George R.R. Martin Talks about Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from the Book to the Show
As we all know, our beloved TV series Game of Thrones is based on the book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Just like any other screen adaptation of a novel, there must be some changes made based on any reason so the book can fit the screen. Game of Thrones has made a lot of changes by cutting some characters and subplots. This is something that has to be done by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff because the book series are very long. It will take ages to portray every single action inside the book series. Besides cutting things, the show also changes some things that already exist in the book. Some changes run well, while others don’t. The good changes include the character Margaery Tyrell.
In the show, we know Margaery as a sneaky and interesting young lady. However, her book counterpart is not as interesting. Meanwhile, Robb Stark’s marriage is included in the not-so-good changes. From a touching commentary of honor, it is changed into a cliché where a couple wants to get married but they can’t but finally they still do.
Regarding Game of Thrones character changes, author George R.R. Martin has his own opinion on who is changed the most. When being interviewed for a documentary on Niccolo Machiavelli, he revealed that Westeros also had its own Machiaveli, which is Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Martin said that Littlefinger in the show was very different from Littlefinger in the book. It might be the character with the most difference between the book version and the show.
In one episode, there are two people talking about Littlefinger, while he was not present. Someone said, “Well, no one trusts Littlefinger” and “Littlefinger has no friends” (maybe you remember who said these lines). These statements are tru from the show-version Littlefinger but not for the book-version Littlefinger. In the book, everybody trusts Littlefinger, because he seems powerless. Besides, he is also friendly and helpful. He is willing to help Ned Stark, Tyrion, the Lannisters, and King Robert. He can always help, especially in raising money.
For King Robert’s banquets and tournaments, he always trusts Littlefinger when it comes to finance. Everybody is a friend of him. However, “there’s the Machiavellian thing”, said Martin. He is a helpful and funny person that you can trust and ask to do what you want. Then, he gets along with many people and is able to rise higher in the end.
Well, indeed it is a great difference. The show has turned a nuanced Littlefinger into a completely evil Littlefinger. The show Littlefinger is always cunning and full of plots and schemes. Of course, no one will trust him. It is not the actor Aidan Gillen’s fault though, because it is just the things he should do. So, what do you think? Do you have any other Game of Thrones character that you think is very different from the book version to the show version?