Did Littlefinger's Reaction in Latest Game of Thrones Episode Hint at His Fate?

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Warning: This post contains spoilers through episode three of season seven of Game of Thrones, and predictions about major plot points in future episodes. If you are not caught up, stop reading now.

As we noted before the seventh season of Game of Thrones began, the internet has been abuzz with fan theories about the fate that might await the sneaky Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. But one easy-to-miss moment in the latest episode may have hinted at new dangers for Westeros’s raspiest royal whisperer, and a new theory explains how it might lead to Littlefinger’s downfall.

The theory comes courtesy of The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion, who runs the Ask the Maester blog. He set out to explain a curious double-take Littlefinger did when a maester at Winterfell revealed that his predecessor, Maester Luwin, kept “a copy of every raven scroll.” So just what about old raven scrolls would make Baelish so jumpy?

Concepcion goes back to one of the show’s earliest unanswered questions for the explanation: Could Littlefinger have had something to do with the unexplained assassination attempt on Bran Stark in the series’ second-ever episode?

The would-be assassin was carrying a Valyrian steel dagger known as the “catspaw blade” or “catspaw dagger,” an exceedingly expensive and uncommon weapon. Presumably, whoever called the hit wanted the murder to be readily traceable. Catelyn Stark carried the blade to King’s Landing to show Ned and warn him that there was treachery afoot. But Littlefinger just so happened to catch a glimpse of the knife, and casually mentioned that it was once his, before he lost it to Tyrion Lannister in a bet.

Murdering a child to turn the Starks and Lannisters against each other certainly doesn’t seem out-of-character for the always-scheming Littlefinger. In fact, according to Concepcion, the idea fits Baelish’s mantra of “create chaos, climb the ladder” perfectly.

If Baelish was indeed behind the assassination plot, Concepcion predicts that there will be a paper trail in Maester Luwin’s old raven scrolls that could expose his duplicity. That might explain why Sansa is seen looking surprised at a raven scroll in the preview for episode four. (Here are a couple of other details you might have missed from the teaser.) And if it has anything to do with why Arya Stark was carrying the catspaw blade on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, Littlefinger’s days might be numbered—and his death might come at the hands of the surest assassin in Westeros.

Space Force: The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Aren't in Scranton Anymore

Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
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Greg Daniels and Steve Carell helped to make TV history when they collaborated on NBC's The Office. Now they've teamed up again for a brand-new show—and they're clearly not in Scranton anymore.

Daniels, who developed the American adaptation of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation, is back with another workplace comedy—this time for Netflix and taking place in space. Space Force will follow Carell as the protagonist, and also stars big-name actors such as Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and John Malkovich. As the title indicates, it's believed to be a spoof on Donald Trump's military branch of the same name.

This week, the first official images for Space Force were released, showing Carell and his co-stars in action—and it appears the beloved actor will have his hands full as the head of the Space Force.

In addition to starring in the series, Carell is also its co-creator (alongside Daniels) and one of its executive producers. Space Force will arrive on Netflix on May 29, 2020. In the meantime, you can check out some of the early images from the series below.

John Malkovich stars in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Lisa Kudrow in 'Space Force'
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Jimmy O. Yang in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz in 'Space Force'
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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

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