This article contains spoilers from both the TV series, and the Game of Thrones books. Plus, if you’d rather not read any fan theories, then leave now.
Since we discovered that the Hound (Sandor Clegane) hadn’t succumbed to the injuries he sustained in his show-down with Brienne of Tarth, and was actually still wandering around Westeros, fans have been hoping for a super fight (or a “Cleganebowl”) with The Hound in one corner, and in the other corner, his brother: the monstrous Mountain.
With Cersei facing trial for her incestuous relationship with her cousin Lancel (not Jaime: luckily, the Faith Militant have no idea who actually fathered Cersei’skids, or they’d probably execute her on the spot), people thought that the Cleganebowl might be forthcoming.
Cersei would opt to undergo a “trial by combat”, and have the Mountain as her champion. Wanting revenge on his brother (who burnt his face), the Hound would fight for the Faith Militant.
Supporting this theory? In the Game of Thrones books, a witch tells Cersei (as a child) that she’ll be killed by the “valonqar” – High Valyrian for “little brother”. While this could mean that Cersei will eventually be killed by either Tyrion or Jaime, The Hound is the Mountain’s “vaolnqar”. Maybe he’ll defeat his elder brother in the trial by combat, making himself the “little brother” that condemns Cersei to die?
Well, by the looks of it, no he won’t. Not only has The Hound just joined the Brotherhood without Banners, and is now heading north with them (not south, to King’s Landing), but King Tommen just outlawed trials by combat. Cersei will have to undergo a traditional trial, and be judged by the Faith of the Seven.
While we highly doubt that Cersei is going to let this traditional trial take place (she once said that she’d rather burn cities to the ground than let her enemies win), it doesn’t look like we’re going to see the Clegane brothers face off. At least not yet…
The other theory crushed by last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, is that which suggested that we’d be seeing Lady Stoneheart – aka the resurrected Catelyn Stark – sometime soon.
In the books,Lord Beric Dondarrion gives his life to resurrect Catelyn, after she was killed in the Red Wedding. Unfortunately, he waited three days to do it, meaning that not only was her body starting to decay, but – upon her reanimation – most of her personality was lost. All that was left of Catelyn was her hatred of the Freys.
Newly resurrected, she assumed control of Lord Beric’s group, the “Brotherhood without Banners” (created by Ned Stark, and sent to protect the people of the Riverlands), and – single-minded in her lust for vengeance – changed their aim to wiping out the Freys.
Under the alias Lady Stoneheart – given to her for her brutality – Catelynthen pretty much roamed the Riverlands, killing her enemies.
Now, while we haven’t seen Lady Stoneheart in the TV series, fans had beenholding out hope that she’s about to appear.
Hope that was dashed by No One last night.
At first, it seemed as if they were hinting that Lady Stoneheart was about to pop up. Jaime Lannister and Edmure Tully (Catelyn’s brother) had a lengthy conversation about her, in which they discussed how much she loved her kids, and how she’d do anything for them.
(Usually, when Game of Thrones brings up a long dead character, it means that they might be about to reveal that they’re alive after all (case and point, the Hound, who Arya discussed the week before he made his reappearance)).
But, alas, later in the episode, the Hound encounteredLord Beric Dondarrion. If he’s alive, then he hasn’t sacrificed his life to resurrect Catelyn. Which suggests that she’s still dead.
Besides, the Brotherhood aren’t killing Freys, which suggests that Lady Stoneheart hasn’t taken over. They, along with the Hound, are now on their way up North, where they’ll instead be helping in the (worthy) fight against the white walkers.
So, by the looks of it, no Lady Stoneheart. Are you disappointed? Or are you hanging onto hope that she’ll appear eventually? Let us know in the comments!
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