his accent depending on if Baelish is angry or relaxed or putting on a show.

    I may be reading too much into the accent, but I think he’s quite deliberate and I enjoy the accent choices. I just don’t like that he’s a close talker and whisper shouter. But that is also deliberately creepy I would guess.

  10. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I don’t care which accent he uses, just pull off ‘only cat’ please

  11. Tatters
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Skipjack,

    I dont think his accent will stop changing. Its what he do.

  12. SillyMammo
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Skipjack:
    Tatters,

    Actually there was some commentary in the first season that by casting accident the people of the Vale were Welsh.I believe Aiden Gillen added traces of Welsh to his accent after that and that is when it started to throw people.He definitely varies his accent depending on if Baelish is angry or relaxed or putting on a show.

    I may be reading too much into the accent, but I think he’s quite deliberate and I enjoy the accent choices.I just don’t like that he’s a close talker and whisper shouter.But that is also deliberately creepy I would guess.

    I kind of think its intentional too. Littlefinger never belonged to any one place. So his accent shifts to what ever the situation is.

  13. Andy Smith
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I love littlefinger , he’s like a medieval version of a bond villain , they should give him a monocle , a top hat and a black cape and make him twirl his mustache while he laughs in a maniacal way .

  14. Daniellica
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    He does it in such a way it looks as if Tyrion kills Joffrey and is the scapegoat for Joffrey’s assassination.

    Really? That was his intent? So he somehow knew Joffrey would ask Tyrion to be his cupbearer? And that Joffrey would point in Tyrion’s direction as he lay dying? And that Tyrion would pick up the goblet and spill what little wine remained at the same moment? Damn! Littlefinger should be Bran’s Greenseer adviser! Jojen’s got nothin’ on him!

    Obviously Cercei would suspect Tyrion no matter what happened, but the above chain of events is what provided the material “evidence” for his immediate arrest and what made him look guilty to attendants of the feast.

    Petyr’s accent has always sounded, to me, like someone trying to cover up his real accent, as someone who is “lowborn” might try to speak more “nobly.” The way he speaks also makes every single word sound exceedingly deliberate, which, in Petry’s case, is likely true.

    Petyr is a survivor. A little boy with no prospects suddenly found himself with much better prospects, then set his prospects too high and was brought very low again. This settled into a cool, detached, yet seething rage, and his inner sociopath has allowed him to set multiple plans in motion to exact little shards of retribution.

    But I see him mainly as a trickster, shapeshifter, not just for the way he upsets the balance of so many lives and events, but due to the impish glee he receives from watching those around him fall and fumble, live or die. Attaining Sansa is a way for him to finally gain control over Cat even after she has died. Cat, that final, fatal weakness from his past, the beginning of everything for him, the one wound none of his scheming could cover up. But did he truly love her, or was it her rejection that made her something he MUST acquire? I think it is the latter, as I don’t think Petyr has ever truly loved anyone.

    People, kings, war, money–they’re all just objects for him to manipulate, amusing diversions to protect him from the absolute emptiness of his insides. He is a true collector in that it is the collection in itself that is the goal, not the individual pieces, and to attain the ultimate prize, to finish the collection, is the end of everything. He is so dangerous not because we don’t know what he wants, but because all he wants is to keep the game going, with ever-increasing stakes. Because his motive is not the result of an action, but the action itself.

    So much fun :D

  15. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Season 1 Littlefinger >>>> Season 3 Littlefinger > Season 4 Littlefinger >>>> Season 2 Littlefinger

    Is how I see it so far. I loved Aiden’s portrayal of Littlefinger in Season 1. His accent wasn’t over the top and it had a lighter more playful quality to it that was true to his character in the books.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKTwiOHe9FE
    Listen to that sing songy last line.

    Daniellica,

    It’s not been revealed in the show yet (and I really hope they do reveal it) but Littlefinger was the one who encouraged Joffrey to stage that little dwarf show. He probably payed for it. So he did go some way towards setting up Tyrion.

  16. rudy
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    seriously who cares about the his accent it’s just a tv show.. I’m way more intrigued with the money grubbing, schemers, and arse-licking the show has to offer

  17. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica,

    He is so dangerous not because we don’t know what he wants, but because all he wants is to keep the game going, with ever-increasing stakes. Because his motive is not the result of an action, but the action itself.

