Nucky Thompson Posted August 10, 2013 Share Posted August 10, 2013 It seems fairly evident at this point in the series that a Dance of Dragons 2.0 is about to happen as Daenerys will be fighting Aegon for the Iron Throne. The question here is who would be backing them. With the rivalry between the two schemers - Littlefinger and Varys, it seems likely that each of them will back one of the Targaryen claimants as they would appear to be the strongest two factions in the dynastic war. However, who would Littlefinger declare for, and who would Varys declare for?In the ADwD epilogue Varys declares that it is his intention to place Aegon on the throne for the most noble of reasons. However, we must not forget that this is Varys speaking, and he is known to be quite liberal with regard to the truth. His "little birds" are present in the room at that moment and there was a theory that his monologue was meant to feed false information to Illyrio, who may be the true master of the "little birds" since it is him who had provided them in the first place. If this is the case, then Varys' agenda may turn out to be quite different. He may be intent on backing Daenerys and this speech may have been nothing more than a diversion. His orchestrated attempt on Daenerys' life had failed and it may be argued that this was not due to Jorah's selflessness. As an agent of Varys, he may had been instructed to intercept the wine merchant and thus propel Drogo towards the "iron chair". Moreover, Varys urged Aerys to keep the gates of the capital closed, which points to him being a Targaryen loyalist. This might be at odds with Aegon's agenda if he truly is Blackfyre or simply son of Illyrio. Therefore, Varys' loyalty is a mystery as of this moment.Of course, there is also the conventional possibility that Varys is an Aegon loyalist and will support him and the Golden Company. If this was the case, his spies would tip the scales in favour of Aegon and counter Daenerys' dragon advantage - for some time, at least.Littlefinger, on the other hand, may be in a position to throw his support for Daenerys if she lands at the Vale since it would be easier for him to negotiate with her and seem like a helpful and loyal Lord Paramount - and one who hasn't been among the ones taking up arms against her father. This might be the case if Daenerys decides to roll over Pentos on her way to Westeros, as per the Tattered Prince's demand. Such a development would only serve to antagonize Illyrio further and make an alliance between her and Aegon impossible. Littlefinger's speech about the "three queens" certainly points in that direction, suggesting that he has intelligence on Daenerys and is including her in his plans. That may be the ultimate reason why he has simply holed up at the Eyrie and doesn't launch any offensives as of this moment. He may simply be waiting for the cavalry to arrive.However, Littlefinger is a practical man and with Sansa at his disposal, he may decide to marry her to Aegon and thus cement his position with this new powerful claimant who has suddenly appeared on the map. It is unlikely that with the conspiracy surrounding "Young Griff", Littlefinger could factor him in his plans and will have to modify them on the go. This will have interesting consequences on Harry the Heir (assuming that he is real, that is), and on Littlefinger's probable intention to marry Sansa himself. This may also be an argument for him supporting Daenerys, but it would mean that Varys was telling the truth, which seems to be a stretch. Varys may be have lied for different purposes, though - for example because he is an agent of the Others and his true allegiance lies with them, but this somewhat diverts us from the topic.Of course, there is also the option for Varys and Littlefinger being on the same team, but this would be quite redundant since those two would pretty much be in a similar role and wouldn't be able to contribute with their particular unique sets of skills. Therefore, them being on different teams and actively undermining each other is a more realistic scenario. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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