Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:35 PM
My thoughts on this scene:
- Better than the scene in the first episode with him and Cersei, which made him look quite stupid. Being more concerned about his personal profit than the reason Ros is upset is not out of character for Littlefinger, IMO. I have a little doubt that LF is going to confess his life story to this woman, leave her in charge of the brothels (and presumably some spying that goes on there) and then threaten her so obviously- as people have said, LF tends to get his way by making people trust him- but I can just about overlook that aspect.
My main issue with this scene stems from the fact that Littlefinger-as-only-a-pimp is kind of becoming more overt. Yes, he owns brothels, and yes, he hides Cat in one. He also invests in many other businesses, he has installed men loyal to him in several roles in King's Landing, he buys and sells at a profit- he is extraordinarily financially capable, which is WHY he is the Master of Coin (and not only does it explain why he was brought in to do this job, despite his low birth, it also serves to give us more evidence that Littlefinger is very clever and capable). Otherwise, he's just a man who got rich owning brothels, which doesn't take a huge amount of financial acumen. Now, I understand that in the books, we mostly heard about these through the eyes of other characters, such as Tyrion, however, in the books, we also don't have him appearing at the brothel every other scene- not to mention, auditioning prostitutes, dealing with customer complaints, etc, which he surely wouldn't have the time to do. We have seen nothing of his other activities, despite the fact that, if they wanted to expand Littlefinger's character, they could quite easily have shown him selling positions, etc.
I doubt anyone here who doesn't think the scene is entirely fitting with LF's character isn't doing it because they think Petyr Baelish is really a morally upright righteous dude. I think it's the WAY his evilness, if you like, is portrayed that I think presents an issue. He is meant to be not only a skilled player of the Game of Thrones/ manipulator of people (which got knocked last episode by him threatening Cersei), but also very skilled with finances and various investments (and is instead coming across as someone who got rich through just one enterprise).
I'm not sure WHY they can't seem to get the LF scenes right this season. I don't know if it's that they're trying to add in extra stuff for him to do, because he is a major character, but aren't really sure how to go about it, or if they've just decided they can't do without extra nudity and have decided that Littlefinger is an easy ticket in that direction. I really hope it's not the latter, as they've written him pretty well in the past, IMO, and one hopes that when his main arc of the season kicks off (which will presumably be negotiating with Renly/ the Tyrells), they'll right themselves again.