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{{Quote|You told our [[Catelyn Stark|mother]] this knife belonged to [[Tyrion Lannister]]. But that was another one of your lies...it was yours.|[[Arya Stark]] to [[Petyr Baelish]] about the dagger, shortly before executing him with it|The Dragon and the Wolf}}
 
{{Quote|You told our [[Catelyn Stark|mother]] this knife belonged to [[Tyrion Lannister]]. But that was another one of your lies...it was yours.|[[Arya Stark]] to [[Petyr Baelish]] about the dagger, shortly before executing him with it|The Dragon and the Wolf}}
An unnamed '''Valyrian steel dagger''' is used by a [[catspaw]] during an assassination attempt on [[Bran Stark]]. Although the blade is plain, it is finely made of [[Valyrian steel]] and has a smooth [[Dragonbone|dragonbone]] hilt.
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An unnamed '''Valyrian steel dagger''' was used by a [[catspaw]] during an assassination attempt on [[Bran Stark]]. Although plain in design, the blade is finely made of [[Valyrian steel]], and the smooth hilt is made of [[Dragonbone|dragonbone]]. This dagger would indirectly begin the [[War of the Five Kings]] and, years later, end the [[Great War]] when [[Arya Stark]] used it to kill the [[Night King]].
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
   
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
The dagger first appears in the possession of the [[catspaw assassin|assassin]] who was paid to kill [[Bran Stark]] while he is in a coma in [[Winterfell]], following his fall.
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The dagger is carried by the assassin who attempted to kill Bran as he lays in a coma at [[Winterfell]], following his fall from a tower. The attempt is thwarted by Bran's mother [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]], and his direwolf, [[Summer]].
   
After the assassination fails, [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]] shows the dagger to [[Maester Luwin]], [[Rodrik Cassel|Ser Rodrik]], [[Robb Stark]], and [[Theon Greyjoy]]. They reveal that it is an elaborate dagger with a [[dragonbone]] hilt and a [[Valyrian steel]] blade. 
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Following this incident, Catelyn shows the dagger to Maester Luwin, Ser [[Rodrik Cassel]], [[Robb Stark|Robb]], and [[Theon Greyjoy|Theon]]. They conclude, in view of the weapon's materials (a dragonbone hilt and a Valyrian steel blade) that whoever had ordered the attack and armed the catspaw must be very wealthy
   
 
Catelyn resolves to carry the blade to her husband in [[King's Landing]] to investigate further.<ref name="EP2">"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref> [[Varys]] and [[Petyr Baelish]] both examine the blade, to which Baelish claims that the dagger originally belonged to him, and he lost it in a bet to [[Tyrion Lannister]].<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> After he is kidnapped, Tyrion denies that, but Catelyn does not believe him.<ref>"[[The Wolf and the Lion]]"</ref>
 
Catelyn resolves to carry the blade to her husband in [[King's Landing]] to investigate further.<ref name="EP2">"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref> [[Varys]] and [[Petyr Baelish]] both examine the blade, to which Baelish claims that the dagger originally belonged to him, and he lost it in a bet to [[Tyrion Lannister]].<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> After he is kidnapped, Tyrion denies that, but Catelyn does not believe him.<ref>"[[The Wolf and the Lion]]"</ref>
   
Afterward, [[Ned Stark]] keeps the blade with him, and has it when he attempts to take Cersei and Joffrey into custody.<ref>"[[Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things]]"</ref> After betraying Ned, [[Petyr Baelish]] takes the blade for himself.
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Afterward, [[Ned Stark]] keeps the blade with him. After betraying Ned,<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref> Littlefinger takes the blade for himself.
 
[[File:Catspaw dagger in Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.png|thumb|The blade.]]
 
[[File:Catspaw dagger in Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.png|thumb|The blade.]]
   
