8:56am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones': Upcoming Episode Titles Hint at Character's Return
The Stranger eventually comes for everyone in the world of ice and fire, but based on the descriptions of two upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones, we now know at least one character who will remain among the living for a little while longer — and perhaps one who is about to pull off the Jon Snow resurrection routine.
HBO released details about the sixth and seventh episodes of Thrones, called "Blood of My Blood" and "The Broken Man." Both episodes are written by executive story editor Bryan Cogman, while the former is directed by Jack Bender and the latter by Mark Mylod.
The description of "Blood of My Blood" reads: "An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly (Hannah Murray) meets Sam's (John Bradley) family. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a difficult choice. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) faces off against the High Sparrow."
"The Broken Man," meanwhile, reads: "The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded."
Even with so few words, there's so much to unpack. For one thing, despite the palpable tension in King's Landing, it appears that the High Sparrow will last long enough to at least see episode seven and cause further mischief. But perhaps more exciting is who the High Sparrow might cross paths with.
Months ago, actor Ian McShane revealed some details about his role on the sixth season of Game of Thrones, saying he would be involved in bringing a beloved character back into the fray. Fans quickly deduced he was discussing Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann), left for dead in season four. In the books, it's strongly suggested that the Hound survives and goes on to live a peaceful life on the Quiet Isle, a place for repentant warriors.
Many of those same fans believe the Hound will not only return to the show, but will do battle against his elder brother (not The Elder Brother), Gregor Clegane (Hafthor Bjornsson), in a Trial by Combat scenario often referred to as "The Cleganebowl." Season six has already put some of those pieces in motion: Arya mentioned her uncertainty about the Hound's survival back in episode three, and Cersei (Lena Headey) has announced her intent to use Ser Gregor in battle against the Faith Militant.
Based on the new episode titles and descriptions, one can see the pieces coming together: "An old foe comes back into the picture" could easily refer to The Hound's return, and the High Sparrow eyeing "another target" in the subsequent episode could see the holy man recruiting Sandor in the fight against his brother. What's more, the name of the seventh episode, "The Broken Man," invokes one of the most powerful monologues in George R.R. Martin's novels on which Thrones is based — a monologue closely timed with the Hound's probable reappearance.
The Hound might be truly dead and gone, but if he's not, and he's coming back to Thrones this season, look for him to pop up around episodes six and seven.
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