The new season of Game of Thrones has created even more crazed and rabid fans than ever before. Aside from the fact that the show is teasing a book that has yet to be released, fans just want to know what happens to Jon Snow and Khaleesi.
And as die-hard fans know, any little hint or tidbit into the next episode needs to be carefully scrutinized.
So when Arya showcased a little note that just briefly flashed on TV screens around the Western world, you can assume that Redditors went right to work.
In the most recent episode, Arya Stark was seen finding a note that was hidden in Littlefinger’s mattress.
Although no amount of pausing and print screening could help decipher the message in real-time, a thread on a subreddit known only as r/gameofthrones quickly deciphered the coded message.
The deciphered message read: ‘Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne.’
The letter continued on by saying: ‘the Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.’
Another Redditor quickly chimed in by saying this was all an ingenious ploy by Petyr Baelish. The note was actually written by Sansa Stark under duress.
Littlefinger meant for Arya to find it so that he could pit the two Stark sisters against each other. And the end of the show depicts just that as the final shot is of Littlefinger watching Arya discover the hidden note.
And those behind the scenes of the show seem to agree. Writer and producer D.B. Weiss said: ‘Arya is very used to being more clever and more stealthy and smarter than any of the people she’s up against, and she hasn’t dealt with Littlefinger for a while.’
He continued on by saying: ‘so she gets roped into spying on somebody who’s actually leading her by the nose to something that he wants her to have. He’s looking for a way to prevent this sister bond from developing further because the tighter that bond is the more definitively he is caught on the outside of it.’