In Game of Thrones season 7, instance 4, “The Spoils of War,” a specific dagger makes a reappearance after six periods. Made of Valyrian steel and once wielded by an assassin delivered to kill the just lately hurt Bran Stark in season one, the knife shows up in Littlefinger’s hands, as he gives it to Bran in an apparent try to forge a connection between them. Bran, who has no functional use for the dagger as the Three-Eyed Raven, bequeathes it to Arya, who wields it well in a spar against Brienne of Tarth.
In season one, the assassination look at on Bran, and the next suspicion Littlefinger places on Tyrion Lannister for being behind the look at, helps induce the warfare between House Stark and House Lannister, which was likely Littlefinger’s aim. (Chaos, in the end, is a ladder that provides opportunities for ambitious men, as Littlefinder once advised Varys — a quote Bran throws back in his face, as a hint that he’s seen more of Littlefinger’s habit than any double-dealing schemer could want.) While the show hasn’t explored who’s truly behind the assassination try out, in George R.R. Martin’s novels, Tyrion later hypothesizes that Joffrey was behind the assassination attempt, for some quite elaborate and not totally convincing reasons. Since Joffrey and Catelyn already are dead, it’s unlikely the show will revisit this exact tidbit. However, Littlefinger does indeed openly explains to Bran he doesn’t know who the dagger belonged to prior to the assassination attempt, checking the possibility of different revelations about who may have had involved in the look at on Bran’s life.
Within the show’s version of occasions, the dagger previous came out in Catelyn Stark’s hands as she tried out to find who was simply responsible for the assassination make an effort. But after she passed away at the Red Wedding, the dagger vanished. Perhaps Littlefinger experienced Catelyn’s things? Or went to her remains? He’s certainly not without unsavory methods to acquire what he would like.
As Littlefinger moves the notorious edge to Bran, he mentions another, less intriguing dagger: the private one used to cut Catelyn’s throat through the Red Wedding. He wished to stop that a person, he says. Why help remind Bran of his failures to protect either Bran or his mom? Valyrian metallic is valuable, but it’s still an awfully strange present. Still, it’s worthy of noting that Valyrian metal can eliminate White Walkers, and now Arya has a tool in her hands that’s certainly heading to turn up again in a significant way at some point in the series