This article contains major spoilers for "The Broken Man," the seventh episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Read our full recap of the episode, and also check out our other Thrones recaps, theories, and spoilers.
Remember a few episodes back when Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff declared that Season 6 was the season of "rebirth"? He did so with reason: Jon Snow came back to life! Daenerys emerged a second time from the fire! Margaery Tyrell became a born again Seven-er (kind of)! And in this week's "The Broken Man," another "deceased" Thrones favorite returns with a fresh face. Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. the Hound, is back -- though his future looks violent.
The seventh episode of the season opened with a rare, pre-opening credits cold open, Benioff and D.B. Weiss' way of saying, "we heard you theorizing, internet hivemind, and we're just going to leave this here." Months after his assumed death in the Season 4 finale, Sandor is back on his feet, a member of a hippie commune just trying to keep the peace, man. Guided by Septon Ray (played by Deadwood's Ian McShane, obviously hired to spout lines like "I'm a fucking Septon!"), the tribe is in the early days of learning to lead a detached life, and while the Hound remains an outsider, everyone appreciates the fact that he can lift a log that would normally require the strength of four men. The dude's a brute, and according to Ray, looks a lot better with sunburst highlights than the way he was discovered after his duel with Brienne, dirty, bloody, and covered with bugs.