During the most recent episode of Game Of Thrones, Sansa Stark wrote a letter that was meant to remain something of a mystery in the eyes of the audience. But part of being a fan these days is refusing to let any mystery stand for too long, so one intrepid Reddit user named CreepyPancakes zoomed in, flipped, and brightened one brief shot of the letter to try to figure out what’s going on (you can check out the whole impressive process on Imgur). Here’s the initial image:
And here’s CreepyPancakes’ final product, which would certainly satisfy a movie cop asking some frazzled IT guy “Can you enhance that?”
Not every word is legible, but putting some educated guesses in brackets, here’s the most likely transcript:
You [promised] to protect me. […] Now you have [a chance] to fulfill your promise. [The 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 [well rewarded].
This confirms the most likely reading of that scene: Sansa is reaching out to her frenemy Littlefinger to take him up on his offer to lend the Vale army for her cause. The Eyrie forces could be crucial because Sansa and Jon Snow are having a hard time amassing an army to take back Winterfell from the Boltons, and Jon is eager to attack anyway. It’s a logical move on Sansa’s part, though her choice to keep it secret from Jon is odd, as was her choice to lie about her meeting with Littlefinger in the first place.
Even weirder, however, is the show’s decision to keep the letter a mystery for the audience since there’s not a real twist here. Why leave it ambiguous when the most expected outcome is correct? Especially because Game Of Thrones should know by now that there are no secrets it can keep from its fan base. At least not when CreepyPancakes is on the case.