Petyr Baelish. Yuck. He's gross, his tone of voice is downright creepy, and he kisses little girls in the mouth, tongue and all, just because he feels like it.
Oh, and he is the one who orchestrated the whole civil war in Westeros, by pitting the Starks against the Lannisters with an elaborate series of lies and deceits. Where we are in the HBO show is that he's basically selling off our beloved (or behated) little Sansa to the horrible and sadistic Boltons. And let's not forget he pushed Lysa Tully to her death and played a part in murdering King Joffrey, but we can't fault him for those.
So recap: Littlefinger is evil. And yet -- you should root for him to win.
Why, you ask? Well, because he's good for Westeros, that's why. Don't let your petty and personal animosity for this self-made man to stop the wheels of history. Because we would all want to live in the world that Littlefinger wants to create.
Heck, we do live in the world that Littlefinger wants to create.
We Are the 99 Percent
Baelish was born a son to a minor lord in a forsaken part of the Seven Kingdoms. He had no hopes to get anywhere, but one step at a time he has managed to climb up the ladder. In this class-society mediaeval Westeros you can't play by the rules and expect to get ahead. And by the rules, I mean their rules.
Them. Lannister, Starks, Tully, Tyrells -- the whole lot of them. Born with their silver spoons up their golden behinds, highborn, with their servants and wards and groveling lords, all the while ignoring the rest of the population. Smallfolk they call them. We call them the 99 percent.
I'm talking about you. And you, and you. I'm talking about all of us.
Chaos Is a Ladder
So how can a Littlefinger get ahead? Well, by creating chaos, because as every good capitalist knows: with chaos comes great opportunity. That's how he got to be Master of Coin in King's Landing, with a seat on the small council included. That's how he got to be Lord of Harrenhall and later the de-facto ruler of the Vale.
So we despise him. Because author George R.R. Martin played us, as he has done repeatedly since we were introduced to his epic fantasy saga. Remember, we were sure Ned was the honorable hero that was bound to win. Then we were confident his gallant son and heir will avenge him. So Martin tricked us once more with Peter Baelish. He made us hate him.
But, think about it, if Littlefinger were to live right here in the 21st good old U.S of A, he would not need to kill anyone to move up. No, his merits would most likely get him to the positions of power he covets. Perhaps in politics, or in the financial sector (which would then make him a one-percenter, but in Westeros he's a 99 percenter).
So Lord Baelish is doing our dirty work for us. Don't get me wrong, he's not doing it for us. Oh, he's doing it for himself. He craves power. But he's working tirelessly to destroy an old and decaying world that none of us would want to live in. The new world he envisions is not as rigid as the existing one.
He has a dream, you might say. That one day, on the black banks of King's Landing, the sons of former high lords and the sons of former smallfolk will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
He has a dream that his little children will one day live in a kingdom where they will not be judged by the social station to which they were born, but by the content of their character.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every kingdom and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of the Seven God's children, lowborn and highborn, lords and peasants, knights and tradesmen, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old smallfolk spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Amen, Littlefinger. Amen, brother. Burn it, burn it all to the ground. You show them high lords what a smart upstart entrepreneur can do.
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