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<blockquote>''When Aegon the conqueror forged his Seven Kingdoms, he and his descendants would often decorate their blades with dragonglass feeling a kinship with the stone. The royal fashion for dragonglass ornamentation soon spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms to those wealthy enough to afford it. Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration for dragonglass if too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Indeed, its very brittleness is what relegate it to the great houses and the most successful merchants.''</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>''When Aegon the conqueror forged his Seven Kingdoms, he and his descendants would often decorate their blades with dragonglass feeling a kinship with the stone. The royal fashion for dragonglass ornamentation soon spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms to those wealthy enough to afford it. Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration for dragonglass if too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Indeed, its very brittleness is what relegate it to the great houses and the most successful merchants.''</blockquote>
   
Petyr Baelish later gives the dagger to [[Bran|Bran Stark]]. Bran, however, is now the Three-Eyed Raven and incapable of fighting on his own, so he gives the dagger to [[Arya Stark]], in the presence of [[Sansa Stark]]. Sansa notes that Baelish never gives away anything for free, and suggests that he must have some sort of ulterior motive. Later, Arya uses the dagger when sparring with [[Brienne of Tarth]].<ref>"[[The Spoils of War]]"</ref>
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Littlefinger later gives the dagger to Bran. Bran, however, is now the [[Three-Eyed Raven]] and incapable of fighting on his own, so he gives the dagger to Arya, in the presence of [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]]. Sansa notes that Littlefinger never gives away anything for free, and suggests that he must have some sort of ulterior motive. Later, Arya uses the dagger when sparring with [[Brienne of Tarth]].<ref name="E64">"[[The Spoils of War]]"</ref>
   
In an appropriate twist of fate, the blade is used by Arya to execute Baelish during his trial for treason. During the trial, it is deduced that the dagger did in fact belong to Baelish all along, leaving open the possibility that he was the one who sent the catspaw assassin to kill Bran in the first place.<ref>"[[The Dragon and the Wolf]]"</ref>
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In an appropriate twist of fate, the blade is used by Arya to execute Littlefinger during his trial for treason. During the trial, it is deduced that the dagger did in fact belong to Littlefinger all along, leaving open the possibility that he was the one who sent the catspaw assassin to kill Bran in the first place.<ref name="E67">"[[The Dragon and the Wolf]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 8]]===
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Arya uses the Valyrian steel dagger to destroy the Night King during the [[Battle of Winterfell (Great War)|Battle of Winterfell]], which causes all of the [[White Walkers]] and the [[wights]] serving under him to fall.<ref>"[[The Long Night (episode)|The Long Night]]"</ref>
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The dagger is last seen at Arya's side, as her ship sails west into the unknown waters of the [[Sunset Sea]].<sup id="cite_ref-12" class="reference">[[#cite_note-12|[​13]​]]</sup>​  
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
{{Season One Appearances|2=yes|4=yes}}
 
