But, wait, isn't the Hound dead?
Not exactly. We debated this point a lot when we introduced our high-stakes bracket to determine which Game of Thrones character you'd most want to see come back from the dead. On one hand, it seemed very likely that the Hound -- who got his ass kicked in the Season 4 finale by Brienne of Tarth in a Tyson-esque ear-biting brawl and was left for dead by Arya -- had been dispatched to the same dark place Jon Snow briefly went to.
But, come on, this is TV -- we never saw the Hound die. So we ended up including him on our bracket, even though we suspect he's going to make his big return at some point. And, judging from recent episodes and some textual clues, it could happen very soon.
For one thing, many book-readers have pointed to a specific moment that hints at the Hound's eventual return. As this helpful Business Insider primer on the theory points out, Brienne of Tarth visits the Quiet Isle, a monastery-like refuge where she encounters the Elder Brother; she later learns that he had come across a wounded Sandor Clegane and attempted to nurse him back to health. And then Brienne sees a tall gravedigger in the distance and also finds the Hound's headstrong horse, named Stranger, in the stables.