Part of what makes HBO's Game of Thrones such a massive hit is how rich the world of Westeros is. With so much mythology surrounding the show, there are tons of fan theories dissecting just about every moment shown on screen. And now that the series has just two short seasons left, the cast and crew can start getting more chatty, as the story moves closer to a conclusion. That's exactly the case with Littlefinger actor Aidan Gillen, who recently confirmed a fan theory from way back in Season 2. It turns out his character did see Arya Stark in Harenhal, and he therefore knows she's alive.
This news comes to us from an interview that Aidan Gillen did with EW ahead of the highly anticipated Season 7 premiere. When asked point blank if Littlefinger saw Arya when she was working for Tywin Lannister, the Wire actor said:
Yeah, this is awesome. It looks like Littlefinger saw Arya in a way that Tywin Lannister never did. And he therefore knows that she's likely alive and well. While this moment might feel like a throwaway, it also may foreshadow things to come in the final seasons.
As a reminder, the scene happened back in Season 2, when Arya was working as Tywin's cup bearer in Harenhal. Littlefinger joins him for a meeting about the various Great Houses in the War of Five Kings. And while Arya tries to avoid his gaze, she spills wine on his hand, and he seems to notice who has been in the room the whole time. In fact, he even brings up Catelyn Stark and her daughters in the scene's final moments.
If Aidan Gillen is to be believed, then Littlefinger has known that Arya was alive all along. Most of Westeros believes her dead, with the exception of Brienne and Sansa. And if Sansa finds out that Littlefinger knew the truth and withheld it from her, then it may be the final straw in their alliance. Petyr Baelish has already crossed Sansa a number of times, although their relationship saved House Stark in the Battle of Winterfell.
But the scene from Season 2 also seems to foreshadow Littlefinger's grim fate. While catching Tywin up on current events, they discussed Renly Baratheon's death. Believing Brienne to be the killer, the two discussed the laughable concept that Renly was killed by a woman. Hopefully this is the exact ending Littlefinger will meet, at the behest of Sansa. Because if the two Stark girls can reunite in Season 7, I'm sure Arya would be all to happy to be a mercenary for her House.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO on July 16, 2017. In the meantime check our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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