In the newest episode (S7E4), Bran is being given the Valyrian steel dagger from Littlefinger. Bran is mostly silent this whole time. But he says something to Peter that I couldn't make out, and Peter seems to be stunned (as everyone seems to be nowadays) upon hearing the line in question. I even looked at it again, but what did Bran say and what was its meaning?

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Chaos is a ladder

The reason Littlefinger is so stunned is because he says the same to Varys when they had a private meeting in the Throne room in an earlier season. This was Bran's way of showing Littlefinger that he knew he was lying when he said he didn't know who the dagger belonged to.

Here's the clip of when Bran says it to Littlefinger:

This is when Littlefinger says it to Varys:

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    I interpreted it as the Bran-eyed-raven-thing saying, "I know even the most secret of meetings you've had in the last severals years, and I know everything else, also", and it's only that the Bran part is so... gone and/or subdued that prevents him from acting out or telling Sansa or Arya about some of the worst things (betrayal of Ned high on the list). Aug 7, 2017 at 18:50
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    @ToddWilcox Even if Bran is saying, "I know even the most secret of meetings you've had in the last severals years, and I know everything else, also", LittleFinger may hear that as "Varys told me about your conversation where you see Chaos as a Ladder." Littlefinger is probably not assuming "this guy can see into the past", because he may not believe an omniscient person exists. He is probably thinking "That traitorous eunuch, Varys, betrayed me by blabbing our private conversations."
    – RichS
    Aug 7, 2017 at 19:38
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    @Richs I agree with Todd here. Littlefinger definitely realised Bran was telling him he knows all his lies. He knows who's dagger it was. He knows who he lied to own the dagger before. Littlefinger is 100% aware that Bran knows everything. His situation becomes even more dire when he realises Arya has been trained as a water dancer. He's surrounded by "freaks" and their Sansa's siblings. He's held at a knife edge
    – Edlothiad
    Aug 7, 2017 at 19:58
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    @Edlothiad You might be reading more into Bran's words than what Littlefinger would. Which is probably what the scriptwriters want you to do. :-) It certainly adds to the drama and tension for the audience to think Littlefinger worries his lies are exposed, but let's not assume that until we see more evidence. Just because we the audience know Bran is omniscient does not mean Littlefinger does.
    – RichS
    Aug 7, 2017 at 20:28
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    @zibadawatimmy or he could be, but he can also see the billions of other misanthropic things done across all time and space, and can't really fixate on anything in particular without a concrete anchor.
    – Nick T
    Aug 8, 2017 at 4:35

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