“No, you’re dead,” she threw back at him.
Why stick to the story if it only subtly expands on Sandor’s feelings towards Sansa? Pssht. Just make him call Arya a bitch and be done with it. I mean Sandor’s only a big scary sword-swinger…
I demand gifsets of every single scene, giving Sandor back all of the dialogue that makes him a complicated character.
Do you understand how him referring to her as “the little sister” might be something that reveals character?
Do you think that the “don’t you know you’re dead?” line isn’t a line that meshes beautifully with all of the following dialogue he has with Arya, starting off with a bang the themes of their relationship? Their relationship with each other and with death, with killing, and their struggle to stay alive?
a list of things that cripple me emotionally:
- sandor clegane
- the hound
- gregor clegane’s younger brother
- the second clegane son
- the technical landlord of clegane keep
- cersei and joff’s [ex] bodyguard
- the really tall guy with the big burn on his face
- he’s about 27 years old at the start of the series
he is a large swordsman whose brother is the Mountain
- he is not a knight
- he hates even being mistaken for a knight
- he hates his brother Gregor and his goal in life is to kill him
- because his brother Gregor murdered their sister and their father
- when Sandor’s father was murdered by Gregor, Sandor immediately had to leave home to go to Casterly Rock to work for the Lannisters
- he replaced Barristan Selmy as one of Joffrey’s Kingsguard
- he refused to take knight’s vows when this occurred (brothers of the Kingsguard are usually always knights)
- he looks down on the other knights of the Kingsguard
- he loves his evil, mean-tempered giant black stallion (that he named “Stranger” after the god of death because Sandor is a melodramatic shit) more than anyone loves anything in this series
- his nickname for Sansa Stark (“little bird”) stems from a conversation where he derided her for chirping polite courtesies at him, “like a trained bird from the Summer Isles” - it started as a derogatory nickname
- he combs his hair sideways to try to cover the burned side of his face ;_;
he’s one of the best swordsmen/jousters in Westeros
- he won the joust at the Tourney of the Hand!!!
he likes killing people
- he’s an extremely angry person
he suffers from PTSD
he is afraid of fire
- he is an atheist
- he is an alcoholic
his brother burned his face off as a kid
- he likes to curse a lot
- he laughs “like the snarling dogs in the pit”
- he has dialogue!!!
- he cries sometimes, manly tears
- he sometimes tells scary drunken stories about his childhood
- “paint stripes on a toad he does not become a tiger”
- he makes snarky comments with little regard to who might be in earshot because he doesn’t give a single fuck
- he is one of the more honest characters in the series
he hates Tyrion with a burning hatred
- his first name is Sandor
crossed out the stuff that has been in the show
My attempt at a book-canon Sandor c:
(you are more than welcome to delete my following ramblings if you want to reblog the pic!)
For me, the only mattering point of difference between Sandor in the books and Rory McCann’s portrayal of him comes down to “hate”. Rory plays a Sandor who’s got a secure lid on his… “issues”, shall we say. It’s is a valid interpretation, because for all his volatility there’s no hard evidence that Sandor hasn’t got himself in check.
But in my head-canon, Sandor is constantly a heartbeat away from completely losing it. He drinks himself blind so that he won’t smash Gregor’s face in first chance he gets, or Joffrey’s face, or Tyrion’s. His scenes from Sansa’s perspective show him at the moments he comes closest to snapping (which I believe has everything to do with her effect on him) — until finally he does snap during the Battle of Blackwater. The fire flips his switch, and no amount of alcohol will un-flip it, and when he realises that, what does he do? He goes to Sansa. I assume with confidence it’s the closest he’s come to being romantic in the entirety of his bitter little life.
It would’ve been so very interesting if Gregor had been in King’s Landing during the Battle of Blackwater. Who would Sandor have picked, I wonder? Probably Gregor. But then… perhaps not?
GRRM placing Gregor elsewhere at that point delays the decision we’re all dying to see Sandor make. There’s no doubt in my mind that’s what it will come to…
Gregor or Sansa. He can’t have both.
… Well, that was a tangent. What was I supposed to be talking about? Yeah — “hate”! Rory McCann is glorious, and I wouldn’t have any other Hound, but, in my mind, Sandor’s eyes are more pits of hell than they are big and beautiful and brown, and that most of all was what I wanted to capture with this sketch :)
Either way, I’d be on him in a second.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
THIS. IS. PERFECT.
THOSE EYES! THE MANLY TEARS JUST ABOUT TO START FLOWING!
THE WONDERFULLY MUSCLED TORSO! THE DELICIOUSLY HAIRY CHEST! THE BIG HANDS, CLOSED AROUND THE POMMEL!
THE NOSE! THE SCARS!
THE OBLIGATORY SCOWL! I CAN ALMOST HEAR HIM RASPING “little bird” while being all melodramatic and conflicted and depressed and angry; I can see him mocking her and eyefucking her and hating himself for it; I can see him butchering people in a testosterone and self-hatred fueled rage.