    I think that’s exactly what Varys was referring to when he said Baelish is the most dangerous person in Westeros. He doesn’t care about the realm, anyone or anything except “the game”. And the game is unhealthy for the realm and everyone in it.

  18. Rygar
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Well I didn’t vote for him…

  19. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    Yeah, I got the impression that LF was always whispering into Joffrey’s ear encouragement for all of his worst impulses including torturing Tyrion. As to why? Well, Varys did say that if anyone could save the kingdom and rule it fairly, it might be Tyrion. And LF doesn’t want the kingdom ruled fairly, justly or well. He wants controlled chaos so he can be amused and profit from it.

  20. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Littlefinger is my favorite character. Daenerys lovers can eat it.

    Too bad I don’t care for his portrayal in the show. Look at me, I’m so EEEEEEVIL. Isn’t it great how EEEEEEEVIL I am?

  21. Govnor
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    drew:
    I hate how Aiden has changed his accent more and more over the seasons. He nailed it in the first season, but since then the accent change has been very very jarring for me personally

    I’m with you. I’m a Brit living in the States and he’s basically gone full Irish the last few episodes. Impossible not to notice for me.

  22. Thoros
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica: Petyr’s accent has always sounded, to me, like someone trying to cover up his real accent, as someone who is “lowborn” might try to speak more “nobly.” The way he speaks also makes every single word sound exceedingly deliberate, which, in Petry’s case, is likely true.

    THANK YOU! I believe this too. Great point. He’s a player for sure, and plays everyone.

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: He is so dangerous not because we don’t know what he wants, but because all he wants is to keep the game going, with ever-increasing stakes. Because his motive is not the result of an action, but the action itself.
    I think that’s exactly what Varys was referring to when he said Baelish is the most dangerous person in Westeros. He doesn’t care about the realm, anyone or anything except “the game”. And the game is unhealthy for the realm and everyone in it.

    Indeed. Well said. Action not result.

  23. queenofthorns
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Petyr Baelish is not as smart as he thinks he is. Or, rather, his contempt for people “lesser” than himself leads him to overconfidence to the point of doing stupid things.

    For example, he all but tells Sansa extremely incrimating evidence because he assumes he can control her. I’m pretty sure he’ll be wrong about that some day. Most likely this stems from his luck with his other relatives.

    In conspiring with the Queen of Thorns he took a big risk for basically no reason. If she was determined to kill him she’d probably have done it anyway. Also, it was the most convoluted and likely to fail way to kill someone ever. Cmon. Necklace/hairnet? What if she doesn’t wear it? What if QoT never has an opportunity? What if someone saw her, she’s right there in front of 100 people? What if Dontos screws up at either stage in which he’s involved (he’s really incompetent)? I could go on.

    Some people look at LF’s plans and say “ahh he’s SO SMART no one can guess his moves!” I look at LF plans and say “no reasonable person would have expected that to work, so it’s a bad plan”

  24. Darkstar
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    posts are not working

  25. Leo
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    As a S1 Unsullied, I was far more surprised to see Littlefinger betray Sean Bean than Sean Bean getting his head cut off. Maybe the signs were there.. but, I didn’t know then to pay 110% attention to every detail of the show. The massive info dump in the first few episodes was really boring and almost made me never get into the show.

  26. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Something occurred to me while reading this post….could Sweet Robin (sp?), the bizarre twisted and sickly boy who is still at Lysa’s breast, actually be LF’s son and NOT Jon Arryn’s?

  27. zambi76
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Something occurred to me while reading this post….could Sweet Robin (sp?), the bizarre twisted and sickly boy who is still at Lysa’s breast, actually be LF’s son and NOT Jon Arryn’s?

    This is somewhat iffy but IIRC booktimeline wise this doesn’t seem to work quite out as Sweetrobin’s birth falls before the time Littlefinger is Master of Coin at court and he and Lysa could resume to have sex with each other.

  28. Jac Bergenson
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: d for it. So he did go some way towards setting up Tyrion.
      QUOTE  

    It’s been, at a bare minimum, implied that the kid is not Jon Arryn’s. Arryn’s inability to father a child for so long; Throw in that we know Lysa and Littlefinger slept together, that he’s gotten her pregnant before, and the small stature of both… it’s possible.

  29. queenofthorns
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Jac Bergenson

    Eep spoiler warning that up!

