We've been waiting for it since Season 1 but still
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Spoilers are coming.
So the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 7 didn’t fail to disappoint. Sure, the whole timeline is a bit dodgy, Jon Snow (or should we say Aegon Targaryen?) and his ability to swerve death is getting a bit predictable, and the whole Sansa and Arya Stark storyline is a hot mess because let’s face it, would a Faceless Man really be stupid enough to fall for Littlefinger’s scheming?
But, all that aside, it was thrilling. There was an epic battle! Dragons versus wights! Wild and terrifying undead bears! And the motley crew of the North managed to bring one home as part of their (bizarre) plan to get Cersei on side for their war against the white walkers.
Yeah, good luck with that one. In case you guys have forgotten, she literally burned half of King’s Landing to the ground with wildfire to get rid of a few people she didn’t like.
However, it’s The Hound’s part in the season finale that has fans squealing.
Sandor Clegane might not appear in the actual teaser, but fans of the show are predicting that he will finally have a showdown with his now-zombie brother, The Mountain. At the end of this week’s episode, he was boarding a ship with the captured wight so the chances are that he’s heading to this big meeting in Kings Landing, where, lo and behold, The Mountain reanimated is acting as Cersei’s purple-eyed bouncer.
The story goes that The Mountain burned his little brother’s face in a fire when he was just a boy, and they’ve had a bloodthirsty rivalry ever since. Let’s take a trip down memory lane via route Season 1 episode 4.
Now that all the show’s key players are en route to a dragon pit – which is remarkably reminiscent of the combat arena where The Mountain squashed poor Oberyn Martell’s head – many are speculating that we will see the brothers going head-to-head in a battle that fans have been waiting literal years for.
They are predicting that something serious will kick off and Cersei, ever the lover of a good old trial by combat, will nominate her undead bodyguard to fight for her, with The Hound nominating himself as the opponent. A trailer for an earlier episode captures The Hound in what looks suspiciously like the dragon pit, armed with a sword – and we haven’t seen this scene yet this season.
That hair in the wind, the bulky armour, the height – that is definitely our Sandor.
Forget Mayweather vs McGregor – The Hound vs The Mountain is the battle we’ll be tuning into this weekend.