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Is Littlefinger Actually Outsmarting Himself On Game Of Thrones?

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Petyr Baelish is one Game of Thrones' slipperiest characters, but this week's episode contained some pretty huge revelations that left some of us wondering what his end game is. And whether his plan actually makes any sense at all. Spoilers ahead!

After learning that the person behind Jon Arryn's death was, in fact, Littlefinger himself (aided by Lysa Arryn), a discussion began about just what Littlefinger's plan was or whether he really only ever had one plan: Chaos, followed by more chaos.


But that makes no sense. What did Littlefinger expect to accomplish by killing Jon Arryn? If he wanted to keep info from Robert, then why did he lead Ned on to the same info? If he meant to start a war, why not use what he already knew about Joffrey instead of getting two other people who knew killed?

Seriously, it's a nice DUN-DUN-DUUUUNNNN moment, but it makes zero sense.


Because Littlefinger thrives on chaos and chaos is a ladder - and he knows how to climb it. While he couldn't predict exactly everyone's behavior, he set everything in motion so he could maneuver for his own benefit - and it's worked out exceedingly well. No, he probably couldn't predict everyone's behavior, but he's been in King's Landing long enough to realize how to play everyone and the game.

As Varys said, Littlefinger is the most dangerous man in Westeros.

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If you think about all the events we know about so far, this series is really the story of Varys vs. Littlefinger.


So what do you think? Does Littlefinger have a plan? Or, is the goal simply to continue shaking things up and trust that no one is quite as quick at re-configuring the board to his advantage as he is? Tell us your thoughts in the comments now.