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littlefinger book of the strangerAidan Gillen, known for his portrayal as Lord Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger on Game of Thrones was curiously absent from the first three episodes of season 6. The preview and the pics for fourth episode confirmed this return and EW caught up with the actor, asking about his role this season:

“For me, this time out, there’s a level of atonement in relation to Sansa and my misjudgment of Ramsay Bolton. A lot of what I’m up to is atonement and really trying to align myself the right people – though, I guess, I’m always doing that! I left Sansa married to a psychopath. It’s probably the one time we’ve seen Littlefinger slip up. He really didn’t know about him. He should have.”

And how can someone as cunning as Littlefinger didn’t see this coming? He adds:

“I know. To the viewers who have seen so much of Ramsay Snow, they’ve seen him do all these cruel acts. And you feel like the world knows his reputation. But in the world of our story everyone does not know. A lot happens behind closed doors, or closed gates. So I know it seems unlikely Petyr Baelish, who knows everything, would be unaware of his reputation and the depths of his cruelty. In a way, this shows a new side of him, a faltering, and I do want to make amends. I like Sansa, you know? So I’m trying to find something humane and gentle and maybe even warm in the midst of my treachery and calculation – which is pathological. That stuff is so much part of Littlefinger I barely notice it. I’m always talking to people about his “paternal warmth” and they’re like, “What are you talking about?” But you can only do what’s on the page.”

So is this season a sort of redemption for Lord Baelish where he is really trying to help Sansa and not being the self-serving man we are used to see? Gillen thinks so but he is also points out that when it comes to Littlefinger, you just cannot trust him:

“I’d like to think that’s what was happening. Ultimately, it always seems to be about him. He’s good at fooling people. If he had to, he’d fool himself too. I’d love to think his actions were not purely self serving.”

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