Last night's episode of Game of Thrones has everyone asking one question: What did the scroll say? On Season 7, Episode 5 — titled "Eastwatch" — a sneaky Arya Stark followed Littlefinger to find a hidden scroll. The only problem is the camera panned the words so quickly that viewers couldn't make out what it said. But, luckily for us, there is a whole section of the Internet completely devoted to unearthing GoT clues. So, let's explain exactly what that letter said and the conflict it might have set into motion.
Now, apparently, the letter is actually a major throwback to Season 1 when Cersei Lannister forced Sansa Stark to write a letter to her big brother, Robb Stark. In the letter, she urged him to name their father a traitor and surrender to the Lannisters. Of course, we as viewers know that was written under coercion but will Arya realize this? Or will she use this as more proof that Sansa is not loyal to their family? In case you forgot, check out the Season 1 scene below.
See? Sansa was totally coerced. She was only 13-year-old at the time and when she asked what would happen to her father, a cold-hearted Cersei replied with, "That depends on your brother and on you." She was desperately trying to save her father, not turn against him. Now, back to the scroll… read below for the full transcript.
Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.
Now, the problem with this letter is that Arya is already suspicious of her sister. In the episode, she accused her of planning for Jon's death so she could be Queen in the North (an accusation that Sansa didn't deny). And now she has a letter that shows she was luring her own brother (and mother) to pledge their allegiance to a king who beheaded their father. Yeah, that's not going to go over well.
However, if (and that's a big if) Arya is smart enough to realize that her sister didn't write this of her own accord she might have a chance to catch on to Littlefinger's devious scheme. Because let's not forget who led her to the letter… our guess is that Littlefinger is trying to drive a wedge between the Stark sisters in order for him to be able to manipulate Sansa to his advantage.
Obviously, the internet collectively lost their minds when Arya read the scroll. See some of the best reactions below:
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There's a lot of possible conflicts heating up heading into the final episodes of the season. Sansa and Arya have tension between them and all of their scenes end with words left unsaid. Jon Snow is on his way to fight the White Walkers — still unaware that he's a Targaryen, mind you — and then there's Sam and Gilly who unknowingly are sitting on what might be the biggest revelation in the entire series. NBD. It's never a dull moment in Westeros.