'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 5: spoiler discussion


The night is dark and full of spoilers. Below we'll be talking about the HBO series Game of Thrones, up through and including tonight's episode, "First of His Name." Open discussion of future episodes — or information from the books — is off limits.

Oh, Littlefinger.

In a lot of ways tonight's episode felt similar to what we saw last week: a bit of water treading on the way to big events down the line. Tommen officially became King, Cersei tried to get out ahead of Margaery by pairing her with the new king, and Jon Snow took out the folks at Craster's Keep (but didn't hook up with Bran). The big exception was a rather revealing bit of information about Petyr Baelish.

At one point during the episode, Lord Baelish takes Sansa Stark to her Aunt Lysa, also known as The Creepy Lady Who Was Breastfeeding Her 11-year-old Son The Last Time We Saw Her. Lysa is head over heels for Littlefinger, and the two end up getting married that very day. Sansa is earmarked for marrying Lysa's son Robin, of course, because bad things always happen to Sansa.

But during a brief exchange Lysa mentions that she poisoned her husband at Baelish's request. It's just a minor bit of nasty behavior, except for the fact that her husband was Jon Arryn, Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. It was Arryn's death that brought Ned Stark back to King's Landing as the new Hand, and caused the entire show as we know it to unfold. Remember that letter in season one that Lysa sent to Catelyn, blaming the Lannisters for her husband's death? The one that set Ned off on an investigation that ended with his beheading? Writing that was Baelish's idea, too.

Basically, the entire Stark vs. Lannisters conflict that led to all-out war in the Seven Kingdoms, the near-extermination of the entire Stark clan, and the death of thousands was all engineered by Littlefinger.

That is what we call playing the long game. When it comes to the question of who is the most wicked person in the world of Game of Thrones, there's only one answer: Petyr Baelish. And at a time when almost every force in Westeros is weakened, he's in his position of greatest strength.

Chaos is a ladder? He wasn't kidding.

What did you think of the big revelation tonight, and do you think Lysa will be able to keep it together with Sansa in The Eyrie?