If Olenna was counting on killing Joffrey with the poison in the necklace in Game of Thrones season 4, why was it given to Sansa? How could she possibly know that Sansa would wear it to the wedding?


Sir Dontos gave her a romantic and sentimental story about the necklace. It concerned how her wearing it continued his family honour etc. and basically was designed by Littlefinger to strike the right cords in Sansa.

It was the one true pure thing she had to remind her of her naïve excitement when she thought all knights were glamorous and honourable (see her reaction when she is given it). She is likely to have worn it all the time and slept with it under her pillow.

If she had turned up at the wedding without it I would guess that the Queen of Thorns would either remark on it's absence and insist she went to get it (or sent Left or Right to get it for her) with the unarguable bluster than someone of her age and position commands or executed a backup plan of some kind.

Joffrey would not be able to hurt Margery until the wedding night and there would be plenty of time to get him to drink something he didn't pour himself.

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  • If Olenna had asked for it at the wedding that would imply that she know about it. Seems unlikely. – bobbyalex Jun 27 '14 at 1:45
  • Who is left or right? – bobbyalex Jun 27 '14 at 1:49
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    Left and right are the names she gave to her guards. Olenna asking Sansa about her necklace is not the primary plan for thar exact reason. – Stefan Jun 29 '14 at 22:19

I haven't read the books, so here is my speculation just from the show: she couldn't. But, ultimately, Sansa's role was not to bring in the poison (Olenna could've done that herself), but to put the blame on Tyrion and to get her to Petyr. So, I can only assume that Olenna had a backup with her, and that she'd use it had Sansa not wore the necklace.

However, giving how well Petyr knows her, and how he is the master of intrigue and reads people well, there was a very little chance that Sansa wouldn't wear the necklace. She's surrounded by the people that she despises, and then this one man (Ser Dontos) showed her gratitude for his life. How likely is that she does not wear it, taking into the account the significance that the necklace supposedly had to this single man that made her fell good and, if only for a moment, proud? Sansa was always easy to manipulate, and this was quite an elaborate scheme.

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    There is no way she could have anticipated that Joffrey would ask Tyrion to serve the wine. So I don't think having Tyrion take the fall was something she had planned. – bobbyalex Jun 24 '14 at 11:10
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    @BobbyAlexander At first, I thought that as well. But, once again taking into account Petyr's deep understanding of people, Cersei and Tywin wanted Tyrion to be guilty. So, "his wife had a poison and she's gone missing after the deed was done" was enough. The fact that she gave Tyrion the cup was just an unexpected bonus (and it doesn't even seem to be all that interesting to Cersei and Tywin). – Vedran Šego Jun 24 '14 at 12:07

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