Petyr Baelish’s relationship with the Starks has never been a smooth one. More often than not, he’s more than happy to take advantage of them, beginning with his obsession with Catelyn Stark and, most recently, manipulating Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). As Sansa has gained traction throughout the first six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) has come to see her potential as a ruler — and how her sitting on the Iron Throne would benefit him.
The first trailer for Game of Thrones’s seventh season dropped on Wednesday, and it revealed that Littlefinger will be more entwined with the Starks than ever before.
“Your father and brothers are gone, yet here you stand, last, best hope against the coming storm,” Littlefinger says in the trailer, probably in the middle of a self-righteous monologue. A shot of Littlefinger staring at Sansa accompanies his words, implying that it’s Sansa, not Jon, he’s speaking to.
Later in the trailer, two flashing shots of Littlefinger and Jon Snow, Sansa’s cousin and adopted brother, show them at each other’s throats, fighting in a darkened room. Knowing Littlefinger, he probably pushes Jon too far in that moment, either having stuck his nose where it didn’t need to be or manipulating Sansa in front of Jon.
Watch the official trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7 below.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16 on HBO.