Challia wrote:I know that Baelish is a villain. A brilliant one.
What separates ASOIAF with other books is how there is no character that is the ultimate hero, or the ultimate villain. Even Joffrey who I personally consider to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever, cannot be considered the villain, because he's basically just a mean stupid spoiled brat. He's not even a real danger to the realm, because all he does is scream and torture those around him, not so much outside the castle.
At this point in the book and show so far, I would say Littlefinger is the most likely candidate to be considered the main villain of the show, just for the fact that he has created the most chaos and destruction. We cannot deny that he has done horrible things, maybe planning to do even more bad things, thus he deserves to be labelled as "bad". Whatever motives or intentions he had behind his actions, does not make it any less bad.
But is that all he is? A power hungry psychopath who will do absolutely anything to fulfill his own selfish ambition and giving the middle fingers to all the lords and ladies who looked down on him?
Absolutely not. Petyr is not a psychopath. He is very much capable of loving someone with all his heart, even risking his own life to win her favor. This bit is much obvious from all his childhood stories with Cat.
And I believe the fact that after giving his everything, yet Cat still broke his heart anyway, was the trigger that turns him into a power hungry ambitious young man. He's tired of being mocked and looked down, so he will do anything to rise to power.
PrettySiren wrote:I don't view him as seeking his own welfare, even from the show's standpoint, because what he offers to Sansa--that freedom--even in the show, he admits that they will both be killed if he "steals" her. He is risking his life for her.
Challia wrote:A newborn, beautiful woman, who wants to go home more than anything, and willing to pay a price.
As to how truthful his intentions are with Sansa, I am also still not 100% sure that he only has her best interest at heart. I do not buy the theory that he will be her knight in the shining armor. But at this point of her life, he is her best bet.
Why I ship them? It is because any interactions he had with Sansa, is the only time where I can see a glimmer of light for his character. As far as "grey character" goes, Petyr is pretty "dark grey". But every time he's with Sansa, he is honest, he is gentle, he is caring, he truly appreciates her. He becomes a lighter shade of grey.
I do think he's keeping her for some agenda, but I don't think he means to do her any harm. It's pretty clear in their later arc that petyr has definitely develop a soft spot for Sansa. Hence I don't think that Petyr would be forcing any kind of sexual harassment to her. That would be a very reckless move in their current situation, and reckless is the one thing that Petyr is obviously not.
Challia wrote:I want to believe their strange relation will proceed, they will become less strange in time and they will let us finally see a happy Sansa. And happy Petyr Baelish. Even if just for a moment. Even though this story is all about loss and suffering. I want to belive that for a tiny moment it could be something different.
I like how GRRM said the ending of ASOIAF would be bitter sweet. I like the fact that their relationship looks rather dark and twisted and not so easy to understand. The best thing about these two characters is that they both have masked on almost the whole time. They are not obvious, except maybe to each other. Everything is in the little details. And IMO that's what makes them so interesting. A typical happy ending love story where the knight in the shining armor saves the princess is far too Disney, and would actually make me kinda disappointed.
THen again knowing GRRM, there's no chance that it'll ever come to a Disney ending.