(Note: This post includes spoilers for the premiere episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7.)
It seems the Lord of Light is not yet done with Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), otherwise known as The Hound, in the Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
Last season, the Hound came back from the dead and joined up with the Brotherhood Without Banners, and by the end of the premiere, we likely know where they’re headed. (Read our full recap of the season 7 premiere here.)
Thanks to the red priest Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), the Hound saw a vision in the flames that describes the place the Brotherhood needs to go. The whole thing was a bit vague, but by combining what the Hound saw with the trailers for Season 7 and other information, we can make an educated guess where everyone’s going to meet up: Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.
That’s one of the Night’s Watch’s castles, one of three they have the numbers to keep manned. During the season premiere, King in the North Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) sends Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) to Eastwatch with the wildlings. Tormund even jokes that the wildlings are the Night’s Watch now, after a thousand years as enemies.
We don’t see the vision the Hound has in the flames, but he mentions a castle by the sea in the north, and a mountain that looks like an arrowhead. That sounds a lot like Eastwatch, and the mountain could be part of the Frostfangs, a major mountain range beyond the Wall. But, to be clear, we really don’t know what that arrowhead-looking mountain is. But I’m sure we’ll visit it this season, whatever it is.
The Hound also says he sees an army of the dead marching past. Doesn’t sound like the Wall is going to hold the White Walkers forever.
From the Season 7 trailers, we have an idea of what’s coming with Jon, Tormund and the Brotherhood. They’ll apparently join forces north of the Wall to fight White Walkers. We’ve seen images of Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and his flaming sword preparing for a big stand against the army of the dead, and a shot of the Hound wearing what looks like wildling gear in a really snowy area. With Tormund at Eastwatch and the Hound describing the castle, it’d make sense for them to meet up there.
That begs the question of what they’ll be trying to do North of the Wall. That’s information we haven’t gotten yet, of course. But from the trailers, the battle looks desperate.
The Lord of Light has been cagey with his plans before, though. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) famously saw a vision in the flames of himself fighting a battle in the snow — which might have been his victory against the wildlings at Castle Black. It also could have been his defeat at Winterfell at the hands of the Boltons. That last loss cost him his life.
Whatever the plans for the Hound and his compatriots, though, it’s shaping up to be a big part of the upcoming season.