Monday, May 22, 2017

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: The Hound

We continue our Dark Horse Game of Thrones figure photo series with an extremely complicated man who is first introduced as a remorseless villain, later appears to be a somewhat apathetic lackey and later still, evolves into a warrior with a dark past and more than respectable notions of honor. Sandor Clegane, also known as "The Hound", seemed to make his allegiances as a matter of survival and kept his distaste for those he served to himself. While most would dismiss him as capable of the same monstrous acts his brother (The Mountain) would enact on a whim or by command, it's become clear Sandor is more complex than any mere beast.

At a young age, Sandor had his face pressed to the fire by his own brother, punishment for the crime of playing with his brother's toy, left unattended. Understandably, this act left a great impression on Sandor, as well as scars he would carry with him for the rest of his life. It's easy to see this moment shaped the man he became. Never show weakness or your enemy will capitalize on it. Never show hesitation as your enemy will give you no such regard. Intimidate all who come before you...fight to win at all costs...always watch your own back, even where family is concerned. There is no true loyalty. There is no real love. While we can imagine these refrains echoing through Sandor's mind as he walks across the lands of Westeros, we also catch moments of kindness that seem to be flowering into a set of ideals that transform a man from mere soldier and vilified henchman to noble warrior with a purpose that would see his frightening talent for killing turned toward the greater good. This man is more than just a hound.

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