Game of Thrones has become so pervasive one can find references to it just about anywhere. Thus it came to pass that GRRM was invited to participate in a BBC documentary on Niccolo Machiavelli. Among other things, he names Petyr Baelish as the most Machiavellian of his characters, and discusses how he is the one that changed most in the adaptation from the books to the show. Watch the full interview below. There was a a line in a recent episode of the show where, he’s not even present, but two people are talking about him and someone says ‘Well, no one trusts Littlefinger’ and ‘Littlefinger has no friends.’ And that’s true of television show Littlefinger, but it’s certainly not true of book Littlefinger. Book Littlefinger, in the book, everybody trusts him. Everybody trusts him because he seems powerless, and he’s very friendly, and he’s very helpful. /…/ But of course there’s the Machiavellian […]
Ever since reading Martin’s “The Great Gatsby” review where he compared Littlefinger to the titular character, I always thought he was whitewashing his creation a little too much. But one thing I’ll say makes sense is that canon Littlefinger definitely puts on the show of being mensch, unlike adaptation Littlefinger.
Tywin: Any man who must say, “I am the king” is no true king. I’ll make sure you understand that when I’ve won your war for you.
I like the look on all of the Council’s faces, like “Whoah, Joff, we can’t even pretend you’re the real one in power anymore.” :p