Dec. 05, 2010
60 min.
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Game of Thrones

In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Great Houses (Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Arryn, Martell, Tully and Tyrell) fight among themselves for a right to rule the Iron Throne. Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea bigger threats are rising until its a right moment to take a revenge. Based on R.R. Martin's novels.

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Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones
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Aidan Gillen (born Aidan Murphy on 24 April 1968) is an Irish stage and screen actor, best known in the ...

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Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is the Master of Coin, the Treasurer of the Seven Kingdoms. He is an ambitious man who is skilled in finance and Court intrigue. Although he is a Lord, the title is not worth much because his ancestral holding is an extremely small and poor stretch of land on the Fingers, in the Vale of Arryn. A ward of Lord Hoster Tully, he was reared at Riverrun with Hoster's daughters Catelyn, whom he loved, and Lysa, who loved him.

When Catelyn was betrothed to Brandon Stark, Petyr challenged Brandon to a duel for her hand in marriage. Brandon won, but Petyr's life was spared at Catelyn's behest. Later, while Petyr was miserable over his rejection, Lysa had sex with him and conceived a child. Hoster learned about this and tricked her into drinking a potion to abort the pregnancy. Petyr was then sent back to the Fingers, as he was too low-born to marry Lysa. After Lysa married Jon Arryn, she convinced Jon to make Petyr a Customs official. His skill in commerce started his quick rise to the position of Master of Coin.

Shortly before the events of the series, he convinced Lysa to poison her husband and write a letter naming House Lannister responsible. He aggravates the alliance between House Stark and House Lannister by lying to Catelyn and telling her that the dagger used in an attempt to kill her son belonged to Tyrion Lannister. He also helps Ned Stark investigate Jon's death by retracing the investigation Jon made shortly before dying.

Petyr promises to help Ned reveal that Cersei Lannister's children are not those of King Robert, but he betrays Ned and helps arrest him. He brokers an alliance between House Lannister and House Tyrell. He then returns to King's Landing with the Tyrell army in time to rescue the city. For his efforts, he is made Lord of Harrenhal, though the castle is under rebel control and he never sets foot in it. With House Tully removed from power, he is also named Lord Paramount of the Trident in their place. His new-found status gives him the social standing necessary to marry Lysa. He is ordered to marry her and bring the Vale, which has remained neutral in the ongoing civil war, under the control of the Lannisters.

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