The actor behind Peter "Littlefinger" Baelish on Game of Thrones, Aidan Gillan, has commented on his character's relationship with the Stark family and the eldest daughter Sansa in particular. Since the very first episode, Littlefinger has been heavily involved in many of the narrative's key events, from the death of John Arryn - which triggered the battle for the Iron Throne - to the assassination of King Joffrey. Littlefinger may not be skilled in combat or sorcery and may not have a prestigious family name, but he has more than made up for that in cunning and intelligence.
Currently, Baelish finds himself as a guest of Winterfell after aiding Jon Snow in recapturing the area from House Bolton. However, Jon and his siblings (soon to be revealed as cousins, perhaps) all remain suspicious of the character and his motivations, which have always been well guarded. Littlefinger seems to have a somewhat closer relationship with Sansa, though. After harboring a monster-crush on Sansa's mother Catelyn, Littlefinger has recently turned his attentions to the eldest Stark daughter, grooming her for leadership and feeding her dreams of sitting next to him on the Throne.
In an interview with the New York Times, actor Aidan Gillan was asked about his character's intentions for what remains of House Stark, to which he replied:
"There’s always something more to it when it involves the Starks, given his history with Catelyn Stark and that rejection, and that that’s what’s driving him. But I wouldn’t say the undermining of the Stark family has been a goal. It’s opportunistic... He has played his part in the rise of the Starks, showing up last season with the Knights of the Vale, but he will also undermine it and exploit it. That’s what he’s doing — he’s trying to drive wedges between all of them."
Speaking about whether Littlefinger has any genuine affection for Sansa, Gillan states:
"That was maybe unintentional. I’m not really playing a romantic interest there. I know that’s how it appears, but it’s something slightly different... [Littlefinger is] kind of mentoring, in terms of schooling Sansa in the ways of manipulation, the ways to play the game, or the ways to survive. Of course there’s a certain lack of clarity in what he’s after, and I think that’s the way it should be."
Gillan certainly has a point when he says that Baelish appears to hold a romantic interest in Sansa, as his recent actions towards her have largely been creepy with a side-order of lustful, as he tries to seduce the younger Sansa with promises of power and glory at his side. It's interesting then that Gillan claims such tones to be unintentional and the suggestion therefore is that Sansa is merely a pawn in his game - just like everybody else.
With the formidable Arya Stark seeking to expose Littlefinger's plot, many are predicting that Baelish is not long for the world of Game of Thrones - and if this proves to be the case, his overall masterplan could be revealed sooner rather than later. Certainly, it would be a shame if he succeeded in driving a wedge between the Stark children so soon after they reunited and season 7 has been clearing characters off the board fairly rapidly of late, as we head towards the endgame.
Having said that, there's no denying that Littlefinger has been one of Game of Thrones' most fascinating characters and his constant, unpredictable scheming has been a joy to watch, even if the character's accent does seem to fluctuate somewhat between episodes. Littlefinger would undoubtedly be missed by the viewers, if not by the characters on-screen.
Game of Thrones continues with "Death Is The Enemy" on Sunday, August 20th.
Source: New York Times