    ETA: BY THE WAY what is up with every time I comment, the check box to get spammed keeps getting re-checked? That’s some shit right there. Please knock off the cheap tricks to spam us new mods!

  30. Eddward
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of the dagger, is the TV show ever going to reveal who was actually responsible for providing the dagger to the assassin who was sent to kill Bran? If I recall correctly, the TV show has now passed the point in the books where Tyrion figures out the truth.

  31. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    zambi76,
    Well, just because LF wasn’t Master of Coin doesn’t mean he wasn’t in KL and able to have sex with Lysa. Also, we know he was head of customs at Gulltown in the Vale for a while–since we don’t know the exact timeline of that, maybe he and Lysa were together in the Vale and that’s when Sweetrobin was conceived. In any case, there’s plenty of evidence that LF was following Lysa around the kingdom (after all he was using her as a step ladder anyway). And one final thing that makes me think Sweetrobin is LF’s son….Why didn’t LF just kill him along with Lysa…make it look like some tragic accident or something? Or have the kid die from one of his “seizures”? It doesn’t make sense for LF to keep the kid around IMHO.

  32. Ashara D
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ,

    It is certainly heavily implied thatSR is Petyr’s. He says that he was weak and sickly as a boy, and Lysa implies that their “thing” has been going on for a looooong time, during the whole time Jon Arryn was serving Robert and even before. I treat this theory as quasi-canon just like R+L=J.

    As for Aiden’s accent, I also look at it as his accent changes according to the act he’s putting on, to the point that he doesn’t HAVE a regular accent. I’m not British, but, living in Chicago, I’ve heard my fair share of Irish (and am, in fact, Irish-American). His accent doesn’t regularly sound overly Irish to me, so I’m wondering if there may be an unconscious cultural bias that is causing the belly-aching about his accent. Westeros IS a fictional place after all. Just a thought…

  33. Daniellica
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: Something occurred to me while reading this post….could Sweet Robin (sp?), the bizarre twisted and sickly boy who is still at Lysa’s breast, actually be LF’s son and NOT Jon Arryn’s?

    I wouldn’t think so, in part because of the sheer disdain with which Petyr treats him, and also Lysa’s obsession with “the seed is strong.” But what do I know? :D

    EDIT: also because of the timing, as mentioned by someone above

  34. Daniellica
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: Why didn’t LF just kill him along with Lysa…make it look like some tragic accident or something? Or have the kid die from one of his “seizures”? It doesn’t make sense for LF to keep the kid around IMHO.

    I think this is fairly straight forward– Petyr needs lil Robert…for now. He’s just married Lysa, just killed Lysa, and if Robert dies too, there would be no stopping the Lords of the Vale from riding him the hell out of there, dead or alive. Sweet Robin is Petyr’s only claim to the Vale at the moment. His alliances aren’t strong enough, his enemies not weak enough, too many of his plans are still up in the air. As long as he has custody of the rightful Lord of the Vale, he can rule it as his regent…until the time comes that LF has cemented himself in such a way as to render SW unnecessary, or until he has an out he finds preferable to whatever his current situation might be.

    If the time ever comes, I’ve no doubt Petyr would kill Robert Arryn without a second thought, whether he is his son or no.

  35. Ashara D
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica:
    If the time ever comes, I’ve no doubt Petyr would kill Robert Arryn without a second thought, whether he is his son or no.

    Undoubtedly.

  36. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care about how his accent fluctuates. I love it. To me, he, Pycelle and Varys all are putting on a show, one way or another. Conleth Hill drops his voice several registers when he’s making a point or speaking more seriously and truthfully, like when he admonishes Ned Stark to do the right thing or tells Baelish, “What I did, I did for the realm.”

    Pycelle has his stuttering, doddering old man act.

    Baelish modulates his voice in odd ways.

    They’re all putting on a show, as most members of the council would seem to need to do.

  37. Roberta
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    I agree. Had I planned Joffery’s death it would have come in the pie. Like wedding cakes today, the Bride and Groom are the first to taste it, no one else. A sure way to take Jofferey out and only Jofferey.

  38. Monica
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Littlefinger betrays everybody.

    It’s implied in the novels that he may have implicated Ned Starks’ father and brother to the mad king, and got them burned alive. It was his dagger that Bran’s attacker used, while he blamed Tyrion. It was Littlefinger that put the knife to Ned Starks’ throat in the Red Keep. It was Littlefinger’s plan to kill Jon Arryn, and Lysa carried it out! Now, he’s behind Joffrey’s murder.

