George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones masterpiece has been a good example of how to make a great political thriller mystery, all rolled into a very seductive and action-packed series care of HBO.
And while the big players that we've been vetting and betting on for the past few seasons have been pretty steady—Mother of Dragons Dany, New King of the North Jon Snow, and the still scheming Queen of the Seven Kingdoms Cersei—we may actually be overlooking two of minor characters that are seated in the fringes of power.
Worse, these two know how to wield the power even if they stay out of the spotlight. These two are Varys and Littlefinger, the two sly side characters who seem to have no intent or craving for power, but are already grasping at it.
Huffington Post brought up a good theory backed with a recent interview with actor Conleth Hill, who plays Varys in the Game of Thrones series. While Hill doesn't commit to any of the theories, he does tease a potential power play coming up:
"I can tell you that I loved working with Aldan Gillen (Littlefinger) and I can tell you that it's possible we work together again. But not definite."
That disclaimer at the end is really frustrating, for the most part. But it's not that hard to imagine the two being the biggest puppeteers in the show. The theory also holds, since one of them is sided with the North, while the other stands behind the Mother of Dragons together with her fleet.
The theory is that Varys aims to be in control of Dany's fire, while Littlefinger is looking to control the Stark family's ice, in keeping with the original novel's title, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Still, I can't help but hope that they're actually working as puppeteers to bring some kind of allegiance to these houses. After all, Snow is a Targaryen, and if Dany's motives about taking the throne in the direction away from the Mad King's rule remains, I don't see why these characters can't live in peace. Then again, this is Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones will be back on HBO for its seventh season this summer.