Game of Thrones fans saw a shocking twist in the latest episode of season six. In the episode titled, The Broken Man, Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound, made his return to hit HBO series for the first time since season four.
Executive producer Bryan Cogman, talked about the character's return to Entertainment Weekly: "He was always going to come back, it was just a matter of how."
He continued: "It was my favorite week on Game of Thrones because it's a beautiful little three-act play. Very much on purpose it tonally doesn't really feel like Game of Thrones until the end when everyone gets slaughtered. Ian McShane (Brother Ray) is a New Age ex-warrior with a painful history of violence, and he's found his own flock trying to rebuild their lives. He sees Sandor as a candidate. He recognizes in Sandor a bit of himself. The Hound, apart from being grateful, starts to open up to him. He's the first and only friend he's ever friend in his life. And that was an interesting relationship to explore. The scenes have a light touch and gentleness and humanity and humor that you don't find on the show – then the raiders ride in. The Hound is few miles away chopping wood and they come back and slaughter everybody, pushing him back into the cycle of violence."