What Motivates Littlefinger on Game of Thrones? Actor Explains
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What Motivates Littlefinger on Game of Thrones? Actor Explains

The Game of Thrones character with the murkiest motivations has got to be Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). He killed Jon Arryn, he killed King Joffrey, and now he’s killed his wife Lysa. Why does he do these things? Aidan Gillen, who portrays Littlefinger, does his best to explain the ultimate schemer’s motivations.

Apparently, it all began when Littlefinger was a child. “Rejection and desire [motivate Littlefinger]. Humiliation early on, very early on,” Aidan reveals to TV Guide. “And not just from being a poor kid from the back of beyond, which is what he is, but you know he's been unlucky in love... He’s been rejected, if you like, by Catelyn Stark and humiliated then by Brandon Stark and slit from navel to here. I do have a scar there you saw somewhere in Season 1.”

Littlefinger’s past isn’t mentioned much on the show, but it’s good to know that Aidan has such a strong grasp of the character.

“It’s not just [what happened with Catelyn], but being put down and humiliated by people generally,” Aidan goes on to say. “I don’t think it’s a quest for absolute power. That’s not the drive. It’s just to put yourself in a position where people are not going to humiliate you again."

That said, "He’s not totally defensive. There’s a lot of glee actually in playing the game the way he’s playing it. It’s very satisfying to see your longterm plans come to fruition. He’s one of the smartest guys in the land. His plans are very well laid, and he sees way further ahead than a lot of other characters, so there’s an amount of actually enjoying the game. I don’t think it’s coincidental that he used the term ‘chaos is a ladder.’ We’ve seen that as the kingdoms become more unstable in the wake of the Red Wedding or some other stuff that comes up, he is calmer and calmer.”

Littlefinger’s latest stunt of pushing Lysa out the moon door is sure to release a ton of chaos in the Vale, so he must be feeling more calm than ever!

Source: TV Guide

Catch the next episode of Game of Thrones Season 4 on June 1, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.