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    These "Game Of Thrones" Fan Theories Might Happen Next Week

    Get hype! Contains SPOILERS.

    This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones – both the show and the books. You've been warned!


    This season of Game of Thrones is a shaping up to be a good time for "dead" characters to make a comeback – and many fans believe at least two more will do so: the Hound and Catelyn Stark.


    Let's look at the evidence, shall we?

    First up, the Hound: We didn't actually see this guy die, and a lot of book fans believe he's a mysterious gravedigger (not yet seen in the show) who lives with brothers of the Faith of the Seven.

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    In the books, the leader of this group – the Elder Brother – reveals he nursed the Hound before he died. But many believe this doesn't mean he's literally dead, and that rather the persona of the "Hound" is dead and Sandor Clegane himself lives, metaphorically reborn in the Faith of the Seven. You can watch an in-depth video about this theory here.

    This was basically all but confirmed by Ian McShane, who has been cast to appear in one episode this season in a role that sounds a lot like the Elder Brother.


    In an interview with the BBC, he said, "I can give you one hint: My character is an ex-warrior who's become a peacenik, so I have this group of peaceful – sort of like a cult – a peaceful tribe. I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead."

    He denied that said character was Jon Snow (and we now know this is true), but said it "might" be the Hound. Which was all the fandom needed to GET HYPE.

    Because not only would the Hound coming back be great, it would also mean an event fans call Cleganebowl might happen – in which brother would fight brother in an epic battle to the death.

    As has been mentioned a number of times this season, Cersei is facing a trial by combat thanks to the charges brought against her by the Faith. She will use the undead Mountain as her champion, and many believe the newly religious and certainly not dead Hound will be the champion for the Faith.

    Some think this MAY happen in the next episode – or at least, the setup for it will happen, mainly because the episode is called "The Broken Man", and the preview features this shot that MIGHT be the Hound.


    In short: GET HYPE.

    Catelyn's return doesn't seem quite as set in stone (ahem), but there is still a chance it might happen. If you're a show-only fan, you may not realise that she IS already back in the books – kinda.

    Beric Dondarrion, whom you may remember from Season 3 when he was resurrected by red priest Thoros of Myr, gives his life for Catelyn's after the Red Wedding. But she comes back quite a different creature – called Lady Stoneheart, motivated solely by vengeance. She roams the countryside with the Brotherhood Without Banners, killing anyone she thinks wronged her family – especially Freys, Boltons, and Lannisters.

    When Stoneheart didn't appear after the Red Wedding on the show – or in the next season, or the season after that – many fans gave up hope of ever seeing her onscreen.

    But Season 6 has rekindled some of that hope, as the show has begun to pick up and weave together loose plot threads from previous seasons – particularly Season 3.


    This has been building all season, but Episode 6 drove it home with the reappearance of the Freys and Catelyn's brother Edmure, plus specific mentions of the Red Wedding AND the Brotherhood Without Banners (who will definitely make an appearance at some point soon).

    Add to that Catelyn's uncle the Blackfish appearing in the preview for the next episode, plus multiple characters converging on Riverrun, and the prospect of Lady Stoneheart begins to make a little more sense.


    Perhaps "the North is reminded" in the episode description is not a reference to Sansa and Davos's recruitment campaign, but actually about Stoneheart herself.

    On the other hand, a lot of fans believe Lady Stoneheart's vengeance storyline will be merged with Sansa's.


    It makes sense given her development this season. And introducing Lady Stoneheart this late in the series makes much less sense – the producers seem to be focused on streamlining the plot and getting things moving, and it seems Stoneheart would only complicate and stall it. Unless, of course, she is involved in the endgame in a way that isn't clear (which is entirely possible). But really, how many undead Starks can one season take?

    (Not that I'm complaining. I'd like to request Robb next please, then Ned. Then every single goddamn direwolf. BRING THEM ALL BACK.)

    1. What do you think?

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      The Hound AND Catelyn are both coming back.
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      The Hound will return but Stoneheart isn't happening.
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      I think Stoneheart will appear, but Cleganebowl is not on.
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      I don't even know I just want my faves to stop dying.

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