Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, neither EJ or David have read the books, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.
This edition deals with Lord Bealish, his man Olyvar and his ward Robin Arryn
Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger”
They call him Littlefinger, and he is the former master of Coin.
He did want the hand of Carelyn Tully, but lost out to Brandon (brother of Ned) Stark for it, and gained a scar from his chin to his belly for it. He pretended to be ok with it, and jumped into running the best Whorehouse in Westeros. He does the first big backstab of the series, betraying Ned Stark to the Lannisters and getting his head cut off. Baelish has a spy network in King’s Landing second to none, and uses it to know everything, but isn’t above killing his employees that he can’t trust. Littlefinger gained Harrenhall for convincing Catelyn Stark to release Jamie Lannister during the War of the Five Kings, and brought House Tyrell into the Lannister side as well. Littlefinger conspired with Olenna Tyrell to kill King Joffery and used his mission to the Eyrie to skip town to allow things to cool down just in case it went wrong. He was able to spirit Sansa away with him to keep her safe, arriving at the Eyrie, he married Lysa Arryn to become Lord Paramount of the Vale, and then threw Lysa out the Moon Door when she caught him with Sansa, and in a jealous rage Lysa attacked Sansa. Heading north, Peter arranges a marriage between Ramsey Bolton (former Ramsey Snow) and Sansa, to cement the Boltons as Lords of Winterfell, home of the Starks and stongest Castle in the North. Returning to Kings Landing, he saves his skin with Cersei by giving her Olyvar to use to get the Tyrell children thrown in jail for Loras’ homosexuality, and a promise to head back north and bring Sansa’s head back to Cersei, but Littlefinger also gives Olenna Tyrell information about Cersei and Lancel Lannister, and that gets Cersei thrown in jail as well.
Earl: I believe that there are three characters in this story that will survive the Game of Thrones no matter what. Whether victorious or on the losing side, they will survive because of their cunning and guile. Tyrion and Varys are two of them but the third is Lord Petyr Baelish. Littlefinger is a prick (see what I did there) but he has a way of gliding below the radar from side to side. While I’m still not sure what was the purpose of aligning Sansa with Ramsay, I’m sure Baelish has concocted some sort of way to bring down Cersei and the Lannisters from the inside. He has to have a plan, right?
David: I love Littlefinger.
I really do. Lets keep in mind he’s got 3 major castles, one of them happens to be one of the hardest ones to take in the seven kingdoms, one of the largest in Harrenhall, and has control of the twins- the Bridge that Robb Stark died at trying to get across. Add in his alliance with the Boltons and taking the North, Baelish almost controls more territory than the King does. He’s playing the game, and if he can keep his head, he might just win the damn thing. His main weakness is he has no military experience, so if he has to take his soldiers to the field of battle, not sure he’s going to do anything but hope he picked the right guy. A minor point, if the High Sparrow states who GAVE him all the information, he’s screwed, but the Queen of Thorns isn’t going to give up anything, and Cersei would die before giving credit to anyone. One final point, if Cersei was as smart as she thinks she was- she’d be Littlefinger.
He runs Baelish’s brothel for him, and is a lover of both Loras Tyrell and Oberyn Martell. He reports back to Baelish anything he finds out and seems to be loyal to him. When the High Sparrow comes to town, he’s arrest for being a deviant, but turns on Loras as his lover, giving out an identifying mark on Loras in exchange for not being punished by the Seven. This also puts Queen Margaery in jail as well for lying to cover for her brother.
Earl: Maybe we will see him again. Maybe we won’t. His usefulness is just like of one of those little birds that Varys likes to drone on about. He’s a minor character, so minor that I practically forgot about him, but I’d imagine he will reappear somewhere during the season.
David: Minor character, but I felt we needed to include him because he is the primary reason the Tyrell kids are in jail. I would expect with Littlefinger back in the capital, Olyvar is a valuable piece of property for someone.
House Arryn is in charge of the Vale, one of the hardest places to reach in the Seven Kingdoms. Jon Arryn was the original Hand of Robert Baratheon, until he was killed. Since then, the Vale has been ran by his wife until his only son Robin came of age. With the death of her, Robin now rules alone under the care of Yohn Royce, who we have seen very little of, but he was put in charge of Robin by Littlefinger.
All this was kicked off by Jon Arryn, Robin Arryn’s father and Hand of the King, being killed after finding out the Lannister secret. Robin’s mother was dropped out the Moon Door by Littlefinger. When we first met Robin he was still being breastfed by his mother. Robin is the Lord of the Eyrie and Defender of the Vale- one of the few places untouched by War and one of the best defensive spots in Westeros. Robin is a bit of a weak character and has been left in the care of Yohn Royce to try and raise into being a man.
David: Robin is a bit of an odd character, and you kind of wonder if he’s going to grow up in a hurry and be a man that is going to take revenge on Littlefinger for the murder of his parents, or not really matter anymore.
Earl: Young Robin has grown, but I wonder how much we will see of him or the Vale for that matter. With moving Sansa and Littlefinger out of the Vale, do we really have to return there? Yes, Littlefinger is Lord Protector of the Vale, so I guess he has to return but I’m unsure how much of a role the House of Arryn will have going further.
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