Less than two months after it premiered Game of Thrones Season 7 has already come to the thunderous end. While it may have been low on episodes, Season 7 threaded together many different arcs and ensured that the final six installments of the series will give viewers the ending we've long waited for.
But while that dramatic meeting at the Dragonpit in King's Landing set many things in motion that are sure to play out when #GameofThrones returns for Season 8, there was one small scene that was a little more confusing.
Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 7 below.
The relationship between Sandor (the Hound) and Ser Gregor (the Mountain) Clegane was never a tale of brotherly love. When Sandor was just 6 years old his older brother, Gregor, shoved his face into burning coals after he found him playing with one of his toys; this incident would inspire Sandor's life-long hatred of his brother.
It's been years since the Hound and the Mountain have come face to face, but their reunion finally happened in the Season 7 finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf." After seeing his brother arrive at Queen Cersei's side, the Hound took the chance to address his now-zombified brother:
"Remember me? Yeah ya do. You're even fucking uglier than I am now. What'd they do to you? Doesn't matter. It's not how it ends for you, brother. You know who's coming for you. You've always known."
It was quite a strange interaction, and although it was soon overshadowed by Jon, Daenerys, and Cersei finally meeting, fans still took to social media to demand answers about what the cryptic message meant:
Given the current state of Westeros there are a few plausible theories about who or what the Hound was truly speaking about when he spoke of someone "coming" for his franken-brother, and here are the three strongest possibilities:
1. The White Walkers And Wights
Given that the Dragonpit meeting was called to present the captured wight and explain the threat of the White Walkers, it could make sense that the Hound was referring to the Night King as the one who was "coming" for the Mountain. Until the Season 7 premiere this would've been the last person (thing?) that the Hound was referring to, but after seeing the army of wights in the flames and in person it could makes sense.
However, on the other hand it does seem a little off for the Hound to imply that the Night King would be coming specifically for the Mountain — as does the fact that he says that his brother had "always known" who was coming for him. But hey, perhaps Ser Gregor was always a big believer in the White Walkers? It's a long shot, but a shot nonetheless.
2. Beric Dondarrion
If we're trying to find a person specifically targeting the Mountain, then Beric Dondarrion fits the bill. Sent by Ned Stark to lead a party that would apprehend the Mountain back in Season 1, Dondarrion could be the one coming for the Mountain, as the Hound seems to imply — especially given that the Mountain actually killed Dondarrion once (though, so did the Hound and all seems to have been forgiven there!).
Now that Dondarrion leads the Brotherhood Without Banners, who actively work against House Lannister, it's certainly a possibility that Dondarrion, or perhaps even the Brotherhood, is the who the Hound was referring to. But, with Dondarrion's future looking uncertain thanks to the fall of the Wall in the Season 7 finale, that certainly puts a wrench in the works if the Hound was relying on Dondarrion to bring Ser Gregor down.
But of course, the most probable answer has to be the Hound himself. What more fitting way for the Mountain to be finally conquered than by his own brother? It's been long theorized that the siblings will one day duke it out in an epic battle known as "Cleganebowl" by rabid fans — and now it seems to have finally been CONFIRMED (sound the airhorns!).
It makes sense that the Hound was referring to himself when speaking to his brother. The Dragonpit meeting was hardly the time or place for Cleganebowl to commence, but it was certainly a worthy moment to remind his elder brother that his time would soon be up. Sooner or later the Hound and the Mountain are bound to meet again, and when they do it'll be a battle the bards will sing of for centuries to come.
Who do you think is coming for the Mountain? Tell us in the comments below.