In Season 1, Tyrion was accused of hiring an assassin to try to kill Bran, a crime that he did not commit and was ultimately acquitted of (thanks to Bronn). But speaking of that original crime, who did try to have Bran killed way back when?
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While it would have made sense for Cersei or Jaime to hire someone to kill Bran since he saw them having sex, it actually wasn’t either of them, at least in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
The person who hired the assassin was actually Joffrey. Why Joffrey? While he had no idea what caused Bran’s fall (or who his real father was for that matter), he had an entirely different reason for trying to kill Bran that inadvertently implied the Lannisters in the crime. Joffrey overhears his “father” King Robert giving the opinion in a private conversation with someone that Bran “should be put out of his misery” after his paralyzation. Joffrey was always trying to impress Robert, so he thought a good way to do that was by hiring someone to put the boy out of his misery, thus granting his father’s wishes. Only a crazy person could turn a comment like that into murder, but then again, we are talking about Joffrey here.
So why did Littlefinger imply to Cat that Tyrion was behind the attempt on Bran’s life? Well, why does Littlefinger do anything? He loves chaos, and knows how to benefit from it, and Joff’s botched assassination attempt on Bran was an unexpected bonus in his plan to set the Starks and Lannisters against one another.