George R.R. Martin says Littlefinger 'would never have turned Sansa over to Ramsay' if he had his way
Sophie Turner and Aidan Gillen as Sansa Stark and Littlefinger on HBO's "Game of Thrones". HBO
Since the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" fans have been debating why Littlefinger didn't seem to know Ramsay's reputation and why he would have turned Sansa Stark over to him.
In a new book by James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, "Fire Can't Kill a Dragon," writer George R. R. Martin confirms that his version of Littlefinger would not have made that mistake.
"My Littlefinger would never have given Ramsay to Sansa," said Martin. "Never. He's obsessed with her [...] He won't give her to someone who would do bad things to her. That will be very different in the books."
In the books currently published, Sansa is still safe in the valley and another girl was married to Ramsay.
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Since the season five premiere of Game of Thrones, fans have been discussing a major change in George R. R. Martin's original novels. Instead of keeping Sansa Stark in the valley, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish married her to the sadistic Ramsay Bolton.
In a new book by James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, "Fire Can't Kill a Dragon," Martin points out that this particular storyline would never have occurred in his version of the characters.
"My Littlefinger would never have given Ramsay to Sansa," Martin said in an interview for the book. "Never. He's obsessed with her. Half the time he thinks she was the daughter he never had - that's what he wishes if he'd married Catelyn. And half the time he thinks she is Catelyn, and.. he wants her for himself. " ""
"He won't give her to someone who would do bad things to her. It will be very different in the books," he added.
Fans had a big problem with Littlefinger's blind spot when it came to Ramsay on the show
Sansa and Ramsay on their wedding night in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. HBO
Littlefinger's overall reputation in both the books and the show was his incredibly detailed knowledge of the inner workings of most of the noble families in Westeros. That said, he should have known that Ramsay poses a direct threat to Sansa's physical and emotional well-being.
Throughout season five, entire fandom discussions on Reddit were devoted to analyzing Littlefinger's motivations: was he even interested in Sansa, or was she just a pawn in his game?
In season six, Sansa escaped Ramsay's clutches and confronted Littlefinger by voicing what many fans had been wondering all along.
"Did you know about Ramsay?" Sansa asked Littlefinger. "If you didn't know, you are an idiot. If you did, you are my enemy."
But the show's universal explanation was simply that Littlefinger's intelligence had a huge blind spot when it came to the Boltons. Littlefinger tried to apologize to Sansa, telling her that he didn't know and that he had "underestimated a stranger".
"Ramsay isn't widely known as psycho," said the series' co-producer and writer Bryan Cogman in Hibberd's new book about the show. "Littlefinger doesn't have that intelligence. He just knows that the Boltons are scary and creepy and not fully trustworthy."
In Martin's most recently published book, Sansa is still in the valley and Littlefinger married another girl to Ramsay instead
Aidan Gillen as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in "Game of Thrones". Helen Sloan / HBO
In the books, Sansa is still safe in the valley while Littlefinger carries out his traumatizing machinations on another young girl - Jeyne Poole.
Jeyne was Sansa's childhood best friend and grew up with the Stark children in Winterfell. She ended up in Littlefinger's care, who in turn decided to use Jeyne's knowledge of Winterfell to pass her off as Arya Stark. In the books, Jeyne (disguised as Arya) is the one married to Ramsay Bolton and used as a farmer to control the north.
Jeyne appears in an early Game of Thrones scene sitting next to Sansa during a party in Winterfell. But she wasn't mentioned or seen again on the show. When it came time to explore the Bolton property to the north, the showrunners used Sansa in their place. This meant that Sansa, not Jeyne, was brutally sexually assaulted by Ramsay on their wedding night and tortured for many weeks afterwards.
"Without Jeyne, they used Sansa for this," Martin said in the new book on HBO's show, which ended after eight seasons in 2019. "Is that better or worse? You can make your decision there. Strangely enough, I never got a kickback." for that in the book, because nobody cared that much about Jeyne Poole. You take care of Sansa. "
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