Game of Thrones Fans Finally Got The Hound Scene They've Wanted For Years
After years of wishing, hoping, thinking, and praying, Game of Thronesfinally delivered in the penultimate episode of Season Eight something fans have wanted for years: The Cleganebowl.
During the battle at King's Landing, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane finally faced off against his brother, Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane. The brothers have hated each other their entire lives—Gregor is the reason The Hound's face is deformed, having burned his younger brother in a fire when the two were children—but the show's arc kept them apart for seasons. Sandor fled King's Landing during Season Two's Battle of Blackwater Bay, and spent the next couple seasons traversing Westeros with Arya Stark. The Mountain, meanwhile stayed at Cersei's side—even after his Season Four fight against Oberyn Martell left him, with a little help from Qyburn, more zombie than man.
Fans thought the Cleganebowl would finally go down in Season Seven, but the two brothers never got a chance to fight during the big Dragonpit meeting. But, after decades of waiting, the brothers finally got their big fight in Episode Five of Season Eight. The Mountain was escorting Qyburn and Cersei from the Red Keep when The Hound came upon them. And though he's blindly followed Cersei's orders for seasons now, Gregor refused her order to stay by her side, killing Qyburn by swatting him out of the way and getting down to the business of Cleganebowl.
The Hound put up a good fight against his big brother, but there was one major thing working against him—the undead tend to be hard to kill. Despite being stabbed multiple times, the Mountain just wouldn't quit. At one point, he wrapped his hands around The Hound's head and tried to crush his eyeballs, just as he'd killed Oberyn seasons ago. But Sandor planted a knife squarely in the Mountain's head, then tackled his brother. They dove off the towers of Red Keep and into the fires of Kings landing below, where they presumably died—a fitting, if perhaps too tidy end for the pyrophobic Hound.
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