Yesterday, during my A Song of Ice and Fire Mysteries post (spoilers!), longtime reader Postal shared a link that took a solid chunk out of my day. It’s a 14,000 word essay on a Game of Thrones forum explaining what the author calls “the mad genius” of Petyr Baelish. Even those who only watch the show likely already recognize his coldness, cunning and smiling brutality that allows him to pull strings behind the scenes for his own benefit. Readers of the book have seen his plans evolve even further.
He’s always felt like one of the most dangerous characters on the show to me, and even though this esssay is mostly a really long summary of book events, it’s a fascinating read because I didn’t realize half of his plans were actually his, which is exactly the way he wants it. When you go back and really analyze what he’s done, he’s singlehandedly responsible for nearly all of the chaos in Westeros, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Read the essay here, but yeah, lots of book spoilers, so be careful.