Spoilers below. Do not read if you haven't seen season 6, episode 7 of Game of Thrones: "The Broken Man."
While Jon talks smack to wildlings and Davos connects with 10-year-olds, it's up to Sansa to send the Game of Thrones spam mail across Westeros. Thanks to the robust subreddit r/GameOfThrones, fans desperate to know what she was writing in Sunday's episode now have an answer. Using prodigious Photoshop skills, user CreepyPancakes figured out what Sansa was up to with that clandestine note.
By zooming in on the image, flipping it around, enhancing it, and finally relying on the help of Reddit's desperate Thrones-fiends to fill in the blanks, Creepypancakes deciphered the following message:
…you promised to protect me … Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise … Knights of the Vale are under your command. Ride north for Winterfell. Lend us your aid and I shall see to it that you are … rewarded.
Earlier in the season, Sansa had been reluctant to rely on Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish because of the whole "accidentally selling her to a sadist/rapist/murderer/dog-enthusiast" thing. She's obviously out of options at this point. The note makes it pretty clear she's letting Littlefinger out of the dog house only so that her brother, Rickon, doesn't get devoured in Ramsay's.
This is not shocking, and basically what everyone expected. But there's also another theory floating around Reddit—that Sansa's not writing to Littlefinger, but Littlefinger's stepson, the heir to the Vale himself, Sweetrobin. As one theory puts it:
Sansa does not want to be beholden to Littlefinger, but she needs the Vale. And Sweetrobin is the only other character who can grant her those troops. By going around Littlefinger, she accomplishes her goal, without giving him leverage over her in the future. And she successfully undermines his position of authority in the process.
It's possible, but either way, it seems pretty certain that Littlefinger's going to need to get involved here. Unless he drags the raven carrying this desperate message right into the Vale's trash folder and shacks up with a queen in a warmer part of the world.