Jamie Lannister, on 24 May 2012 - 10:49 AM, said:
Roose Bolton is not as bad as people make him out to be. He weighed up the pros and cons of his betrayal, and only made his move after Robb had botched all chances of victory.
I think you could actually argue the same thing about Petyr Baelish and his betrayal of Ned. When it comes down to it, he urged Ned to support Joffrey's claim and not to piss off the Lannisters, but he refused to do it (not that I blame Ned for this). Littlefinger looked at the pros and cons, and bet on the horse with the mountains of money and competent schemers like Cersei, Tyrion and Tywin rather than the one that was isolated, far from home, and showed little talent for politics. Not to mention, under King Stannis, Petyr probably would have been out of a job.
But the man has done loads
of other nasty things, so I'm sure this isn't the biggest or only factor in deeming him the most horrible person in Westeros. Though it can be said that Petyr Baelish hardly ever directly kills someone. He manipulates other people into doing the dirty work for him. But he doesn't put them under a spell or anything.... in the end, people have free will and make the decision to go along with his schemes/accept his bribes or not. So how far can you really
blame him for actions directly carried out by people like Lysa Arryn or Catelyn Stark under his influence? Just playing Devil's advocate here.
Edited by Lady Kraken, 24 May 2012 - 11:01 AM.