Game of Thrones is known for killing off its main characters, but the series may begin to change its tactics in the upcoming season by bringing a character back from the dead.
As Vanity Fair reports, the reappearance of The Hound is somewhat expected by those who have read the Game of Thrones novels. Last season of Game of Thrones ended with Sandor Clegane, more commonly known as The Hound, presumed dead after a fight with Brienne. Arya Stark found him, and while The Hound tried to convince her to kill him, she instead left him left for dead.
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In the books, The Hound’s actual death is never described, it is just assumed. Furthermore, there is a reference to a gravedigger who is very large and has scars similar to The Hound. The assumption for readers is that The Hound switched identities with another person and then buried him to hide the evidence.
For the Game of Thrones TV series, which set a record this year by winning 12 Emmys, speculation around the re-emergence of The Hound comes from the casting of actor Ian McShane in an unknown role. The Huffington Post reports on an interview Ian McShane gave in which he hinted to the possible resurrection.
“I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”
If The Hound is coming back, then Ian McShane would most likely play a character known as the Elder Brother, who saw the large, scarred gravedigger.
While the theory that The Hound is the character Ian McShane is referring to, another Game of Thrones character that could come back from the dead is Catelyn Stark. The matriarch of the Stark family was brutally murdered during the Red Wedding, and her body was thrown into a river. In the Game of Thrones novels, Catelyn Stark is reanimated and comes back as Lady Stonehart. If this storyline is followed in the TV series, then Ian McShane’s character may be someone who helps bring Catelyn Stark back to life.
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The final character that has a chance of reappearing in Season 6 of Game of Thrones is fan favorite Jon Snow. In both the novel and TV version of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is stabbed at The Wall and presumed dead. There have been countless theories about if he is really dead. Dan Weiss, the creator of the TV version of Game of Thrones, is very clear on Jon Snow’s fate. According to Entertainment Weekly, Dan Weiss said there should be no doubt.
“We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it. It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened scene?'”
However, there is hope for Jon Snow fans, as author George R. R. Martin was considerably vaguer on the subject.
“If there’s one thing we know in [Game of Thrones] is that death is not necessarily permanent.”
Filming for Season 6 of Game of Thrones has already begun, and many watchful fans have taken to spying on the film sets in order to guess if any of these characters will, in fact, be back. So far, three dead characters have been spotted around the film sets. Rory McCann, who plays The Hound, and Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark, were both spotted in Belfast, Ireland, where Game of Thrones films some of its scenes. The Daily Mail posted on Twitter photographic evidence of Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, dressed in character.
Fans of Game of Thrones who were holding out hope that Stannis Baratheon (played by Stephen Dillane) had survived the season finale had their hopes dashed this week, as an excerpt from an upcoming book revealed Baratheon was murdered.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres in April 2016, and only then will fans know for certain which characters are returning.
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