Um, last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” aptly titled “The Spoils of War”, was very good, right?
Did you catch the reference? Seriously, I won’t warn you again. But this is season seven, and it’s rattling along at the pace of a bullet train. “It’s just the two of them in a very small space standing near each other and us just watching that and feeling the heat of that”.
Or we would be, if he didn’t have a House-of-Black-and-White-trained assassin living with him in the form of Arya (Maisie Williams), now in charge of that critical dagger.
“Chaos is a ladder” wasn’t just a line to stop Littlefinger from attempting to manipulate Bran. So let’s quickly break it down.
Since that was a quote from a conversation between Littlefinger and Varys (Conleth Hill) from Season 3, Episode 6, this likely put him on notice that the Three-Eyed Raven is onto his scheming. It basically sums up Baelish’s entire life philosophy: sew the seeds of mischief, violence, and misunderstanding, then use the confusion to climb up the social/power ladder.
The fact that Arya and The Hound have such unique and unconventional personalities represents one of the many ways that Game of Thrones is not afraid to be unpredictable. Arya notes that the statue doesn’t really look like her dad, and that it should have been carved by someone who actually knew his face.
While making it clear he sees all, Bran also made it clear to Littlefinger that he wasn’t someone to manipulate. After all, it’s not been seen since season one, when Catelyn brought it to her husband Ned at King’s Landing, and the investigation led her to Littlefinger, who said it belonged to Tyrion to create tension between the Starks and the Lannisters. Specifically, he ghoulishly admitted-even gloated-to giving the prostitute Ros over to Joffrey.
We know Valyrian steel will be supremely important moving forward, and we also know it’s exceedingly rare. He also implied that he wouldn’t be stuck with Lyssa Arryn for long. He knows that Littlefinger was involved in Ned’s fall.
So what better time is there to remind yourself of everyone on Arya’s list – including those still alive, the not-so lucky individuals and The Mountain. Which he kind of did. It was the weirdest thing when we shot our first scene together. Bran gives Arya the Valyrian-steel dagger from Littlefinger, and this shocks Sansa.
Still, Bran doesn’t necessarily know what he’s saying here.
There are only a handful of Old Valyrian weapons left: Brienne’s sword “Oathkeeper”, Jaime’s sword “Widow’s Wail” (both of which were melted from Ned’s sword, RIP), Jon’s blade, and “Heartsbane”, the weapon Sam and Gilly stole from the Tarly household.
Arya Stark showed off her battle skills. “Our first scene together was our reunion scene and we f***ed up so many times”. It was at Harrenhal in Season 2. What did you think about Littlefinger’s reaction? “Yes, crisis is an opportunity”.
More “The Spoils of War” coverage: – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and showrunners on that dragon cliffhanger – link coming – EW’s deep-dive recap: Best episode of the season? Littlefinger and Sansa creepily watched (their new favorite hobby) as Arya fought Brienne, showed off her assassin abilities, and then death-stared Littlefinger, who surely is thinking about her list of names.