As an avid Game of Thrones fan, it’s always difficult to pick out a favorite character. Whether I love the character or love to hate the character, it’s not an easy feat to pick out a single favorite. I think it’s definitely safe to say, however, that two of my favorite characters are Arya and the disgraced Hound (aka Sandor Clegane). So of course I couldn’t get enough of it when the two of these characters paired off together in the third and fourth seasons of the show.
From the beginning—whether you’re looking at the series through the show’s lens or the book’s—Arya is completely too-cool-for-school. She’s biting and smart; clever and brave, and she doesn’t take nonsense from those around her. Alternatively, the Hound is brash and ugly, surly and self-fulfilling. But he continuously demonstrates something in his body language and character that indicates a bigger heart than the one he chooses not to wear on his sleeve.
And…he’s funny. He’s totally dry and strange and his demeanor is something I look forward to when I turn the show on. I can’t get enough of that Clegane wit that completely cuts through characters like Needle—Arya’s self-named sword.
When Arya and the Hound meet up in season three (well, she’s sort of just kidnapped), they have an obvious disdain for one another. And that disdain remains a constant throughout their time together. Sort of. It’s clear that they form a bond of sorts, and even though Arya may or may not leave her captor for dead at the end of the fourth season, their recent reunion has made me such a happy little fan girl!
Despite having witnessed the death of her father, and all of the misfortunes that became of her prior to their team-up, Arya learns major lessons while with Clegane. She discovers the strength to take on the world alone, sailing to Braavos on her own after they part ways. She grows into her own, and becomes a girl with no name. While we don’t encounter the Hound again for quite some time, when we do, it’s as though he’s a completely changed man. Although we don’t know where those changes began, I think that it’s safe to assume they begin with knowing Arya Stark.
Again, I think it’s pretty apparent just how much the two characters change while being in one another’s company. I used to look so forward to seeing their scenes together, and am so excited that they are sharing scenes together once more. It’ll certainly be interesting to see where season eight will take both of them—them and everyone else lying south of the Wall…
Feature Image Via Bustle