All this wild, unfounded conjecture – it’s what I life for, it’s what the internet lives for. Because while nobody’s doubting that Game Of Thrones is a wonderful, awe-inspiring show, it’s the second-guessing and theorising between episodes that ultimately makes this six week stretch the best of the year.
Our office is in meltdown!
Yesterday we brought you the ground-breaking and absolutely flawless theory (I guess it’s not a theory if it’s 100% true) that the Night King is in fact a Targaryen, only the third living one along with Jon and Daenerys.
But a theory concerning Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish may just trump that one in terms of how unbelievable it is.
If you remember correctly, that conniving, cunning, master-manipulator met his gruesome death at the end of season seven.
Bran revealed to him that thanks to his ability to see into the past, he had seen Littlefinger’s betrayal of their father, Ned Stark, which enabled Arya to then execute him.
It was a brilliant moment we’d been waiting seven seasons for, and in my opinion it’s up there with Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton as the most satisfying death in GoT history.
But what if he isn’t dead? What if the man Arya killed wasn’t Baelish at all? That’d be crazy, right?
Bear with me…
In a theory originating on Neo’s YouTube channel, the suggestion goes that Baelish is one of the faceless men and that he faked his own death only to re-emerge late in the game to possibly take the Iron Throne.
In episode four of season seven, Baelish speaks to a woman from the view of Arya, as he hands her what could be an iron coin, the currency of the faceless men in Braavos.
She then says to him “your time is up.”
If she then traded places with Littlefinger, the real Lord Baelish is still alive and well, while this mysterious woman is the one whose throat was actually slit by Arya.
But why did he buy swap faces with this woman? Because he knew he was in grave danger, especially when Bran repeated his famous ‘chaos is a ladder’ phrase back to him. Preempting his death, he decided to take action and save himself.
Therefore by faking his death, Baelish ensured Bran would not look into his next moves and motives.
If you’re still not convinced, Pure Wow wrote the following when explaining the theory further:
“The evidence: Lord Petyr Baelish, aka “Littlefinger,” says his great-grandfather was originally from Braavos, aka the home of the Faceless Men and where Arya goes to be trained by Jaqen H’ghar to be the assassin she now is, aka “no one.” Perhaps Littlefinger is a descendant of the Faceless Men himself, or perhaps he has enough connections with the Faceless Men to pay one off to take his place and “die” at Winterfell at the hands of the Stark siblings, while the real Littlefinger is off in hiding?
Watch the video below explaining the theory in greater detail, but considering Baelish has literally been “no-one” throughout the series – never forming an allegiance with any, one house – and the fact his sigil is a mockingbird, which is known to mimic others, it makes a lot of sense.
It’s pretty out there but as far as fan theories go this is one of the few that has legs to it. There’s definitely reason to believe it could happen in the next few episodes, although I still think it’s unlikely.
Then again, Game Of Thrones has made a living out of surprising fans at every opportunity, so don’t be too surprised when Baelish is on the Iron Throne at the end of episode six.
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