I’m rewatching Season 1 of GoT and I’m at the scene where Sansa’s sitting at the Tourney so very excited about watching the knights and the Mountain kills the guy right in front of her.
So the poor kid is traumatized, and in fact, most everyone looks very uneasy, and Petyr Baelish is just sitting there going on and an about the Hound’s origin story. And knowing what I know now, I have to wonder what the hell this man is thinking?
Originally, I thought it was a sort of well-meant warning to Sansa that this is a dangerous place, watch yourself, etc,, but the way Aiden Gillen is playing it, it’s way more skeevy.
He’s so into it, it’s like he’s getting off on being able to share this little piece of knowledge with this poor girl. Since he deals in secrets, I do think he thinks of it as a gift, but there’s an element of sadism too and hints of control: i.e. here, let me freak you out, I am the only one who can protect you.
But there is also more than a little sense here that Littlefinger is already pretty twisted. He is enjoying her discomfort, but if we could see what he was thinking it would run along the lines of: see, I may not be a hunk, but I’m cool, really I am.
I am reminded of the scene in the Young Poisoners Handbook where the protagonist freaks out the girl he’s crushing on by revealing a little too much of the stuff he’s into.