Sandor Clegane is a reminder that ‘Game of Thrones’ still has a heart

Rory McCann as The Hound in the Game of Thrones Year 7 premiere.

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Game of Thrones has a reputation as one of the bloodiest, most brutal dramas on tv, and it’s well deserved. (Just ask Ned Stark’s severed head.) However, this series’s still got a beating heart beneath all the battle-worn armor, and the night’s episode was a perfect reminder of the.

For seasons today, the ongoing treatment of Sandor Clegane has low key been one of the greatest subplots on Game of Thrones and “Dragonstone” introduced us one of its finest moments nonetheless.

The episode spends just two scenes with Sandor. We first strike him with the Brotherhood Without Banners, since they decide to look for refuge from the chilly night in an abandoned home. However, something about the home issues Sandor, and he is extremely reluctant to go indoors.

Longtime fans will know precisely why Sandor seems so spooked with this innocuous-looking home: it’s the identical place that he and Arya ceased in through their travels in Season 4. At the moment, the farmer and his daughter who lived there welcomed Arya and Sandor into their home only for Sandor to repay his hospitality by beating the farmer taking his silver. When Arya cried, Sandor cut off it with shrugging, “They will both be dead .”

“Dragonstone” demonstrates Sandor right. The farmer and his daughter would be lifeless; Beric theorizes that the farmer murdered his woman and then himself rather than starve to death. However, Sandor does not react in his usual gruff way. The next scene finds Sandor out in the snow , shoveling graves for the dead person. He tries to recite a prayer before committing (that he does not remember the words and with his own inelegant but devastatingly sincere words:

I’m sorry you’re dead. You deserved better. Both of you.

With those ten words, Sandor illustrates how far he’s come since the last time that he encountered that home not to mention how much he’s changed from Season 1, even when he slaughtered Arya’s buddy without another thought.

However, to paraphrase all those smug red priests, it resembles the Lord of Light has more than plans for him yet. The other large thing that occurs with all the Hound from the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere is that he looks into the flames and contains a vision of this undead marching about the Wall. (Also note: whenever the Hound tactics the fire, he is literally facing his greatest fear. Personality development!)

According to the red priests, interpreting the flames is kind of the inexact art. (If it had been simple, Melisandre and Stannis could’ve saved themselves a great deal of trouble.) Therefore Sandor’s surprise eyesight has fans whined about what it all means. More specifically: is it a hint that Sandor Clegane is the Prince Which Were Promised?

Sandor’s looked into the flames and is uncertain about this fan theory.

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Yeah, we’re not convinced, either. But one thing’s for sure: Sandor Clegane is the prince of my center, at least for this particular episode. Ride on, you grouchy old bear.

MVP for “Dragonstone”: Sandor Clegane

Finest Moment: The Hound’s ten-word eulogy darn near brought me to tears. There is more true emotion in the couple of seconds than there are in entire seasons of King’s Landing storylines. In 2nd place: hats off to Rory McCann for creating “looking right into a fire” one of the most riveting events of the entire episode.

Greatest Line: “It’s my fucking luck that I end up with a band of fire worshippers.”

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