Is Game of Thrones all about the war between Varys and Littlefinger?
Varys and Littlefinger may seem to be minor players — but the maneuverings of the noble families of Westeros often seem to come back to their ongoing chess game. Also, in last night's Game of Thrones, Varys and Littlefinger articulate two very different philosophies, which help illuminate the divided loyalties you're seeing all over.
So Varys really seems to believe in "the realm," even after he acknowledges it's a fictional construct. It all goes back to the parable he told Tyrion last year, about the sellsword trying to decide whether to serve the rich man, the king or the priest. He knows that all these things are just shadows on the wall, but they still matter.
That's why Varys was so keen to stop Stannis, the worshipper of the Lord of the Light, from taking the throne, and why he worked with Illyrio Mopaitis, the merchant who sold Daenerys in marriage to Khal Drogo. And that explains Varys' concern for the well-being of the people, who after all make up the realm. Varys is a schemer, who gains influence by learning secrets and worming his way into people's confidence — but he doesn't want to live in a world that's entirely governed based on who's the best at scheming or fighting. And the only other way to wield power is through abstractions, like "the realm" or "the throne."
nice write-up of last nights episode... definitely a spoiler filled recap if you haven't seen it yet, so be warned... anywho, the one thing that really starting to show as this season progresses are the changes and differences between the tv show and the books – practically don't even know where to start, but for example, i don't even remember the Red Priestess and Thoros having a meeting like that in the books... or her taking Gentry for that matter. *blink*
loved the exchange between Varys and Littlefinger, and the old grandmother of High Garden talking to Lord Tywin was effin awesome.
"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."