Cross Your Fingers: Game of Thrones’ Arya and Sansa May Be Plotting Against Littlefinger
Sansa and Arya both look poised to commit sororicide in the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones.
But is it possible the Stark women are working together to deceive the biggest manipulator in the realm — one Petyr "Littlefinger' Baelish?
There are several reasons to believe that's so...
It all boils down to this: if you think Sansa and Arya are still naive enough to fall for Littlefinger's tricks, you have not been paying attention to their respective evolutions over the past few seasons.
Reading between the lines, it's far more likely Petyr is about to play himself, just as TIME writer Eliana Dockterman has neatly summarized.
First off, Sansa has said several times that she trusts Littlefinger about as far as she could throw him — and she isn't particularly athletic.
She has also reminded us on more than one occasion that she is not a child anymore. She has survived quite a lot in the past few years.
...And the worst of it all was because of Petyr Baelish, who sold her off to Ramsay Snow.
Arya isn't stupid or easily fooled, either. Remember: she may have turned her back on the Faceless Men after her training, but she did complete that training.
This makes her not only a formidable fighter, but a ninja-like spy and an expert at rooting out whether someone is trying to deceive her.
So why is it so obvious she's eavesdropping on Littlefinger here?
Obviously, it's because she wants him to see her.
If she didn't, she would have made sure she was undetected, either by hiding in the shadows or by wearing one of her many faces.
And let's not forget there's a third Stark in this equation...
Bran Stark may be a little, um, emotionally vacant right now, but he's still a Stark. (Unless he's the Night King.)
And he also knows literally everything that has ever happened and ever will. So there's a very good chance he is helping his sisters see what he can.
There are a few more clues that have us convinced the Starks will end up on top in this game of Spy vs. Spy.
Bran bestows upon Arya the dagger Petyr gave him — a gift that prompts Sansa to warn Littlefinger is not a generous man, so he must think he's getting something in exchange for it.
Later, after their tense confrontation over Arya's bag of faces, the little warrior hands Sansa the blade, which may be a signal of trust.
We can't completely rule out the possibility Sansa and Arya are falling for Littlefinger's machinations, but we can conclude this much: it would be a deeply unsatisfying outcome and a betrayal of all these characters have survived since they last saw each other.
Thankfully, we likely won't have much longer to find out who will prevail.
Do you think Arya and Sansa are plotting together, or is one of them about to play into Littlefinger's hands?
The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones airs Sunday, August 27 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.