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Aidan Gillen on Littlefinger misjudging Ramsay Bolton and atoning for his actions

We don’t normally think of Peryr “Littlefinger” Baelish apologizing for much of anything, but if actor Aidan Gillen can be believed, he feels pretty rotten about leaving Sansa Stark in such a horrible situation last year. “For me, this time out, there’s a level of atonement in relation to Sansa and my misjudgment of Ramsay Bolton,” he told Entertainment Weekly, which interviewed him on the set of Season 6.

A lot of what I’m up to is atonement and really trying to align myself the right people – though, I guess, I’m always doing that! I left Sansa married to a psychopath. It’s probably the one time we’ve seen Littlefinger slip up. He really didn’t know about him. He should have.

Sansa and LIttlefinger (Official HBO)

There were fans last season who didn’t buy that Littlefinger wouldn’t know about Ramsay’s reputation, but it happened. Personally, I can see why Littlefinger wouldn’t be schooled on Ramsay. Above all, Littlefinger wants to rise in the world, so he probably wouldn’t both learning about a bastard from the North. He ended up paying a price for his oversight, though.

In a way, this shows a new side of him, a faltering, and I do want to make amends. I like Sansa, you know? So I’m trying to find something humane and gentle and maybe even warm in the midst of my treachery and calculation – which is pathological. That stuff is so much part of Littlefinger I barely notice it. I’m always talking to people about his “paternal warmth” and they’re like, “What are you talking about?” But you can only do what’s on the page.

We don’t know what exactly Littlefinger will be up to this season, but after sitting the first three episodes out, he’ll be back in “Book of the Stranger,” as seen in the trailer.

It sounds as though Littlefinger will try to talk the lords of the Vale into heading to the North, which is what he told Cersei he wanted to do back in Season 5. Sansa has thrown a wrench into his plans, though. Littlefinger assumed that she would be at Winterfell when he arrives, but things have gone awry.

Littlefinger is good at adapting to new situations, and odds are he’ll find some way to come out ahead. Gillen is hoping that not all of his actions are self-interested, though. “Ultimately, it always seems to be about him,” Gillen said. “He’s good at fooling people. If he had to, he’d fool himself too. I’d love to think his actions were not purely self serving.”

Head to Entertainment Weekly to read the full interview. Gillen also names his favorite scenes from past seasons (the scene where Sansa builds a snow castle in Season 4, the ladder speech in Season 3, talking to Ros in Season 2, telling Ned Stark that he was wise to mistrust him in Season 1.)


  • Littlefinger never struck me as the type to leave t’s uncrossed and i’s undotted. And (is it convention?), Hodor.

    • Agreed. I had been in the mindset all off-season the way Ramsay treated Sansa was part of his plans. So now I’m a bit perplexed! How could he have not heard about Ramsay since that is what he is best at… Knowing things before others do?

  • I don’t buy it. LF and Varys have always been portrayed like men who have their fingers in every pie and their ears to every door. They trade on information. And let’s not pretend that Ramsey was ever secretive about his actions. People talk and word would have spread. So the notion of LF supposedly being ignorant to The Bolton’s sadism and depraved behaviour doesn’t hold water with me.

  • Atoning? Littlefinger is a complete sociopath who’s been throwing a lifelong tantrum because Catelyn never loved him. I can’t imagine him surviving the series or being sorry for his actions.

    • Same here. I don’t buy it. He may loved Cat once, but after that duel, he no longer love her or anyone else but himself. I understood him, what drove him to do what he did.

      But I would never feel sorry for him.

      • The moment he got over Cat was in Renly’s camp back in season 2 right before he showed her Ned’s bones. U could see it in his face if U watch Breaking Bad-style.

  • I have always felt that lf’s intentions long term were to marry Sansa or at least ingratiate himself into what is left of the of the stark household to enable him to have either overt or covert control of the north…but having said that i have not yet read ADWD so perhaps I’m misguided.

  • Contrary to the public opinion, I always liked LF – he’s one of my favourite characters in the show.

    And I’m convinced that in the end he is almost ever promoting the good. He’s got only two loyalties in his life – his own power / wealth, and the well-being of Catelyn (and after that, Sansa) Stark. And because of this sentimental love of his, he will be always ending up on the right side…

    I’m pretty sure if there was a situation where he would have to choose between Sansa’s life and his position of power, he’d always choose Sansa.

    • The guy who provides little children to pedophiles for them to abuse… yeah, no.

      Littlefinger got a VERY SPECIAL place at the deepest pit of the seventh hell already booked in his name.

  • How did LF find out about Sansa escaping? Did Ramsay send him a raven? I also do not buy that LF would have overlooked such a huge part of his plan. It makes zero sense based on what we know about LF and his motivations. Information is.power after all as he himself said.

    • Ramsay doesn’t have to send him a letter for him to know about Sansa. The entire North, at this point, is probably aware that she’s escaped, and it’s been made clear that LF has well-placed sources in pretty much every part of Westeros. Not hard to imagine his own “little birds” gave him a heads up.

  • I like LF, and I enjoy his impact on the story. One thing about LF is that he makes GOT predictable in a way – he’s always on the winning side (until he isn’t). I’ll take any LF screen time that I can get. Don’t let em get you down Green Chili