{{Season One Appearances|2=yes|4=yes}}
 
{{Season Seven Appearances|1=yes|4=yes|6 = yes|7 = yes}}
 
{{Season Seven Appearances|1=yes|4=yes|6 = yes|7 = yes}}
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{{Season Eight Appearances|1=yes|3=yes}}
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the June 2017 issue of the Entertainment Weekly Arya Stark was on the cover with the dagger on her belt.<ref>[http://www.businessinsider.com/game-of-thrones-valyrian-catspaw-blade-littlefinger-season-7-2017-8 BusinessInsider]</ref> This was somewhat of a spoiler that the dagger would reappear in the TV series.
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*Although the dagger had not been seen in the series since Season 1, the cover of a June 2017 issue of Entertainment Weekly showed Arya Stark with the dagger on her belt.<ref>[http://www.businessinsider.com/game-of-thrones-valyrian-catspaw-blade-littlefinger-season-7-2017-8 BusinessInsider]</ref> This was somewhat of a spoiler that the dagger would reappear in the TV series.
*Actor [[John Bradley-West|John Bradley&nbsp;West]] ([[Samwell Tarly]]) explained in interviews that in the Season 7 premiere, when Sam is reading a book, he was specifically instructed to linger on a detailed sketch of the Valyrian steel dagger - as this was apparently intended to remind the audience about it: "When we were shooting that scene, I was literally told 'make sure that you linger on this page.' They were shooting over my shoulder and said make sure to linger on it. Make sure we get a good shot of this page before you turn the page over."<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/game-of-thrones-star-confirms-the-show-wanted-you-to-notice-something_us_596e1595e4b010d77673da05 Huffingtonpost ]</ref>
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*Actor [[John Bradley-West|John Bradley]] ([[Samwell Tarly]]) explained in interviews that in the Season 7 premiere, when Sam is reading a book, he was specifically instructed to linger on a detailed sketch of the Valyrian steel dagger - as this was apparently intended to remind the audience about it: "When we were shooting that scene, I was literally told 'make sure that you linger on this page.' They were shooting over my shoulder and said make sure to linger on it. Make sure we get a good shot of this page before you turn the page over."<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/game-of-thrones-star-confirms-the-show-wanted-you-to-notice-something_us_596e1595e4b010d77673da05 Huffingtonpost ]</ref>
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, the dagger originally belonged to Littlefinger. During the tourney held to celebrate Joffrey's twelfth nameday, Littlefinger lost it to [[Robert Baratheon]], not to Tyrion. Later it was used by the catspaw assassin.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, the dagger originally belonged to [[Littlefinger]]. During the [[tourney]] held to celebrate [[Joffrey Baratheon]]'s twelfth nameday, Littlefinger lost it to [[Robert Baratheon]], not to Tyrion. Later it was used by the catspaw assassin.
   
 
Similarly to the show, Catelyn shows the dagger to Littlefinger and Varys. Littlefinger hands it to Ned Stark and advises him to throw it away.
 
Similarly to the show, Catelyn shows the dagger to Littlefinger and Varys. Littlefinger hands it to Ned Stark and advises him to throw it away.
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==References==
 
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"You told our mother this knife belonged to Tyrion Lannister. But that was another one of your lies...it was yours."
Arya Stark to Petyr Baelish about the dagger, shortly before executing him with it[src]

An unnamed Valyrian steel dagger was used by a catspaw during an assassination attempt on Bran Stark. Although plain in design, the blade is finely made of Valyrian steel, and the smooth hilt is made of dragonbone. This dagger would indirectly begin the War of the Five Kings and, years later, end the Great War when Arya Stark used it to kill the Night King.

History Edit

Season 1Edit

The dagger is carried by the assassin who attempted to kill Bran as he lays in a coma at Winterfell, following his fall from a tower. The attempt is thwarted by Bran's mother Catelyn, and his direwolf, Summer.

Following this incident, Catelyn shows the dagger to Maester Luwin, Ser Rodrik Cassel, Robb, and Theon. They conclude, in view of the weapon's materials (a dragonbone hilt and a Valyrian steel blade) that whoever had ordered the attack and armed the catspaw must be very wealthy. 

Catelyn resolves to carry the blade to her husband in King's Landing to investigate further.[1] Varys and Petyr Baelish both examine the blade, to which Baelish claims that the dagger originally belonged to him, and he lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister.[2] After he is kidnapped, Tyrion denies that, but Catelyn does not believe him.[3]

Afterward, Ned Stark keeps the blade with him. After betraying Ned,[4] Littlefinger takes the blade for himself.

Catspaw dagger in Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

The blade.

Season 7Edit

At the Citadel, in Oldtown, Samwell Tarly studies a book about the Long Night.

Valyrian steel dagger game of thrones catspaw blade sam

The book Samwell Tarly reads includes the same (or a similar) dagger.

While reading, Sam lingers on a page detailing the use of dragonglass to decorate weapons. The page contains a drawing of the Valyrian steel dagger:

The Valyrians were familiar with dragonglass long before they came to Westeros. They called it "zīrtys perzys" which translated to “frozen fire” in Valyrian and eastern tales tell of how their dragons would thaw the stone with dragonflame until it became molten and malleable. The Valyrians then used it to build their strange monuments and building without seams and joints of our modern castles.

