Initially, my mind was made up about this. Sansa should have chopped Littlefinger’s head off like Ned was lopping off heads in season one.
It would have shown that she’s grown from a spoiled little girl into the leader of Winterfell and the matriarch of the Stark family.
But on the other hand, I can see where having Sansa and Arya team up for the one-two punch shows how the family is reunited and working together, like a pack, for the first time in a loooong time. You can assume, safely I believe, that Bran helped behind the scenes, giving Sansa the factual ammunition she needed to corner and convict Baelish, albeit in a somewhat biased court room. So that would make three “wolfs” working as a pack to take down the enemy.
So I guess I’m ok with it. For now.
The more I think about it, I think the real issue is that the lead up to the court room scene was weak. There were barely any details that helped the viewer understand the plot, which if I were to guess, was supposed to be something like this:
- Arya shows up to Winterfell, thinks Sansa is playing queen and not truly loyal to Jon.
- Sansa has been through hell, but is still somewhat tempted by the thought of power.
- Littlefinger needs a new puppet; Sansa is the primary candidate.
- Sansa and Arya bicker like children; Littlefinger sees an opportunity to divide and conquer.
- Bran arrives, acts creepy, terrifies Littlefinger.
- Littlefinger senses a threat, intensifies his plan to separate the sisters, and starts working to get in good with the other lords loyal to Winterfell.
- Somehow, Bran tells Arya that Sansa is legit, tells Sansa all the dirt on Littlefinger, and Sansa and Arya hug it out.
- Cut to court room; Littlefinger dead.
The problem is the show jumps from #5 to #8. Everything in between is conjecture on my part. Who knows if this is what they intended, much less what will really play out in the books.