[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 6]
HBO's Game of Thrones is without question the most talked about TV show in the world right now. Over half-way into its sixth season, the series has thrown us several big twists and curve balls as George R.R. Martin's fantasy setting within the Seven Kingdoms threatens to boil over once and for all. Along the way, we've been introduced to new characters, like Ian McShane's Brother Ray in this season's episode 7, and been reintroduced to a few others; yet it seems that with each episode something subtle emerges that eagle-eyed viewers pick up on and forge discussion over.
Season 6, episode 7, titled "The Broken Man", presented us with a well-paced and revealing episode that is beginning to set up an almighty bloodbath of a showdown between Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). One dedicated fan on Imgur has done some impressive work of their own, regarding the letter we see Sansa (Sophie Turner) handling.
While we, the viewer, are not privy to seeing the content of the note, this user has deciphered most of it by zooming in, focusing, flipping the text, and filling in a few blanks. It not only reveals who Sansa's letter probably addresses, but also what it could mean for the fate of the North:
The transcribed section reads as follows:
[...] to protect me. Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise. [...] Knights of the Vale are under your command. Ride north for Winterfell. Lend us your aid and I shall see to it that you are [well/properly] rewarded.
While a few words are missing here and there, it mentions commanding the Knights of the Vale and fulfilling a promise, strongly implying that she's asking for help from her uncle, Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger (played by Aidan Gillen). Littlefinger was the one who not only conspired to murder King Joffrey, but also helped Sansa escape the persecution Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) faced after being framed for the killing. After Littlefinger offered Sansa to Roose Bolton for his son Ramsay to wed (and rape and torture on a daily basis), she escaped with the help of Reek (a.k.a. Theon Greyjoy, played by Alfie Allen). Lord Baelish has strong feelings for his niece Sansa, so her act of disgust and his admittance of deep regret when they meet tells us if she were to ask for his aid, he'd gladly do anything to win back her favor. After all, she's one of the few remaining Starks left in the bloodline and is the living 'key to the North'.
In fact, Turner did hint that Littlefinger would be indebted to her at some point, when discussing the heartbreaking episode "The Door" over at the official Game of Thrones blog. Referring to the above reuniting scene between Sansa and Littlefinger, she explains its significance:
"The scene basically means that Littlefinger owes Sansa, big time. It's also a big moment emotionally for her. It's the first time she's ever really stood up to Littlefinger. It's her showing him she's smarter and stronger and not one to be manipulated."
Whether we really needed to know the contents of the letter just yet is unlikely, for now at least - no doubt we'll see its contents and intended recipient in next week's episode, "No One", which is expected to have a huge impact on how the war for the North plays out.
Game of Thrones continues next Sunday with “No One” at 9PM on HBO.