This post contains spoilers from Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4. I believe I speak for just about all fans when I say that one of the first things Game of Thrones taught us was not to trust Littlefinger. It was his plotting that began all the events that carried us through the years, from convincing Lysa to murder Jon Arryn to marrying Sansa to Ramsay Bolton. But while Ned and Catelyn never seems to see through him, their children seem wiser. Which is why it was so odd to see Littlefinger give Bran the dagger on Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones.
As Sansa has remarked before, Littlefinger never gives anything away. There's always a catch, a string, a plan. Even when Littlefinger admits the truth of anything -- like telling Sansa of his dream of reaching the Iron Throne, it's about furthering his chances of making that dream come true and not actually about telling her the truth of the matter. He thinks she'll join him in plotting. So far, it looks like she hasn't, but you never can tell with Sansa these days.
Meanwhile, Bran's arrival seems to have brought Littlefinger round to him chambers, giving him gifts and calling him "Lord Stark." What's up with that?
Look, I'm sorry Meera's leaving, but never in my life have I been more frustrated by a character barging into a scene. What we were seeing was something as remarkable as a dragon's birth. That was, I would hazard to say, the first time Littlefinger absolutely and completely misjudged a character, and was making a total ass of himself.
Like, not just slightly underestimating someone, like he did with Varys in the early seasons when he assumed there were motivations that did not exist. Not just assuming better behavior like he did with Ramsay Bolton when he married Sansa off to him. (I think he genuinely assumed that Ramsay would recognize Sansa as his key to holding the North and pamper her accordingly.) This was a straight up complete misreading of Bran.
As Meera says, "Bran Stark died in that tree." Littlefinger has no idea that's the reality. The body that sits in front of him, that is called "Bran" by those around him, is not a person to be bribed with expensive Valyrian steel gifts, or heartwarmed with stories of how he wished he could have been there in Catelyn's hour of need, or flattered by titles. He is 100 percent calling every shot in that scene wrong.
And Bran ALMOST tells him just where he can stick all of it, that that he knows exactly who Littlefinger is. "Chaos is a ladder," indeed. I only wish Bran had finished reciting back that Season 3 speech (which to this day is one of my favorite monologues of the series).
Will Bran's recitation of that one line unsettle Littlefinger enough to leave him alone after that? Or will he continue to attempt to poison Bran and Sansa against each other? Let's hope, for his sake, he decides to walk away before he does something really foolish.