When Aegon the conqueror forged his Seven Kingdoms, he and his descendants would often decorate their blades with dragonglass feeling a kinship with the stone. The royal fashion for dragonglass ornamentation soon spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms to those wealthy enough to afford it. Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration for dragonglass if too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Indeed, its very brittleness is what relegate it to the great houses and the most successful merchants.

Littlefinger later gives the dagger to Bran. Bran, however, is now the Three-Eyed Raven and incapable of fighting on his own, so he gives the dagger to Arya, in the presence of Sansa. Sansa notes that Littlefinger never gives away anything for free, and suggests that he must have some sort of ulterior motive. Later, Arya uses the dagger when sparring with Brienne of Tarth.[5]

In an appropriate twist of fate, the blade is used by Arya to execute Littlefinger during his trial for treason. During the trial, it is deduced that the dagger did in fact belong to Littlefinger all along, leaving open the possibility that he was the one who sent the catspaw assassin to kill Bran in the first place.[6]

Season 8Edit

Arya uses the Valyrian steel dagger to destroy the Night King during the Battle of Winterfell, which causes all of the White Walkers and the wights serving under him to fall.[7]

The dagger is last seen at Arya's side, as her ship sails west into the unknown waters of the Sunset Sea.[​13]​​  

AppearancesEdit

Season One appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Seven appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Season Eight appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Although the dagger had not been seen in the series since Season 1, the cover of a June 2017 issue of Entertainment Weekly showed Arya Stark with the dagger on her belt.[8] This was somewhat of a spoiler that the dagger would reappear in the TV series.
  • Actor John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) explained in interviews that in the Season 7 premiere, when Sam is reading a book, he was specifically instructed to linger on a detailed sketch of the Valyrian steel dagger - as this was apparently intended to remind the audience about it: "When we were shooting that scene, I was literally told 'make sure that you linger on this page.' They were shooting over my shoulder and said make sure to linger on it. Make sure we get a good shot of this page before you turn the page over."[9]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the dagger originally belonged to Littlefinger. During the tourney held to celebrate Joffrey Baratheon's twelfth nameday, Littlefinger lost it to Robert Baratheon, not to Tyrion. Later it was used by the catspaw assassin.

Similarly to the show, Catelyn shows the dagger to Littlefinger and Varys. Littlefinger hands it to Ned Stark and advises him to throw it away.

Later, Ned examines the dagger, trying to figure why Tyrion or anyone else would want Bran dead. He has a strong (but incorrect) feeling that the dagger and Bran's fall have something to do with Jon Arryn's murder

While Robert is lying near death, Ned considers what he should do. Littlefinger advises him to make peace with the Lannisters. Ned firmly refuses; to emphasize his stand, he places the dagger on the table, a reminder that the Lannisters sought to murder his son. 

During the brawl in the throne room, Littlefinger slides the dagger from its sheath and shoves it up under Ned's chin.

Unlike in the show, Catelyn reveals to Tyrion that it was Littlefinger who told her the dagger belonged to him. Later, by interrogating Jaime, she discovers that Littlefinger lied to her, but it is too late to undo the damage she caused by kidnapping Tyrion.

Some time after Tyrion returns to King's Landing, he chats with Littlefinger, commenting about his dagger. Littlefinger draws the dagger, glances at it casually as if he had never seen it before, then says with mischief in his eyes: "Valyrian steel, and a dragonbone hilt. A trifle plain, though. It's yours, if you would like it". Tyrion muses "He knows, the insolent wretch. He knows and he knows that I know, and he thinks that I cannot touch him".

It is unknown what has become of the dagger afterwards; Littlefinger presumably still has it in possession. In "A Storm of Swords" it is mentioned that Littlefinger carries a dagger and uses it to cut food, but it is not specified whether it is the Valyrian steel dagger – if it is, it is certainly an ignoble use of such a material.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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