Littlefinger's Stark Obsession Explained | ScreenRant
Apr 14, Lord Petyr Baelish -- a.k.a. Littlefinger -- is one of “Game of What has it been like shooting the romantic aspects of the Littlefinger/Sansa relationship? . Kathy Griffin, Joaquin Phoenix and more offer the best advice for Aug 15, Aidan Gillan explains Littlefinger's plans and feelings for Sansa and the relationship with the Stark family and the eldest daughter Sansa in. Feb 26, Interview with Aidan Gillen about the roles of Littlefinger and Sansa in Game of Do you hate the fact that the public associates you with Lord Baelish? more travel and an important relationship with Sansa Stark.” Sophie Turner sharing advice from Natalie Dormer and season 5 spoilers in InStyle.
It's always good when you're surprised by somebody's spontaneous nastiness or niceness. There's room for that with Baelish as much as anyone else. He does seem to have this genuine kindness to him just like we saw come out with Jamie Lannister. I think with Littlefinger and Sansa, she's one person that, as the seasons roll by, she's one person he's spent more time with and gotten to know and gotten to let her know him.
He's been a keeping-his-cards-close-to-the-chest, tight person who didn't really have relationships, but not anymore. How much has been revealed to you about your character's ultimate agenda?
No, it's not good, because then you're not playing it. I don't want to know. I feel like that in real life— I don't want to know what happens tomorrow or next week or next year. I have several ideas running through my head; scenes with say, Sansa or with Cersei.
There are later scenes where Littlefinger interacts with people apart from Sansa later in the season. He does have meticulously laid plans and it's not just happenstance, you know what I mean? It's well laid out. The one relationship where there really is a propensity for spontaneity is with Sansa Stark, though, where real feeling could get in the way. There is a humanity there, for better or worse.
Let's just see what happens about that There's been a lot of discussion about how the show is diverging from the plot of the book, particularly with the Sansa storyline.
What did you think of these choices as they were revealed to you? Littlefinger was barely in the last book— if at all— and even in season 4, there were some events in there to keep characters either visible or invisible if we'd had too much of them or if there were too many characters.
I think it's exciting that we've reached this point where nobody actually knows what happens next. Up to this point, you could read the books, you could find out what happens because it was there; it was written, and now it's not, and that's an exciting thing. Obviously, there's an issue of whether the show overtakes the books, et cetera, but I think it's a good thing that George Martin is involved in production as he is— he's a producer and one of the writers, so it's not like we're totally disconnected from what's going on in the mind of George Martin.
But, you know, for the viewer and for the actor, it's exciting. We just genuinely don't know what happens next so you do have some free rein. What's your reading of that? I think George R. Martin has told Weiss and Benioff which threads are important to keep in-tact and they have license within that, but like you've mentioned, it really is such an interesting cultural phenomenon.
The TV show has taken a life of its own and that's very cool. It's been a big adventure playing the characters as loyal— and the show has been pretty loyal— to the books, to the point that I don't think anyone could fault the show writers and creators for running away with George Martin's work and doing something else with it.
They've been as loyal to it as they possibly can and now the only way they can be loyal to the audience and the characters is to do their own thing with it, in consultation with George Martin. But we don't know what that is! You often seem to get cast as very ambitious underdogs with a bit of a devious side. Is that a type you enjoy playing to? Yeah it is, actually. I hope it's not all I'll ever do, but I know I've played enigmatic characters.
For me, the good characters are people who get places, are devious, are cunning and tricky and hard to pin down. Obviously, if you play one and you do an okay job of it, that'll be on people's minds.
I hope it's not all I ever do, but I do recognize that it's been It's fun to play those kinds of characters. Are you ever worried about getting the script one day and finding out you've been killed? No, I'm looking forward to that, actually.
I don't feel like it's going to happen any day soon, if it happens But most of the characters are preoccupied with getting on with living, and not many of them are consciously preoccupied with death.
Stop worrying about it; get on with living. If ever truly a man had armored himself in gold, it was Petyr Baelish, not Jaime Lannister.
King Robert had been a prodigious spender. A man like Petyr Baelish who had a gift for rubbing two golden dragons together and breeding a third, was invaluable to his Hand.
Aidan Gillen talks Littlefinger and Sansa in Season 5
A master juggler was Petyr Baelish. Oh, he was clever. He did not simply collect the gold and lock in a treasure vault, no. He bought wagons, shops, ships, houses. He bought grain when it was plentiful and sold bread when it was scarce. He bought wool from the north and linen from the south and lace from Lys, stored it, moved it, dyed it, sold it. The golden dragons bred and multiplied, and Littlefinger lent them out and brought them home with hatchlings. And in the process, he moved his own men into place.
The Keepers of the Keys were his, all four. The officers in charge of all three mints. Harbormasters, tax farmers, custom sergeants, wool factors, toll collectors, pursers, wine factors; nine of every ten belonged to Littlefinger.
No one had ever thought to question the appointments, and why should they? Littlefinger was no threat to anyone. He had no banners to call, no army of retainers, no great stronghold, no holdings to speak of, no prospects of a great marriage. This is the terrific backstory of a man who we would consider one of the George R. He has a sharp tongue at times, especially when dealing with Ned Stark in A Game of Thronesbut he knows when to sheathe that tongue, and his real talent lies in his ability to win influence and power, without ever exposing himself to mortal danger.
Every risk he takes is calculated, and though the simple reality of a lowborn lord trying to win the game of thrones comes with inherent danger, he knows how to protect himself within his ambition. The same cannot be said of the corresponding character in the TV shows. On HBO, Baelish is by turns peevish, impulsive to the point of recklessnessand transparent. Sansa confronted Littlefinger over his heartless sale of her to Ramsay Bolton, just about the most evil character in Westeros this side of Joffrey.
Martin put on the page. Littlefinger never sent Sansa to marry Ramsay in the books.