Even though he was introduced back in Season 1 of Game of Thrones and has received plenty of screentime since, fans are still wondering—what is Littlefinger’s motivation? Fan theories about Littlefinger abound, but it’s difficult to process, because so little is known about the inner workings of Petyr Baelish’s mind. One of the most exciting and intriguing theories making the rounds is fairly simple, but has explosive implications—Littlefinger is a Faceless Man.
Theories about Littlefinger and the House of Black and White have been around for a while, but recent contextual clues have given fans even more reason to believe in a direct connection. As always, there are more than a few branches of this line of thinking, and much is still up in the air. However, if true, these theories would finally help explain the secretive motivations behind all of Petyr Baelish’s Machiavellian machinations. Chaos may be a ladder, but where does that ladder lead? Perhaps the God of Death is the answer.
Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger, has risen to a place of prominence in Westeros, despite coming from relatively humble family origins. Littlefinger's nickname comes from the fact that his family lords over a small portion of land on the smallest of the “Fingers,” digit-like peninsulas that jut off the east coast of Westeros.
Petyr is only a second-generation lordling, as his father was the first Baelish to finally earn a small parcel of land and an old flint tower. Petyr’s grandfather was a landless hedge knight who crafted a sigil based on the Titan of Braavos, a landmark from the birthplace of his own father. Braavos also happens to be the location of the House of Black and White, the headquarters of the Faceless Men.
Littlefinger’s motivations are murky at best, but his remarks that “chaos is a ladder” shed some light onto his life's mission. He simply aims to create chaos, selfishly, to enhance his station in life. However, his desired end remains unclear.
Reddit user NippleBeardTM thinks Littlefinger’s near-nihilistic worldview hints at some pretty fringe personal beliefs and that those beliefs might be tied to the House of Black and White and the Faceless Men. Like them, Littlefinger appears loyal to no cause but his own, and has no preference for which men or women sit on the Iron Throne, as long as he benefits.
The House of Black and White and the Faceless Men worship what they call “The Many-Faced God,” a concept that can be better understood as death itself. It would make sense if Littlefinger believed in some sort of death cult, as Reddit user NippleBeardTM points out, since few other Game of Thrones characters have caused as much death as Petyr Baelish.
Littlefinger kicked off the entire conflict of A Song of Ice and Fire, including the War of the Five Kings and the conflicts it spawned, and had a personal hand in the deaths of major characters like Ned Stark and Joffrey Baratheon. If Littlefinger wants to pay tribute to the Many-Faced God, he’s doing a great job of it.
In Season 7 of Game of Thrones, a lot of fans were upset by how easily Petyr Baelish snuck up on Arya Stark, ninja wunderkind, observing her from the shadows. There should be no way for an ordinary person to win a game of stealth against a trained assassin, and Arya has plenty of experience being stalked. If Littlefinger had received similar training to Arya in the House of Black and White, however, it would explain his soft-shod sneakiness.