Video: Bran blows Littlefinger’s mind

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Bran Stark hasn’t been quite the same since returning to Winterfell. Strange and distant, his reunion with Sansa wasn’t quite the cathartic moment fans were expecting. As the new Three-Eyed Raven, he’s preoccupied with the big picture, and doesn’t care as much for the minutia of daily life, or the bonds of family.

That was underlined in tonight’s episode, where Meera Reed — Bran’s constant companion for the last several seasons — attempted an emotional goodbye but was met with a wall of disinterested courtesy. “You died in that cave,” she said. Ouch.

But being an all-seeing, all-knowing entity has its advantages. One of them: freaking the hell out of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. When Littlefinger tried to curry favor with Bran by giving him the Valyrian steel dagger an assassin tried to kill him with all the way back in season 1, Bran quoted one of Littlefinger’s signature lines back to him, reminding all and sundry that he’s a strange, powerful force to be reckoned with.

Littlefinger has made a career out of outthinking and out-maneuvering his opponents, but how to you out-maneuver a guy who knows and sees everything? We’ll be curious to see where this relationship goes in future episodes.

Next: Reading Between the Lines: How the dialogue in season 7 could foreshadow the show’s ending

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