Now We’re Not Sure Sansa and Arya Plotted Against Littlefinger on ‘Game of Thrones’
Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark
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Now We’re Not Sure Sansa and Arya Plotted Against Littlefinger on ‘Game of Thrones’


Because Game of Thrones is a show that makes us all feel murderous toward fictional characters, we all whooped and hollered when Sansa Stark said two words in the Season 7 finale.

“Lord Baelish?”

Just like that, the Lady of Winterfell revealed she wasn’t putting Arya on trial for her life — she was putting the devious Littlefinger on trial.

But were Sansa and Arya plotting against him this whole time? Depends on whom you ask…

We viewers knew Littlefinger was trying to align Sansa against Arya — the guy thrives on chaos, after all — but we still don’t know how and when the Stark girls realized that fact.

Redditor ScienceMuddaf—ka, however, laid out a comprehensive argument for “why Arya doesn’t suck” in a post published before the finale, theorizing that the sisters put on a very convincing show for Lord Baelish.

For example, ScienceMuddaf—ka notes, Arya is trained to be invisible, so perhaps she made her stealthiness a little less stealthy when she knew Littlefinger was watching.

When she and Sansa fought about the Northern lords, they did so with the door wide open, perhaps so that Littlefinger would overhear.

And when Arya was threatening to steal Sansa’s face, she told Sansa she wondered what it’d be like to wear Sansa’s pretty dresses, even though Arya told her father she never wanted to wear dresses.

But now Isaac Hempstead Wright, the man behind Bran Stark, has given an interview to Variety that throws all of that Littlefinger-outsmarting into question.

“We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says, ‘I need your help,’ or something along those lines,” the 18-year-old says.

“So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister,” he continues.

“So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, ‘Oh, shit.’”

Yeesh. That quote makes it sound like Sansa really did think Arya was out to get her.

And it makes it sound like Sansa was planning on putting her little sis on trial until she happened to check in with her all-seeing, all-knowing younger brother.

Then again, as io9 points out, Isaac could be wrong. He could have misunderstood the meaning of that deleted scene.

Perhaps Sansa just needed to firm up some details with Bran, especially regarding the Westerosi history that predated her.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark
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We love Isaac, of course, but we wish we had never read that interview because it was so much better when we still thought that Sansa and Arya were pulling a long con on Littlefinger, just pretending to hate each other while secretly plotting his bloody demise.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.