Warning: This post contains spoilers from both the Game of Thrones TV show and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
After a joyous reunion between Sansa Stark and Jon Snow in the opening scene of the fourth episode of Game of Thrones' sixth season, the siblings' happiness was quickly cut short by the arrival of a letter from Sansa's sadistic husband and current Warden of the North, Ramsay Bolton.
Dubbed the Pink Letter by readers of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, the note informs Jon that unless he returns Sansa to Winterfell, Ramsay will torture and murder Jon and everyone he loves.
However, some fans believe the repetition of the line, "Come and see," in the letter may hint at the fact that Ramsay was actually not its author. In an earlier scene in the episode, the long-absent Littlefinger pays a visit to Robin Arryn, bringing with him a birthday gift for the young lord. "Come and see," he says as he unveils the falcon he brought for the boy.
Seeing as details such as this are hardly ever coincidental in Thrones, let's take a deeper look at what else the conniving Petyr Baelish was up to Sunday. After giving Robin his present, he made quick work of convincing him to agree to rally the Knights of the Vale to march on Winterfell and rescue Sansa. While Littlefinger's feelings for Sansa may be genuine, we also know he brokered a deal with Cersei that makes him Warden of the North in exchange for getting rid of the Boltons. And what better way to ensure his victory than by manipulating Jon and Sansa to use their connections to the Wildlings and northern houses to form an army capable of defeating Ramsay?
“The Door,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.