Game of Thrones Season 8 has officially wrapped up the filming and is in its post-production. With the confirmation of the new season airing in the first half of 2019, more footages, and teasers are expected to drop by the end of 2018. The seventh season left us with many easter-eggs like the topic of children being brought about several times. But, a scene shared by the Clegane brothers in the seventh season has once again sparked up the hype of the much-awaited Cleganebowl!
The theory for the duel between the Hound (Sandor Clegane) and the Mountain (Gregor Clegane) first came into being in the first season. During the Hand’s Tourney in honor of Ned Stark, we learn the story of the Clegane brothers via Petyr Baelish. He tells Sansa Stark,
“One evening, Gregor found his little brother playing with a toy by the fire – Gregor’s toy, a wooden knight. Gregor never said a word; he just grabbed his brother by the scruff of his neck and shoved his face into the burning coals…held him there while the boy screamed, while his face melted…”
Next, the Mountain was defeated by Ser Loras Tyrell in the tourney. Filled with rage and frustration, he killed his horse and started attacking Loras. The Hound stepped in to save him, which resulted in a duel between him and his brother.
After the Battle of the Blackwater Bay, the Hound abandoned King’s Landing. He later became Arya Stark’s guardian although initially, he intended on making money by getting her back to her family. Upon being wounded in a spar with Brienne of Tarth, Arya abandoned him.
Although many thought that he had died, he came back in the series in the sixth season as a changed man. He was no longer the Hound but Sandor Clegane. He later decided to join the Brotherhood, following them to the North.
Many of us had almost forgotten about the Cleganebowl until it was teased again in the seventh season by Sandor himself. In the episode ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ Sandor saw his brother again at the Dragonpit.
He went up to him and said:
“Remember me? Yeah, you do. You’re even f**king uglier than I am now. What did they do to you? Doesn’t matter…That’s not how it ends for you, brother…You know who coming for you…You’ve always known.”
This jaw-dropping scene from Season seven has led many fans to believe that Cleganebowl will surely happen in the final season. There are some hints in the series and the books that both support and discard the possibility of it happening:
# What kept him alive?
In Season 6, when we first see Sandor Clegane, he is a changed man. He is no longer the man we knew since the first season. Then, we see him having a discussion with Brother Ray, probably the one who saved him.
Ray asked him, “…what kept you standing?”
“Hate,” the Hound replied after thinking for a moment.
From this conversation, it can be inferred that Sandor still remembers his brother and hates him. It is highly probable that Sandor will be the one who kills his brother in the final season. This will finally complete his entire story arc.
# The Hound is dead and Sandor lives on:
The Hound is a character who has been first shown as Joffrey’s personal guard and is despised and hated by all. Joffrey calls him a dog but, he is still dutiful and follows all orders he has vowed to follow. He hates his brother for the trauma, he suffered as a child. Half of his face is burnt because of which people judge and fear him. Sansa fears him but he has always protected her. He protected her when Joffrey tried to humiliate her, by covering her in his own cloak. He even tried to persuade her to accompany him during his escape of King’s landing.
Later, he became a guardian for Arya, after she had nowhere else to go. He even took on a duel with Brienne, whom he did not trust would protect Arya. We later see him the seventh season discussing with Brienne that he too was only trying to protect her.
The YouTuber Bridge4 believes that Sandor won’t kill his brother at all as the Hound is dead as a character. He is Sandor Clegane now and has moved on, finding a new goal in life. And, whatever he said to his brother in the seventh episode of the last season wasn’t a warning but a pity for what his brother had become. He doesn’t hate his brother at all just like Arya, who took the Hound off her kill-list. And, killing his brother will be a negative step for his character. Even if he does so, it will be done as an act of mercy.
# The Hound in the Books:
Just like the TV series, in the book series, Arya leaves the Hound to die but it is not confirmed if he actually dies. Later, Brienne and Podrick come across a gravedigger matching the description and built of the Hound. A man reveals to them that the Hound had died and he himself had buried him. He says,
“I came upon him by the Trident, drawn by his cries of pain. He begged me for the gift of mercy, but I am sworn not to kill again. Instead, I bathed his fevered brow with river water and gave him wine to drink and a poultice for his wound, but my efforts were too little and too late. The Hound died there, in my arms.”
Many fans believe that the phrase “the Hound died” here literally means that Sandor’s character as the Hound is dead and he has moved on as a totally new person.
We don’t know if he will survive the events of the final season or not but one thing is sure that he still has many things to achieve. Although he was initially feared and hated, he has moved on as a character who still has humanity and love left in his heart.
So, what do you think will be the role of Sandor Clegane in the final season? Will the much-hyped Cleganebowl actually happen? Tell us in the comments section down below.
7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer
HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.
1. We have a Dragon in the trailer
The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.
We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen. Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.
3. Dark Sister
The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.
4. Catspaw dagger
The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer. The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.
5. Tourney at Horn Hill
We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.
One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.
We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.
6. Stark sigil
This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.
7. New Iron Throne
It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.
As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.
What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.
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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon
Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.
Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:
“The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”
This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.
What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!
Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer
Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.
Season 3 Episode 14
Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”
Season 4 Episode 8
Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.”
Season 5 Episode 9
God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.
Season 5 Episode 16
Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?”
Season 5 Episode 16
Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.
Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!
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