Reflections: Game of Thrones

If you have not read Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, or watched the first series the book’s namesake – please consider this your spoiler warning as the rest of this blog’s contents will detail the events that are contained within them.

Book completed: April 24th 2012 

Reflections on ‘Game of Thrones’


Played by Rory McCann

Sandor Clegane – the Hound

I’m curious why the HBO series uses Petyr Baelish, or Littlefinger, as the device to communicate the history of The Hound’s facial affliction with Sansa Stark. I think that by taking it away from Sandor the audience loses the opportunity to connect with emerging relationship between Sansa and Sandor.

You don’t get the same weakness from the character letting in Sansa but instead gain a better understanding of the way that Baelish is willing to play the Game of Thrones – to hook other characters to his service in an attempt to keep all of the plates spinning at the same time.

Played by Aiden Gillen

Lord Petyr Baelish – Littlefinger, Master of Coin

It’s not a detail I particularly focused on when the TV show was showing but when Baelish frames the Imp for the attempted murder of Bran Stark at Wintefell it doesn’t make any sense to me.  Tyrion’s brother Jaime doesn’t look like the kind of character, with the affections he has shown Tyrion, to want to set him up.

Baelish didn’t travel to Winterfell with Robert Baratheon and the rest of his party. The only logical conclusion that makes sense is that Cersei has instructed Baelish to do it. Whether the dagger was Jaime or Tyrion’s surely it wouldn’t matter, whichever Lannister it was, as both would provoke a potential war with the Stark’s.

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