One of the pivotal events of this week’s episode was definitely the “Bastard Letter,” or “Pink Letter” as it is known in the books. Putting a definite damper on the long-awaited reunion of Sansa Stark and Jon Snow, the letter was horrifying. In it, Ramsay (?) states that he has Rickon, and Shaggydog is dead. He goes on to threaten Sansa, Jon, Rickon, and every wildling under Jon’s protection with some very graphic threats.
So far, no big mystery, right? Just Ramsay being his usual sociopathic self. I thought so at first, but now I’m not so sure. Something bothered me during the reading of the letter, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until a few hours later, then I had to go back and rewatch to be sure.
So this is what I think. Ramsay didn’t write the letter. Not only that, but I think D&D left us a little hint as to who the real author is. Earlier in the episode, Petyr Baelish visits Robin Arryn, who is being watched over by Lord Royce in the Vale. He’s brought Robin a gift, a caged falcon. “Come and see,” he tells Robin. Later, when the “Bastard Letter” is read aloud, that same phrase is repeated several times. Could it be that Littlefinger used that phrase when talking to Robin because it was fresh in his mind, like maybe he had just written it over and over again in the letter?
I know. On the face of it, this idea is pretty thin. So let’s look closer. From a meta standpoint, why would the writers have Littlefinger use this particular phrase? They are usually good about seeding clues and having those seeds bear fruit later, with maybe a few continuity problems (Melisandre’s necklace, I’m looking at you.)
Another problem I had with the letter: I can see Ramsay threatening Sansa, and Rickon, and even Jon. He’s a psycho. But why try so blatantly to infuriate the wildlings? Ramsay doesn’t have a huge standing army, and I’m sure at least some of them were killed in the battle with Stannis. So why use wording which specifically targets the wildlings, not just the warriors, but also the women and children? Before the Bastard Letter, Jon was reluctant to ask the wildlings to fight with him, and unsure about whether they would fight with him even if he asked. The letter served the purpose of making the wildlings see this as their fight as well.
So who stands to gain if the wildlings join the fight? The Northern lords? Hardly. In fact, using the wildlings to retake Winterfell might turn the entire North against Jon and maybe Sansa. In fact, the only person I can think of who might benefit is Petyr Baelish.
But why? Well, Littlefinger has quietly become one of the most powerful men in Westeros. He has control over Robin Arryn, Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East. He has also been promised Winterfell and the title of Warden of the North if he can get rid of the Boltons and Sansa Stark. He is also the Lord of Harrenhall.
So here’s how I think his plan works: First, enrage Jon Snow and the wildlings so they will run headlong at Winterfell and the Bolton forces. Next, sneak a message to Ramsay warning him of when the attack will occur. When Jon and the wildling (plus any other men Jon has managed to rally) attack, the Boltons will be ready, and a large part of Jon’s forces, probably including most of the wildlings, will be killed. When all seems lost, the knights of the Vale will arrive with Petyr Baelish leading them. He will be seen as the savior of the North, and with most of the northern forces either dead or assimilated into his own army, taking Winterfell will be a breeze.
So how did Littlefinger know that Ramsay had Rickon? Maybe he was the one who told Lord Umber to hand the boy over. After all, Umber sure was squirrely about swearing an oath of fealty. Maybe that was because he was already in the process of betraying Ramsay.
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So what do you think? Possible? Plausible? Or should I start fashioning a hat out of tinfoil? Let me know in the comments. Also, if you would like to know more about Petyr Baelish, let me know and I will put together an in-depth profile of this enigmatic character.
Does Melisandre’s ‘Green Eyes’ prophecy predict Arya killing Daenerys?
“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.
Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.
Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.
But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.
Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.
If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.
What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!
Here’s what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.
White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.
It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.
Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
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We might finally get to see Cleganebowl in the next Game Of Thrones episode
Fans have been waiting for the Clegane brothers to clash for so many seasons now that it would be heartbreaking if they passed that up completely. But fret not fandom. There are several hints that Cleganebowl is well and truly coming, and might actually happen Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5. Read on!
The last time we have seen Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane come face to face was the Season 7 finale. Hound did not miss the opportunity to remind Mountain that the fight is still on. The Mountain didn’t respond except glowering menacingly but then he hasn’t been very talkative for some time, has he? But that scene was the first time the makers openly acknowledged and gave credence to what up till then have just been theories.
Hints galore in episode 4
The first three episodes of Season 8 had been preoccupied with the Dead. But Sandor Clegane is right back on track with episode 4. He says “there is only one thing that will make me happy” when Sansa talks to him, which is a clear indication to facing his brother. The next time we see the Hound he is striking out alone on a horse. Arya catches up with him and they share some good old warm and fuzzy insults.
Sandor then again says, “I have unfinished business in King’s Landing.” He is not interested in the war; he would have left with Jon Snow’s army then. So why is he going to King’s Landing? Obviously, to face his no. 1 nemesis and elder brother Gregor.
It’s even by supported narrative logic. The Mountain protects Cersei, and it would be necessary to eliminate him before anyone gets to her. Now Arya is obviously going to King’s Landing, and both Cersei and Mountain are on her List. It makes sense for Arya and Hound to team up again to execute their revenge.
What is Cleganebowl theory?
The Cleganebowl theory goes back beyond the show, it started with the book series fans. Sandor and Gregor’s enmity begun back into their childhood, Gregor would bully his little brother endlessly and once pressed his face onto a hot brazier over a small fight about a toy.
The fire burned away one whole side of Sandor’s face, made him a complete cynic, and gave him a deep-seated fear of fire that made him defect from the Battle of Blackwater and would have done the same in Battle of Winterfell except for Arya and Beric. Hound has repeatedly said that he considers killing the Mountain to be his destiny. It was the one thing that kept him standing through all injuries and hardships. He is not the cold-hearted cynic he once was, but the hate still burns.
Right from Season 1, we are told that Sandor has vowed to kill his brother one day and by Season 7 it has almost become a destiny. Even the actors Rory McCann (Hound) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain) have been hyping about it off-screen. As Game of Thrones completes its journey in just two more episodes, Cleganebowl seems imminent.
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