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.
Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon
HBO just dropped the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon, and it broke the internet as soon as it was released. The highly anticipated prequel series has been HBO’s top priority for quite some time, and judging by the reaction of the fans that the teaser received, we can assume that they were right to do so. Though we witnessed several details about the upcoming show from the teaser, and of course the recent leaks, we didn’t get much information about the dragons, hardly any at all. But the teaser did give a slight hint about a certain dragon, Aegon The Conqueror’s famous ride Balerion the Black Dread might not be there in the series.
In the teaser, we captured a quick glance at what appears to be a dragon skull. Judging by the size of the skull, and the thousands of lit candles in front of it, we can assume it is the skull of Balerion, who was dead by the time of Dance of the Dragons in Fire and Blood novel.
The size of the skull is comparable, if not slightly bigger than the skull we have seen in Game of Thrones, stored in the Red Keep. Another fact that points towards Balerion’s absence is that HBO recently changed the description of House of The Dragon on their official website. Instead of the earlier synopsis that said the timeline of the show being set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones, it has now been changed to 200 years. Balerion died in 94 AC, when Viserys I Targaryen was still young and hadn’t ascended to the throne. Hence it is very unlikely the dreadful beast will make an appearance, given that the series mainly focuses on the civil war that began after Viserys’ death.
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New House of The Dragon leaks might be showing the first look at Daemon Targaryen’s first wife
Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving fast with its production, and we can expect a spring release in 2022. Most of the main characters have been cast, and HBO has officially declared who’s playing who in the much-awaited prequel. With set pictures leaking quite often on the internet, the fans are getting a glimpse of more cast members in action. Recently, another rather unknown member of the House of The Dragon cast came into the limelight, via a leaked picture from the Aldershot set posted by Portal House of The Dragon Brasil.
— Portal House of the Dragon Brasil (@PortalHOTD) September 28, 2021
One of the most common theories about the cast member in question is that she’s playing Prince Daemon Targaryen’s first wife Rhea Royce. This is how the character’s wiki describes her:
“In 97 AC, Queen Alysanne Targaryen wed her grandson, Prince Daemon Targaryen, to Lady Rhea Royce, the heir to Runestone. Although the marriage was a fine, rich match, the marriage was not a success. Daemon found the Vale of Arryn little to his liking and grew bored. He soon developed a dislike for his wife, holding no love or affection toward Rhea, referring to her as his bronze bitch, a mocking reference to the ancient armour of the Royces. Rhea likewise had no love for Daemon, and they were soon estranged.”
Well, the armour certainly checks out, but other details about the character are currently under wraps. Who do you think the character from the recent leaks is? Tell us in the comments below!
Recent leaks from the set of House of The Dragon point at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations?
Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Here’s one of the theories we have been pondering about looking at the most recent leaks, the crew of House of The Dragon is gearing up for a tourney being held for Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations.
There are plenty of factors that point towards the above conclusion. One, in the last few days, we have seen a few leaks showing a young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon taking a walk together on a beach. Two, we recently had more pictures of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen filming on set, one in Royal costume and the newest ones in Targaryen battle gear. Props for his dragon Caraxes were not spotted as well, and since he mostly rides Caraxes for a battle, it seems more than likely that he’s donning the armour for a tourney.
Also, there were pictures of a Targaryen camp being set up, close to the place where Daemon Targaryen was spotted in costume. There are not many soldiers in the view, so it doesn’t seem to be like a preparation for war.
However, one of the flaws to the theory is that in the book, the tourney was held at King’s Landing, while all the shots above have been taken close to a beach. Tell us about your theories in the comments below!
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