“Game of Thrones” episode 7 has seen the first and last appearance of Ian McShane and the return of Sandor Clegane. From the first few scenes, it seems that ‘The Hound” is on his way to being a changed man, however as the final scene shows, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
After being beaten Brienne of Tarth and being left for dead by Arya Stark, many believed him to be dead.
After being missing a whole season and the majority of ‘Game of Thrones‘ season 6, Sandor Clegane is finally back albeit less vulgar than before.
It seems that after Arya left, he accepted his fate and waited for the release of death, lying on the roadside bloodied and broken. That was when Septon Ray, a former soldier turned septon found him. Believing him to be dead, Ray proceeded to bury him only to be shocked when “The Hound” began coughing.
He now accompanies his “tribe” in the Riverlands doing honest labor with them in their camp; everything seems to be going well until three men arrive. Clegane recognizes them from the Brotherhood without Banners after hearing them say the words of the followers of Lord of Light.
He sees them as a threat, though the Brotherhood claim they protect the smallfolk the Riverlands. Aside from the founders who were members of Beric Dondarrion’s party, most of them are no more than outlaws who are fighting the Lannisters and from “Game of Thrones” season 4 onwards, the Freys.
He is not mistaken, the men did return and slaughters all the members of the group and hangs Septon Ray. Clegane, although shocked, seems to be apathetic to the fate of the people who just earlier, he shared a meal with. Without saying a word he picks up an ax from the chopping block and proceeds to leave.
It is safe to assume that for ‘The Hound’, a life of peace will be unlikely, as man who’s only driving force is hate since childhood, settling down is impossible. Whether it is the punishment of the gods for his crimes or merely a whim of the Brotherhood, his opportunity to live a peaceful life was brutally taken away by the very men who wished him dead.
This episode made one thing clear, though: ‘The Hound’ is back in all his scarred, hate-fueled glory. Will his return culminate in the highly anticipated Cleganebowl? Watch “Game of Thrones” to every Sunday to find out.