Where do Whores Go: A Theory on Littlefinger and Tysha
Dr Pepper asked me to repost this theory since it was buried among lots of other threads. So here it is, the reworked Theory on Littlefinger and Tysha.
In AGOT, we learn about Tyrion's first wife Tysha, and how Tywin smashed Tyrion's relatively happy married life with cruelty and violence. Tyrion tells Bronn this story while in the Vale. Throughout ACOK and ASOS, Tyrion does not reflect much, if anything at all, on Tysha. It's there in the background, but not really brought to the forefront. Then in ASOS, Tyrion is married to Sansa Stark, he kills Shae and Tywin, and he ends up in Essos in ADWD, and here it changes. Suddenly, Tysha is brought up a lot. We kept being reminded about "Where whores go" and that Tyrion still views Tysha as his wife.
Enter Littlefinger. Littlefinger stole away Tyrion's wife Sansa Stark. Lord Baelish has great plans for her, which will most likely end up with LF somehow getting his hands on her himself eventually since he views her as Cat 2.0, the new and improved model, and all in his clutches. In the last chapter in AFFC, LF has arranged for Sansa to marry Harry the Heir, but for the marriage to happen he needs Sansa's old marriage to Tyrion to be removed. Littlefinger was coldly banking on Tyrion dying after Joffrey's poisoning, but Tyrion hasn't died, which means LF will need a shortcut to get Sansa's marriage annulled. LF strangely does not seem very worried about this fact. This is more than a little odd considering how severe and devout the current High Septon is. We saw how the Faith treated Cersei and Margaery, and we know that for an annulment to take place, at least one of the injured parties needs to apply for an annulment to the High Septon in person (as per "So spake Martin").
Now, we know that LF knows that Tyrion has been married before, and we also know that LF knows a surprising amount of details about the event since he tells Sansa some of them (he keeps the gang rape of Tysha quiet, but it's obvious what he is hinting at for the reader).
Littlefinger is known for using imposters, which is already lampshaded by him bringing out a fake Arya to marry the Bastard of Bolton. He cannot bring Sansa to Kings Landing, as she is accused of regicide and currently hidden away in the Vale. If he cannot bribe the High Septon (unlikely) then he needs another way to remove Sansa's marriage. So why doesn't he simply trot out Tyrion's first wife, who then swears that the evil, evil sinful Lannisters didn't annul the marriage, but just sent her on her way. The High Septon already has a very negative view of the Lannisters through our dear Cersei, so he would surely be prone to believing anything bad about them. Tyrion being a kinslaying, kingslaying dwarf probably doesn't help his cause either. Wtih Tyrion exiled, Tywin dead, Kevan murdered, Jaime lost in the Riverlands and Cersei wingclipped,
there are few, if any, Lannisters left who can put up a fight.
Hence, all LF needs to do is bring out "Tysha".
Hell, make it even worse: where do whores go? Well, to LF brothels. Maybe LF knew where the real Tysha was all the time? I don't think he needs to, but it would provide a neat answer to Tyrion's question. In the end, he only really needs to know that there was a Tysha, and he needs to know enough details about the story to be able to train a believable imposter, then he's good to go.
Personally I tend to believe it will be fake Tysha due to the fake Arya lampshading. Sansa's plot armour needs to be removed if the threat from LF and Harry the Heir marriage is to become real. This will also be the clincher that will seal Sweetrobin's fate, since without Sansa being free to marry, LF needs Sweetrobin alive. However, if Sansa's marriage is annulled, Sweetrobin's days are numbered.
It resolves a lot of plot threads and makes Sansa's situation more perilous, forcing her into action. It also puts Sweetrobin in direct mortal peril from Littlefinger, who will want him to "get sicker". It would also provide some devastating news for Tyrion when he comes back to Westeros, that supposedly, Tysha still lives and still considers them married.
From a humanitarian point of view, it's far better to prioritise Sweetrobin's health than how the leadership problems in the Vale are going to pan out. Sansa will have to choose: power play, or Sweetrobin's life, I think. The conflict is made more beautiful by way of Sweetrobing being a fairly trying and rather repulsive child. It makes it the simpler choice to just let him die already, especially since he is ill too. It looks like it may be a real test of Sansa's character: which "father" will she take after? Ned Stark, or Petyr Baelish. Ned would have saved Sweetrobin if he could, because it would have been the right thing to do, while Littlefinger's stance we already know: once Sansa is free to marry again, Harry will become the new head of house Arryn and Sweetrobin will have to be sacrificed.
Note also the thematic location of the Vale, which was where Tyrion first told Bronn about Tysha. It's also worth noticing how we were made to pay attention to Tysha and her marriage to Tyrion throughout the novels. It's mentioned by LF to Sansa as early as ASOS as well, when she is about to arrive in the Vale. Hence it has already been placed within the Sansa/LF/Sweetrobin/Vale storyline more than once.
Added clarifications on assumptions made posted by butterbumps! for those who are unfamiliar with the Littlefinger/Sansa/Tyrion situation:
- It would be a great danger to Sansa to ride into Baelor's sept and annul her marriage to Tyrion. Even if the Lannisters no longer have power, there is still incredible risk in doing this, not least of which is because she would be charged as a kingslayer by the Septon.
- Since a marriage must be annulled by one of the people in the marriage itself, this casts doubt on the legality of the annulment Tywin sought, and means that one of the 3 people in question must appear before the Septon to make this official. Tysha- real or fake- seems like the most plausible person to step forward and do this. Besides, LF seems to suggest that he has an ace up his sleeve that might suggest he's produced some way to annul Sansa's marriage easily.
- Riffing off LF:s plans here: Safely in the Eyrie, Alayne can reveal herself as Sansa. As Sansa, she weds Harry the Heir, joining the power of Winterfell and the Vale, to what end for LF, only the gods know. But between the distance from KL and the fact that this reveal and marriage will bring Sansa hard power, this will protect her, so that if she becomes known as Sansa, she will have the forces and fealty to oppose those who might try to bring her down. ETA: I don't mean to imply that she's the heir to Winterfell, but just the fact that she is Sansa might bring at least the Riverlands to her cause, if not the Northmen (who are otherwise engaged at the moment).
EDIT: To throw another curve ball regarding Sweetrobin, GRRM has neither confirmed nor denied that Sweetrobin is really Jon Arryn's son, he just said something vague about DNA not being invented or some such. Sweetrobin is very small for a boy, even considering his disease perhaps, and Jon Arryn is said to have been a man of rather large stature. If Littlefinger is indeed Robert Arryn's real father, that would make the whole thing extra tragic since LF will try and murder his own son to get ahead.
Edited by Lyanna Stark, 17 April 2014 - 01:25 AM.