Why The Catspaw Dagger Is Critical And How It Could Be A Gamechanger On ‘Game Of Thrones’

Spoilers ahead. Based on the hype, Episode 4 of Season 7 looks to be monumental. In the trailer for Episode 4, we see Daenerys Targaryen riding Drogon (possibly into battle, maybe against Greyjoy’s navy), plus Jon Snow is learning how to become a geological engineer so he can mine obsidian at Dragonstone, and Arya Stark’s return to Winterfell after seven seasons. In the latest trailer, we also see a familiar-looking dagger that features a black handle and blood-red jewel with a curved blade that can be seen here in a promotion for HBO Nordic’s for Season 7.

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The one-of-a-kind Valyrian steel dagger is called the “catspaw” for its association with the catspaw assassin who used it in the attempted murder of Bran Stark in Season 1, Episode 2 of “Game of Thrones.” That’s when Bran’s direwolf Summer thwarted the assassination attempt and killed the would-be murderer.


Later, Catelyn Stark goes to King’s Landing and shows Varys the knife and asks who he believes who would send an assassin to Winterfell to kill her son. Littlefinger then pipes up that he owned the dagger until he lost it to a bet to Tyrion Lannister.

The next time we see the unique dagger is on Ned Stark’s desk.

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The dagger seemingly disappears for seasons until it is prominently featured on Arya Stark’s hip in Season 7 promotional images for Entertainment Weekly. Meaning at some point Arya will have possession of the amazing and super rare knife.

The mysterious Valyrian steel dagger then disappears… until Episode 1 of Season 7. While Samwell Tarly is looking through a book about dragonglass at the Citadel library he stops on a page that shows the special weapon. Earlier this month, Samwell actor John Bradley told HuffPost that he was told to linger on that page during the shoot. “When we were shooting that scene, I was literally told make sure that you linger on this page,” said Bradley. “They were shooting over my shoulder and said make sure to linger on this page. Make sure we get a good shot of this page before you turn the page over.”

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In the preview trailer for Episode 4 of Season 7 the dagger appears again and this time it is unsheathed and seemingly ready to inflict some major damage. The dangerous dagger is shown in the promo for “The Spoils of War” and based on clothes and a ring it would seem that Petyr Baelish is wielding it.

This dagger has been passed around more than a high-quality prostitute at Littlefinger’s brothel. Seeing how much attention that an inanimate object has gotten throughout the series the dagger must possess special powers or meaning. We know that Valyrian steel is one of few things that can kill White Walkers, which we witnessed when Jon Snow kick some major ass in the North with his Valyrian sword Longclaw. When Westeros is crawling with snow zombies having one of the few Valyrian weapons in the kingdom could come in handy.

But how does Arya upgrade from Needle to a catspaw? One idea is that she kills Littlefinger. Remember how Sansa Stark orders to see all of Maester Luwin’s raven scrolls in his archives, which causes Littlefinger to give him a very concerned look?


The “Game of Thrones” Reddit has a possible explanation as to why Littlefinger is so worried about Maester Luwin’s records.

If this is the case then Petyr Baelish had better take his own advice that he gave to Sansa or he will be a potential White Walker.