Episode 7 of Game of Thrones’ sixth season saw Sansa Stark and her half-brother, Jon Snow, try to rally the North and help them take back Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton. However, things did not go completely as planned, and Sansa had to write a letter to help drum up an army. But what did the letter say? And who did she send it to?
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information and speculation about Episode 7 (titled “The Broken Man”) of HBO’s Game of Thrones sixth season. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
When Jon Snow (Kit Harington) wanted to attack Winterfell with a much smaller army than Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon), Sansa was concerned. So concerned, in fact, that she hastily wrote a letter. But what was in that letter? And who is it being sent to? Well, one dedicated Game of Thrones fan, enlarged an image of the letter and used their skills to make a fair approximation of what the letter actually said.
By taking a screen shot of the moment when Sansa is writing this letter in Episode 7 of Game of Thrones and rotating the image so it is, effectively, right way up for viewing, the Redditor, Creepy Pancakes, managed to get a fairly clear shot of Sansa’s letter. It was then a matter of both writing over the clear words (seen in black in the image below) and making assumptions about the other words that were illegible (seen below in red) to deduce what the letter said.
“[…] you promised to protect me […] Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise […] Knights of the Vale are under your command. Ride north for Winterfell. Lend us your aid and I shall see to it that you are […] rewarded.”
So, it now becomes fairly clear that Sansa was sending a letter to the Vale. But why? Because, in previous episodes of Game of Thrones, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) had rallied the army of the Vale to Sansa’s cause, unbeknownst to her. Then, when Sansa confronted Littlefinger about how much he knew about Ramsay Bolton before he married her off to him, he let slip that the knights of the Vale would be very sympathetic to her cause. Episode 7 saw Sansa and Jon run out of luck with rallying a decent army against Ramsay Bolton. Therefore, when Jon wanted to attack Winterfell anyway, it seems Sansa saw sense, swallowed her pride, and sent word to her family at the Vale, asking for their assistance. Time suggests this letter is actually being sent to Littlefinger. After all, he is really the person that runs the Vale. However, it is just as likely Sansa’s letter is being sent directly to the Vale and her cousin, Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli), for he is the one who officially has the knights of the Vale under his command. Although, it is actually Littlefinger who promised to protect Sansa, not Robin, so fans can make of the letter what they will and decide for themselves just who will receive it before it is revealed in subsequent episodes of Game of Thrones.
What did you think of Episode 7 of Game of Thrones sixth season? Do you think the knights of the Vale will help out Sansa and Jon? Let us know by commenting below!
Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 8, entitled “No One” on Sunday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET.
According to Time, the official synopsis is as follows.
“While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test.”
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