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
Littlefinger's biggest threat wasn't an army. It wasn't a dragon. It wasn't even a white walker. Lord Baelish created his own worse enemy, Sansa Stark. By teaching Sansa everything that he knew (about money, power, manipulation, etc.) he was arming Sansa with the skills she needed to bring him down.
One such piece of advice, was that he taught her to imagine what was the worse intention that someone could have for doing something, and then plan to defend against it. Well, she took his advise! Against him! He gave her the knowledge and planning ability she needed to bring Lord Baelish to his knees.
Another one Petyr Baelish's rules that he didn't follow was to imagine every possible scenario. Good ones, bad ones, unexpected ones, and have a plan in place for them. He obviously didn't plan for Sansa and Arya to plot against him and turn the trial into an execution for his own crimes. Had he followed his own rules, we might have seen "King Petyr Baelish, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm."
#3 He Was Unaware of a Big Threat
Let's be real... Its hard to manipulate someone to complete loyalty when they have a brother who can see through fricken time! Petyr Baelish was unaware, and therefore unable to plan against, Bran's Three Eyed Raven abilities. It's hard to be a good liar and manipulator when all your BS is being pointed out behind closed doors by Bran Stark. (Is he even a Stark anymore?)
Had Littlefinger been aware of Bran's powers, he probably would have played his cards much differently. He knows when he would lose in a situation, and he would avoid all of those situations at all costs. Had he been aware that his greatest skills were worthless, even deadly to himself, by staying in Winterfell, he would have gone a different route in a different part of the world.
What do you think of these points? Do you agree with them? Smack down a comment below and tell me what you thing I should have added. I know that I am doing this more to help me mourn the loss of my favorite character, so I hope that this consoles you as well.
Thanks for reading! See you next season in Game of Thrones!
PS.... Maybe we'll get to see some more of Littlefinger via Arya Stark! ;)
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