There is a beast in every man who breathes, a beast that is born in him and lives within him all his life, in a constant struggle for dominance over what he would prefer to think of as his 'better self'.
Lines from the books that didn’t make it into the show: Talk at the inn
they’ll never let you walk away (a modern au SanSan fic mix):
Once content in the Lannister underworld, Sandor Clegane has never believed in happy endings - but Sansa Stark still deserves one.
interlude christina perri // the fragile nine inch nails // afraid sarah fimm // tigerlilly la roux // bang bang armchair cynics // out of the fire charlie clouser // stranger than kindness fever ray // regret blue stahli // holding out for a hero ella mae bowen
A lot of people say that they don’t know what to make of him because one minute he’s nice to Sansa, the next minute he’s making her cry in the corridor. What’s his end game?
Thing is, he doesn’t have one. He’s an angry drunk. He wants to help Sansa and do right by her, but he also has a bad fuckin temper, and when he’s in a mood he’s horrible to be around. There’s no long term goal or reason for his actions; he acts how he feels at that particular moment. And that, I think, is the essence of the guy: he’s just a ball of impotent rage and frustration.
He’ll protect Sansa from the brunt of Joffery’s cruelty, but later on, when he’s off the clock so to speak and he’s had a few drinks, when Sansa is still trying to pretend like everything’s ok it pisses him off. He’s like “How can you keep lying to yourself, you idiot? Why do I even bother?” But the next day he sobers up and calms down, and starts it all over again. Nothing ever changes. His brother is still a revered knight with holdings and wealth, and everyone subscribes to the fiction that he’s not a complete monster. Meanwhile Sandor is still a body guard for a despicable little shit of a member of a family he’s been bound to since his birth. It’s the best he can hope for."
Sandor fans, and ASOIAF fans in general, read this. Beautiful analysis of The Hound.
(link to r/asoiaf, beware potential spoilers if you have not completed the series.)
GoT S4 ~ "We can reach the Vale by sea." ~ (x)
I love your essays! They’re amazing — I’ve been reading them obsessively for two days now. Since I finished my second run reading ASOIAF, and I am in withdrawal, sniff… Sansa is my favourite POV character, not least because that’s where Sandor hangs out most often. Love Tyrion too.
I don’t think Sandor’s hatred of Tyrion began with his knowledge of what happened to Tysha. It seems to me his hatred began right after Tyrion stopped Sansa’s beating. Before that, Sandor’s attitude was described as ‘insolence’ (one of Tyrion’s chapters in GoT), and he seemed contemptuous more than hateful.
continued, and my response, under a read more - this got really long!
red + green: sandor clegane in blackwater
“It is true, then,” she said dully. “Sandor Clegane is dead.”
“He is at rest.”