    I’m reminded of the sexposition scene in season 1, if anyone paid attention to what he was saying. He said, “I don’t fight them, I f*** them, that’s my way.”

  39. Grey Ghost
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    King of the Ashes!

    I’ve been watching Season 1 this week and he bloody nailed it. The scene with Sansa at the joust and his little speech at the brothel are just, so, good.

    Mysterious, shady, and always planning ahead. Despite my dislike of him (for betraying Ned Stark), I’ve always felt kinda sorry for the guy, because I TOO have a massive crush on Catelyn. </3 He couldn't get what he ACTUALLY wanted. So he's going for everything else instead.

    As a fan of The Wire I was really happy to see Aiden in the role and think he's done a fantastic job so far. Not sure what's happening in season 4 tho he REALLY needs to tone it down a bit.

  40. Troublesome Birdsong
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ,

    This theory has been discussed before without a clear conclusion. I like to think that it’s correct, because of what that means for the storyline, but there is some evidence against it. Two important book quotes from Lysa to Littlefinger -

    “I want us to make another child, a brother for Robert or a sweet little daughter”

    “I gave you my maiden’s gift. I would have given you a son too, but they murdered him with moon tea”

    The first quote is ambiguous. At first it seems to confirm, but as in the second quote Lysa could be talking about the abortion her father forced on her. The wording of the second quote arguably implies that she hasn’t been able to give him a living son since, otherwise why say it like that. Which implies Robin isn’t his.

  41. King Stannis
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    The people complaining about Petyr’s accent have not been paying close attention on who he is and how not only his voice changes but his deamenor around some people. Deceiving is what he does best!

  42. Max
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one who cares less about his accent than his ability to actually portray the character believably? In my opinion he’s the worst actor on the show. So far in the series, almost all of his lines have lacked the subtlety that the majority of the rest of the cast has been able to pull off.

  43. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Max,

    No. I said pretty much the same thing above.
    Monica,

    And that is why he’s my favorite. It could be luck, but I doubt anyone enjoys that kind of success causing chaos– while simultaneously avoiding attention themselves AND profiting– purely based on luck. Meanwhile certain other favorites just stumble into success after success and then mess it all up in Meereen. Not naming any names, though.

  44. Tatters
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Max,

    I dont see how littlefinger is “subtle” with his talk. That is the one thing Littlefinger isnt, he hides his emotions at every time.
    Thats the deal with accents, he is totally shameless, playing other people.
    If Littlefinger where any kind of understandable in the show, he has failed- he is a mask. Petyr Baelish is dead inside.

  45. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Tatters,

    The issue is that, for example, I doubt Littlefinger in the books would walk up to Cersei and imply that he knows about her and Jaime. The “power is power” thing was an interesting scene, but pretty dumb of him and lacked the tact that I believe book!Petyr would possess. He’s just so clearly a piece of slime in the show that it’s odd that Varys is the only one who’s on to him.

  46. Gatorfisch
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Not a spoiler, as we don’t know what will be written, but I have a feeling that Littlefinger will either be offed by Sansa or bbq’d by a dragon, near the very end of the story. Of course, by the way Martin writes, he’ll simply fall off a cliff, accidentally…or just disappear North of the Wall, ala Benjen.

  47. chris
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure that, in all the books so far, Littlefinger is the only character who ever even uses the term “game of thrones.”

  48. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    chris,

    “I have made more mistakes than you can possibly imagine,” Ned said, “but that was not one of them.”

    “Oh, but it was, my lord,” Cersei insisted. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

  49. idler
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I don’t get it why Baelish runs such unnecessary risks. He should have left King’s Landing the day after “Blackwater”. Imagine Cersei telling Tywin that Arya Stark is missing and Baelish had to find her. Tywin might very well figure out who the highborn Northern girl was that served as his cupbearer and splashed some wine over Baelish. Littlefinger might miss the lordship of Harrenhal and get a spike for his head…

  50. haltwhogoesthere
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    idler,

    The simple answer is that he probably doesn’t view them as risks.

  51. Reinier Dakay
    Posted May 12, 2014 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Ned almost breaking his neck should explain his hoarse voice.

  52. Geoffrey Harris
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    You really are very good. I am going to repost this on fb. What is your career?
    Daniellica,

    Daniellica,

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