New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Suggests We May Not Have Seen the Last of Littlefinger

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Out of the many deaths on Game of Thrones that fans found extremely satisfying, the killing of Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, at the hand (or, rather, dagger) of Arya Stark in season 7 was among the most memorable. While fans cheered to see the duplicitous social climber get his comeuppance, a recently resurfaced fan theory regarding the series' final season claims we might not have seen the last of Littlefinger.

As Metro reports, Redditor MrSilenceT has pointed out a few key moments in season 7 that could point to the return of Littlefinger.

The first occurs in the season 7 episode "Spoils of War," which proves Bran Stark is finally catching onto Littlefinger's ill intentions. Bran recites the "chaos is a ladder" line back to Petyr, a reference from his past. Many fans wondered then why Littlefinger wasn't suspicious enough to do anything. Fast forward to the next episode, "Eastwatch," where he is told by a young woman in a soft yet extremely creepy whisper, "Sorry, your time is up." To that, Littlefinger hands her what looks like an iron coin of the Faceless Men. While this confused many viewers, the fact that he was slain by Arya just two episodes later kind of halted our speculation there.

However, according to the Redditor, we shouldn't have believed Baelish could be killed off that easily. The theory argues that the person we saw die in "The Dragon and the Wolf," the season 7 finale, was actually one of the Faceless Men disguised as Littlefinger.

Given Littlefinger was completely shocked when it became obvious the Stark siblings were turning against him in the episode, MrSilenceT posits that this could mean it wasn't even Baelish at all. The writer points out the fact that whenever he was close to death previously in the series, Littlefinger knew what to do:

"Every single time, calculate[d] and impeccable control. As you would expect from a man that has been plotting for 30 years straight without a rest. Such a man will not be taken by surprise when the end comes. But a faceless man playing the last moments of this man would think he would be."

It's true. Littlefinger dropping to his knees so suddenly after he realized what was truly going on was unexpected. But why would a Faceless Man be willing to die for him? This is less clear, but Littlefinger has stated previously that his grandfather was from Braavos. There could easily be a lot more about his past and his family that viewers just don't know about.

While it's possible this fan theory is just that—a theory—the Redditor makes a convincing case for how this could happen. It is the final season of Game of Thrones after all; viewers should prepare for some wild twists when the series returns on April 14, 2019.

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

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Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

Game of Thrones's Episode 3 Teaser May Contain a Hidden Message from Daenerys to Jon

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," had its fair share of moments that could have given away hints for episodes to come, like in the writers' decision to include "Jenny's Song," or in Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen that they're related.

One fan theory about the fate of Westeros, however, comes from the previews for next week's episode. Posted by Reddit user IgnorantSportsFan, the theory centers around one pivotal line uttered during a conversation between Daenerys and Jon: "The dead are already here."

"That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant—but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them," the theory begins."Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people. All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but its GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched?"

The theory certainly adds up, emphasized by the reminder that there were clips included of Arya Stark fighting in the crypts.

Could the dead be rising in the crypts of Winterfell as the White Walkers rapidly approach? We'll find out soon.

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