Earlier this week, HBO released the official version of Sansa Stark’s letter from the Game of Thrones episode, “The Broken Man.”
If you’ve read the Game of Thrones episode, “The Broken Man,” then maybe you remember that there was a scene in the episode where we see Sansa writing a letter for help to someone not revealed to us yet. We don’t fully see the letter, only her signing it and stamping it with the Stark insignia. However, in the Making Game of Thrones blog, which is part of the HBO’s official Game of Thrones page, they released Sansa Stark’s letter given to Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, which you can read below:
Having this come from the official HBO site, I wouldn’t normally question it, but a few people have noticed something either the writers overlooked from the books, or they intentionally changed Brynden’s relation to the Starks. For in the books, Blackfish is Sansa’s great uncle, thus uncle to Sansa’s mother Catelyn. The letter would not be a problem just because Sansa wrote to him as “Uncle” instead of “Great Uncle,” however, she also writes this, “…The Boltons who murdered my brother and my mother-your sister…,” which would actually make Brynden a true uncle instead of a great uncle.
Now, if this was done on purpose, we have yet to know why this is a necessary change, or if it’ll mean anything at all. But it’s not like the writers and showrunners are averse to making changes, so who knows.
You might also recall in “The Broken Man,” Sansa wrote on a much thinner piece of parchment than the one above. And in the image below, according to Redditor CreepyPancakes, the message is quite different. The tone is more commanding in what CreepyPancakes had deciphered than the one above, and probably for good reason.
Here’s the tricky part. We see that when Brienne of Tarth delivers the letter to the Blackfish, it’s most definitely the size of the first image posted above.
So, if you’re understand what’s going on more than I am, than you already know that the letter we saw Sansa writing in “The Broken Man” is not the one that Blackfish reads in “No One.” We can thus safely assume that Sansa had written at least two letters. The thinner strip of a letter sounds more directed to Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, which was exactly what CreepyPancakes had concluded.