'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale: Things You Missed in 'The Dragon and the Wolf'—Littlefinger's Many Betrayals, Explained

Littlefinger dies on Game of Thrones
Littlefinger dies on "Game of Thrones" Helen Sloan/HBO

Holy Mother of Dragons. Game of Thrones may be over, but what a conclusion to Season 7.

Sunday's finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf," featured many pivotal moments in the GoT story. For the first time ever, Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) came face-to-face and it was every bit as tense as you would expect between the two queens. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) presented evidence that the threat of the army of the dead is real in order to draw a truce with Cersei, but soon after giving Dany and Jon her word that she'd supply troops to fight Night King beyond the wall, she later told her brother/lover Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) she has no intention of supporting her potential usurpers.

Elsewhere in the action-packed 80-minute episode, Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally got on the same page when they executed Littlefinger, a.k.a. Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), for all the betrayals he's engineered against the Starks. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) learned that Jon's real parents, Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, got married and that his name is Aegon Targaryen. More on that reveal here.

Now, with the big plot points out of the way, here are some of the callbacks you probably missed last night. Before sentencing the scheming Littlefinger to death, Sansa, Arya and Bran read off an entire laundry list of Littlefinger's misdemeanors over the last seven seasons. There have been so many that it's easy to lose track of how many times the arch-schemer has double-crossed and backstabbed people. Allow me to refresh your memory:

"You murdered our aunt, Lysa Arryn," Sansa charged Littlefinger.

Yep, guilty. He did that back in the Season 4 episode "Mockingbird," pushing his wife Lysa through the Moon Door and allowing her to plunge hundreds of feet to her death. The insult to injury in this scene was him admitting he never loved Lysa, but her sister—Sansa's mother, Catelyn.

"Earlier you conspired to murder Jon Arryn. You gave Lysa Tears of Lys to poison him."

Yep, guilty of that, too. In events pre-dating the very first episode of GoT, Littlefinger had Lysa murder her first husband, Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King to the Robert Baratheon. That precipitated a chain of horrible events that we have seen unfold over the last seven seasons.

In Season 4, Lysa admitted to poisoning Jon Arryn and, at Baelish's behest, writing a letter to her sister Catelyn claiming the Lannisters had him murdered. Catelyn received that letter in the very first episode back in Season 1. As a result, Ned Stark reluctantly agreed to become Robert's new Hand so he could investigate Arryn's death.

"The conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters, it was you who started it."

Guilty. This one is especially egregious considering all that has happened. Had Littlefinger not had Jon Arryn poisoned, Ned wouldn't have been the new Hand to the King, wouldn't have investigated the secret Jon allegedly discovered before his death—that Robert and Cersei's children are, in fact, the product of her affair with her brother Jaime—and he would not have been executed for treason after Robert died. And none of what happened after Ned's death—for example, the Red Wedding, Sansa being forced to marry twice, Arya's absence from Winterfell—would have happened either.

"You conspired with Cersei Lannister and Joffrey Baratheon to betray our father Ned Stark. Thanks to your treachery, he was imprisoned and later executed on false charges of treason."

Can you guess? Guilty. After giving Ned hints that helped him discover Cersei and Jaime's secret in Season 1, Littlefinger ultimately colluded with the Lannisters to have Ned killed. After Robert died, Ned questioned whether Joffrey was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, because he was not Robert's son, and ended up being killed for treason.

"You held a knife to his throat. You said, 'I did warn you not to trust me,'" Bran reminded Littlefinger.

That happened in Season 1, too. Bran, with his power of vision as the Three-Eyed Raven, would have been able to flashback to this moment.

In the Season 1 episode, "You Win or You Die," Ned told Littlefinger about his discovery that Joffrey was not Robert's real son—though, of course, Littlefinger knew this already. Littlefinger suggests they allow Joffrey to take the Iron Throne and then provide him counsel, effectively using him to do their bidding. The honorable Ned refuses this.

Later, when Ned refused to accept Joffrey as his king and tried to have him and Cersei taken into custody, Littlefinger betrayed him—presumably realizing Ned cannot be bent to his will—and held a knife to his throat in the throne room. Ned was imprisoned and then executed as a traitor.

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"You told our mother that this knife belonged to Tyrion Lannister. But that was another one of your lies. It was yours," says Arya.

Earlier in Season 7, Baelish gifted Bran a valyrian steel dagger—the very dagger an assassin used to try and kill him in Season 1 while he was lying in a coma, following his fall from the window at the hands of Jaime Lannister in the first episode.

Later, Catelyn Stark asks Varys and Littlefinger who the dagger belonged to. Littlefinger says it was his but he lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister, implicating the Lannisters in trying to have Bran killed and creating even more conflict between the two houses.

But it was, in fact, Littlefinger who had the assassin try to kill Bran, perhaps in order to blame it on the Lannisters and continue the conflict between the Lannisters and Starks. Remember, this was the same time that Ned was investigating Jon Arryn's murder, allegedly at the hands of the Lannisters.

But Catelyn believed Littlefinger at the time. She then took Tyrion prisoner, effectively fulfilling Baelish's desire for more discord between the Starks and Lannisters, and he was put on trial for the attempt on Bran's life and murder of Jon Arryn. He won via trial by combat, with Bronn fighting for him as his champion, and was acquitted.

"Protected me? By selling me to the Boltons?"

Yep. Guilty. Littlefinger engineered Sansa's marriage to Ramsay Bolton, the sadistic bastard son of Roose Bolton, who killed her family in the Red Wedding, to consolidate even more power. Ramsay raped and psychologically terrorized Sansa until she fled Winterfell and found solace with her brother, Jon Snow, who then beat Ramsay in the Battle of the Bastards. (Albeit with some help from Littlefinger.)

Littlefinger has had a lot of blood on his hands in the last seven seasons. So, it's pretty fitting that the final blood on his hands would be his own.

RIP Lord Baelish.

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