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1. Can Sansa trust Littlefinger’s intel?
Ryan: One of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s most famous quotes is, “A man with no motive is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused.” And for the most part, he’s been pretty good at hiding all his motives past his overarching quest for power. But it’s hard to deny that there’s something beyond self-interest at play when it comes to his relationship with Sansa Stark. Everything that happened between Petyr and Catelyn forged the man who Littlefinger is, and all that has tied him emotionally to Sansa.
Sure, it may be creepy in many ways, but it’s also sincere.
That being said, you get the feeling Littlefinger would toss his mother out the Moon Door to achieve his greater goals, and Sansa only sits so high on his list of priorities. Still, when a guy shows up with a massive army and an offer to help, maybe you should at least let other people know about it? Sansa keeping her mouth shut about Littlefinger and the Vale army sitting at Moat Cailin could end up being the worst political blunder since she revealed to Cersei Lannister that Ned Stark was planning on escaping the capitol.
Josh: At the season six premiere, actor Aidan Gillen told Vulture that Littlefinger giving Sansa to the Boltons was a “misjudgment,” the implication being that he didn’t know how much of a monster Ramsay is. Gillen continued, “He has so many plates spinning, and it’s not always going to work out the way you want,” adding, “He wants to be close to the power source.” Sophie Turner, on the other hand, said Littlefinger’s “not a stupid man. He knew exactly who the Boltons were, and who Ramsay was.” I believe Turner, and I believe Littlefinger is offering his sincere help. (I also believe this was David Benioff and D. B. Weiss apologizing for what happened last season.)
Does he care about Sansa? Maybe, maybe not. But he loved Sansa’s mother, and he loves power. He’s aligning himself with the team that he feels gives him the best chance at acquiring it. The Boltons are the slumlords of the North, but there’s nowhere for Littlefinger to go — he’s been promoted as far as he can at Vale Industries. Plus, would you wanna work for Old Man Bolton? But if the Starks are in charge, then maybe there’s room for advancement. So, like most characters on this show, it goes back to women and power.