After two years of wondering what became of The Hound (Rory McCann) after Arya (Maisie Williams) left him to die, “Game of Thrones” fans finally have an answer.
Thanks to an almost instantaneous Twitter trend, the news of The Hound’s “resurrection” was spoiled for anyone not watching live, but theories about his survival have been circulating since his fate was left hanging at the end of Season 4.
After we last saw him, Sandor Clegane apparently found his faith. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say faith found him, since he was discovered and nursed back to health by Brother Ray (Ian McShane).
Conveniently enough, this new alliance lines up nicely with the recent struggle in King’s Landing between the faith and the nobility, as the power struggle for the Iron Throne continues in a much more subtle way than we’ve ever seen before. The battle between the militant faith and the military power of the crown is definitely about to blow up, so it’s time to start picking sides.
The question fans should be asking now is whether or not this will be the end of The Hound’s story. Surely not, right?
In the books, The Hound made one rather ambiguous return to the narrative before sliding back into the shadows. Will this be the end of The Hound on TV as well now that we have an answer about his supposed death? Or will he get one last fateful fight with his brother, The Mountain, before all is said and done?
The faith will need a representative if it comes to trail by combat, after all, and The Hound will do just fine.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.