Game of Thrones has thrived on mystery and twists since the series first took off on HBO nearly 6 years ago. Of course, back then when there was a mystery you could just read the books or ask a friend and you could figure out what was coming pretty quickly. Now the series has surpassed the books, the whole world has been forced to wonder how it all ends and if there are any more surprise deaths or twists in store. Many have speculated the series may seem some different pairings of major character this season, and actor Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, is teasing another pairing might team up. Here's what the actor had to say regarding Varys potentially teaming up with Littlefinger:
Very interesting question. I can tell you that I loved working with Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger), and I can tell you that it's possible we work together again... But not definite.
This would not be the first time the two have met in Game of Thrones, as the two seem to have a war of words every time they cross paths. Their first encounter in Season 1 showed the two characters exchanging words and speculating on what the other was up to. While the conversation wasn't meaningful (or entirely relevant to the current state of the series) it did show that the two had a distinct distaste for each other despite being cut from the same cloth in terms of their methods. The second time the two collided, however, resulted in a dramatic scene that could be the key that blows Game of Thrones wide open.
In Season 3, Varys and Littlefinger had an exchange in the Red Keep that sparked the interest of more than a few fans. In the exchange, we saw Varys in his sly way confront Lord Baelish about taking advantage of the chaos in the realm. Petyr had recently secured his own chunk of land by wooing Catelyn Stark's sister, Lyssa Aryn. At the time, Littlefinger retorted saying that Varys was just mad that he had thwarted the plan to give Sansa Stark to the Tyrell family. The two then conceded that the Targaryen family was no worse when ruling than any current ruling family and the tales of their misdeeds may have been told simply to prevent chaos in the realm. The scene ended with Varys saying he wished to maintain that order and Baelish saying that a "ladder of chaos" could be climbed by any man.
That scene, which seems small in comparison to all the other things that have happened on Game of Thrones in the time since, seems like an awfully odd thing to feature, considering how minor both characters are in the story. For that reason, a lot of Game of Thrones fans and The Huffington Post have speculated that the series truly may revolve around the moves influenced by The Spider Varys and Littlefinger Petyr Baelish. The theory fits well if you believe that Baelish has been trying to secure the crown for himself, while Varys has continued to work for the good of the realm. Spoiler Alert in the rest of this paragraph! It's possible the two could meet via Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, who have been rumored to be meeting at some point in Season 7. Rumors have speculated that reunion might be happening, as well.
While I think Littlefinger and Varys' stories and especially Jon and Dany's could be key to what's going on, I'm not sure how anyone is explaining the resilient Cersei Lannister. She still remains a key player in what many are already calling a two-sided war. No doubt her wildcard ability will play a key role in the final episodes, but only the Game of Thrones showrunners know how at the moment. I know we all want Dany and Jon to be friends (not lovers, though...we have too much of that going on already) but can we really trust George R.R. Martin to not break our hearts one more time? Just thinking about it gets me anxious for more episodes! If you're feeling antsy, calm yourself down by checking out a new show on our midseason premiere guide.