New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Has a Prediction About Littlefinger


Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first six seasons of Game of Thrones and predictions about major plot points in the seventh season.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is coming, and online predictions about the notoriously volatile fates of its characters are swirling. One circulating fan theory that’s gathering some steam purports to predict the fate of Westeros’s sleaziest operator, Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, in the next season. It all revolves around an unlikely rival: Sandor Clegane (The Hound), whose connection to Baelish stretches back to the show’s first season.

The theory, as reported by TIME and courtesy of redditor Flay_the_pope, centers on one of the show’s earliest betrayals. In the first season, after Ned Stark discovered that Joffrey is not Robert Baratheon’s legitimate son—and therefore has no claim to the Iron Throne—Littlefinger promised to help Ned secure the support of the City Watch to stage a coup. Instead, Ned is arrested for treason and, as the City Watch slaughters his men, Baelish puts a dagger to Ned’s throat and, with a grin, says, “I did warn you not to trust me.”

The Starks never found out about Littlefinger’s betrayal, but one newfound Stark ally was in the room to witness it: Sandor Clegane. As the series has progressed, The Hound has built personal relationships with both Arya and Sansa Stark. In the season four finale, Arya admitted that she took The Hound off of her kill list, and he later offered to escort Sansa home to Winterfell. When we last saw The Hound, he was traveling north with the Brotherhood Without Banners—putting him right on track to run into one or both of the Stark sisters at Winterfell.

That could pose a problem for Littlefinger, who is currently acting as an advisor to Sansa. “I believe if Littlefinger, Sansa, and Sandor all end up in the same room, Littlefinger will be in BIG trouble and this may be his downfall,” Flay_the_pope writes.

Fellow Redditor BatsAreCute concurred, writing “I've been hoping for the day Sansa finds out this detail, and knowing The Hound, he'll have no reservations about blurting it out.”

Could this spell the end for Littlefinger? You’ll have to tune into Game of Thrones’s seventh season—which premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. on July 16—to find out.

[h/t: TIME]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]