Is the Hound Really Dead on Game of Thrones?
Lots of big-time characters were killed off in Season 4 of Game of Thrones, even by the show’s already lofty standards of character turnover. King Joffrey choked to death, Tywin Lannister was shot with a crossbow, and the Hound fell down a mountain to meet his doom... or did he?
While he seemed pretty convinced that he was a goner, we never actually saw the Hound die on screen, so what are the odds that Sandor Clegane still lives?
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As far as we’re concerned, if we didn’t see the Hound die, then the Hound’s not dead, and several factors seem to back up our hunch.
First, there’s the “Gravedigger Theory” from the books. In the books, some time after Arya leaves the Hound to die, Brienne comes across a monastery in her travels. While there, she notices a giant gravedigger with his face shrouded and petting a dog. Big deal, right? But then she talks to the head monk at the monastery and he tells her all about how he found the Hound dying, and what a tortured soul he was because of his brother the Mountain, and how the Hound “died that day.” But in his language, the monk never says that Sandor Clegane died, just that the Hound died, leading many book dans to believe that he was being metaphorical and that Sandor is now living peacefully as a gravedigger on the monastery, leaving his Hound persona behind him.
Even if you don’t buy into the theory from the books, which even if true will likely be heavily changed for the show, there’s still the performance of actor Rory McCann, who plays the Hound, at Comic-Con this year. During a panel with several members of the cast, the actors whose characters had died were asked to raise their hands, but Rory instead ducked under the table, seemingly finding a loophole where he didn’t have to lie about the Hound’s death or spoil the surprise of his survival.
What do you think? Is the Hound still alive? Let us know in the comments below!