Dammit, this is so wonderful I almost want to cry.
Yes, this is perfect. And focused on the scarred side, which is rather (surprisingly?) rare in accurate book-Sandor art. Mind you I don’t typically visualize book-Sandor with a beard (with stubble yes — but note fanfic can do whatever it likes), but it really works for him here, I think.
And why would I delete the ramblings? I like them. :) It’s interesting to compare book- and tv-Sandor, emotionally… I once theorized that the primary difference between the depictions is that what book-Sandor says, tv-Sandor thinks — which is a way to get around the fact he hasn’t had enough lines, but also, yes, a sign that he may have more of his rage under control. We’ll have to wait for the 3rd season to be sure of this, mind you.
Note regarding the Blackwater and Sansa, I’m not sure it was fully a romantic effort on Sandor’s side, as much as a need to find a better, truer master once he’d cast his lifetime allegiance aside. Of course there was also an element of desire there (and maybe an attempt at romance in the courtly knight-and-maiden sense), and it all got twisted up in his head, but it’s important to note that “I could keep you safe” means things on several different levels. And it’s Sansa’s apparent rejection of this offer (on all its levels), as well as Sandor’s own abandonment of one of his major life purposes (and of course his whole self-realization due to Sansa’s song and her touch), that sends him masterless and purposeless, wandering aimlessly and drunkenly through the Riverlands.
As for Gregor at the Blackwater, I don’t think Sandor would have picked him for certain. Sandor’s relationship with Gregor is interesting, in that he says he wants him dead and he wants to kill him… but when we have one example for sure of when push came to shove, at the Hand’s Tourney, Ned notes that Sandor did not aim his sword at his brother’s unprotected head. And it’s a good question why not (some think Sandor was hoping Robert would step in for justice there), especially considering his words to Sansa the previous night. But I think Sandor wants to pick his battle, so that it fulfills whatever need for justice he has, and apparently defending Loras wasn’t the right time or whatever. And even though I don’t have much context for it, I think that fighting Gregor at the Blackwater would also not have been a proper fulfillment of that particular life motivation. (Also, the fire and stuff. Very bad.)
And, personally, I also think there’s a buried part of Sandor that does not truly want to be a kinslayer, not the way that Gregor is. (4 times over at minimum, if you count the dead wives.) It’s one of the ways, that even with Sandor’s rage and love of killing, where he’s separate from his monstrous brother. And I think whether he consciously realizes it or not, he doesn’t want to go there directly, not even if he says he does.
-book!Sandor drawn by eeba-ism
-meta by nobodysuspectsthebutterfly
Yep, it all checks out. This may just be my favorite post on tumblr.
The Hound’s Inbox, circa GOT and COK
BEST THING EVER. XD
Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. :)
“As soon as I get back, we can all have a team lunch or something. Woot woot, Kingsgaurd!”
#Jamie has a letterman jacket #Sandor is bitter and won’t give up his leather jacket #the Kettleblacks beat up kids behind the gym
My reaction to the Sansan blackwater scene,
More like Sansa’s reaction to the blackwater scene, lbr. Remember that AU fanfic she wrote of this scene that’s actually in the books?
“An Unforgettable Memory”
A fanfic by Sansa Stark
beta reader: Alayne Stone
rating: PG (for cruel kissing)
word count: 45
She could still remember how it felt, when his cruel mouth pressed down on her own. He had come to Sansa in the darkness as green fire filled the sky. He took a song and a kiss, and left me nothing but a bloody cloak.
30 DAYS OF A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
favourite story from the history of a house → house clegane
The Hound escorted Sansa across the drawbridge. As they were winding their way up the steps, she said, “Why do you let people call you a dog? You won’t let anyone call you a knight.”
“I like dogs better than knights. My father’s father was kennelmaster at the Rock. One autumn year, Lord Tytos came between a lioness and her prey. The lioness didn’t give a shit that she was Lannister’s own sigil. Bitch tore into my lord’s horse and would have done for my lord too, but my grandfather came up with the hounds. Three of his dogs died running her off. My grandfather lost a leg, so Lannister paid him for it with lands and a towerhouse, and took his son to squire. The three dogs on our banner are the three that died, in the yellow of autumn grass. A hound will die for you, but never lie to you. And he’ll look you straight in the face.”
I missed this so much in the show.
It’s a shame, too - the one time book!Sandor managed to make harmless small talk, they cut it. So nicer Show!Sandor doesn’t say these lines, the only approaching-socially-acceptable lines he says in the book.
He doesn’t say, “That one is nothing to fear, girl. Paint stripes on a toad, he does not become a tiger.”
He doesn’t say, “Enough.”
Okay, whatev, show.
Drew some Sandors in the battle of me vs. inkwash