In “Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 7 titled “The Broken Man,” Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) aka “The Hound” was revealed to be alive. He was saved by Ian McShane’s Brother Ray after being seriously wounded in a battle with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) also left him to die. McShane as spiritual leader had given him a second chance at life but he was killed. The Hound swore revenge which he accomplished in episode 8.
As noted by Forbes and The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the Hound seeks vengeance for the lifeless body of his savior Brother Ray by picking up an axe. It can be recalled that Ray, as well as all of his followers except the Hound, was killed by members of the Brotherhood Without Banners. In season 6 episode 8 titled “No One,” we see the vengeful wrath of the Hound.
Rory McCann’s character is seen approaching the bandits who destroyed Brother Ray’s peaceful refuge and killed all of his followers in cold blood. He kills the first four swiftly with his axe but tries to learn about their brotherhood from the fourth bandit, who refuses to divulge any information. “You’re s**t at dying,” the Hound tells him before finishing him off.
The Hound then stumbles upon Lem Lemoncloak (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) or the man with the yellow cloak, who helped butchered Ray’s followers. However, he finds out that he is not the only one who wants Lemoncloak’s head. We meet Lord Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer). He and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) were going to hang Lemoncloak and two of his fellows for executing Brother Ray’s people and bringing a bad name to the Brotherhood Without Banners when the Hound intervenes. Dondarrion, out of respect, allows Sandor Clegane to hang the two of them and kick the piece of wood that Lem was standing on.
The Hound was then offered food. He was then asked to join the brotherhood which he declines. After all, he was given a taste of what peace and love was by Brother Ray who is now gone and Clegane has no interest in being a part of anything. But Dondarrion reminds him, like Brother Ray, that he has a purpose and has to overcome his personal loss.
There is a war brewing in the north where Dondarrion is headed. “Good and bad, young and old — the things we’re fighting will destroy them alike,” he says and assures the Hound, “You can still help a lot more than you’ve harmed. It’s not too late for you.” It appears that the latter will eventually join the brotherhood.
Episode 9 titled “Battle of the Bastards” airs on June 19.