If you're like me, then you are absolutely pissed that Littlefinger is not sitting on the Iron Throne by now...
Lets be real. He is easily the best character on Game of Thrones and he is obviously the most clever. So why was Littlefinger killed at the season 7 finale? Here are the Top 3 Mistakes that Lord Baelish made that put him off his game and caused him to lose the Game of Thrones.
Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.
#1 He Lost his Focus
In Littlefinger's most iconic quote, he mentions that chaos is a ladder. He talks about how power can be attained by climbing higher on the ladder, but some get distracted from climbing or worse, get distracted and fall off the ladder, by simple things like the realm, gods, or love.
Lord Baelish fell prey to one of these distractions, and lost his focus off of his climb. He invested too much trust into Sansa Stark, revealing to her his true ambitions and his intentions of seizing the throne. He even revealed to Sansa how he got to where he is and told her the manipulative things he had to do to get there.
Out of all the people in Westeros (or Essos for that matter) he never once told information like that to anyone. Let alone ALL of his big secrets to ONE individual. This was the beginning of his downfall. He gave into the wants and desires of the flesh and heart by exploiting his position to someone he shouldn't have.... out of love.
#2 He Didn't Follow His Own Rules
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