As Season 7 of Game of Thrones pushes forward, we are getting more and more callbacks to the first season of the show. A lot of these references can easily slip under the radar so you probably missed them. But there was one in “The Spoils of War” that was hard to overlook.
At the end of the episode, Littlefinger hands Bran Stark the catpaw dagger — the specific weapon that an assassin tried to kill Bran with in “The Night Lands,” before being fought off by Catelyn Stark and Bran’s direwolf. So why did Littlefinger want him to have it and more importantly, how will it come back into play?
Here are seven theories on how the familiar weapon can become important in the future.
1. It could be physical evidence of the Lannisters’ murder plot
By now, the Starks are well aware that the Lannisters are their enemies. But they still don’t know how far their betrayal goes. They also have a hard time proving it to others. But this dagger from Bran’s assassination attempt could help blow their betrayal wide open.
It’s unclear who exactly owns the dagger. We just know it was in the assassin’s possession when he came into Bran’s room — while he was unconscious — to kill him. The attempt was stopped by Catelyn and Bran’s direwolf. After the attack, she tried to find the origins of the dagger to find out who was behind the murder plot. Littlefinger told her it was his, but he lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister.
Catelyn is no longer around, but Bran and Littlefinger are and since they have the dagger, this could convince the individuals still loyal to the Lannisters to turn to the other side.