This reminds me of Sandor’s tungsten-Kevlar bodysuit in the Sansan in space fic
Person #1: Now Sandor is generally perceived as the second most ruthless character in the series, after his brother.
Person #2: No he is not. Sandor is just a crybaby with a crybaby name. He is annoying. Instead of sucking it up like John Wayne he spends his time unloading his emotional baggage on a twelve year old girl. He is a whiner pretending he has nothing but derison for morality, but in reality can not handle the disregard for morality he sees around himself and is leaking because of it.
Sandor is not the polar opposite [of Sansa]. He is a coward who is lying to himself. As much as he tries to convince himself that he is a twisted cynic, he himself does not truly believe it. That is why he is so defensive about his facade and has a chip on his shoulder over anyone calling him ‘ser.’ He is an empty suit of a man who has a mental picture of who he wants to be (a ruthless person and someone strong enough to stand up to his brother), but he can never live up to it in truth, because he has a touchy-feely, do-gooder core.
He has all the crimes of evil, scummy murderers, but none of their strengths.
Sansa Stark meme: 4/10 scenes
By then the crowd was howling with laughter… all but the king. Joffrey had a look in his eyes that Sansa remembered well, the same look he’d had at the Great Sept of Baelor the day he pronounced death on Lord Eddard Stark. Finally, Ser Dontos the Red gave it up for a bad job, sat down in the dirt, and removed his plumed helm.
"I lose," he shouted. “Fetch me some wine."
The king stood. “A cask from the cellars! I’ll see him drowned in it.”
“My father’s father was kennelmaster at the Rock. One autumn year, Lord Tytos came between a lioness and her prey. The lioness didn’t give a shit that she was Lannister’s own sigil. Bitch tore into my lord’s horse and would have done for my lord too, but my grandfather came up with the hounds. Three of his dogs died running her off."
Head canon that Sandor was totally acting out Florian and Jonquil with the toy knight when Gregor caught him.
From the Hedge Knight:
This morning the puppeteers were doing the tale of Florian and Jonquil. The fat Dornishwoman was working Florian in his armor made of motley, while the tall girl held Jonquil’s strings. “You are no knight,” she was saying as the puppet’s mouth moved up and down. “I know you. You are Florian the Fool.”
“I am, my lady,” the other puppet answered, kneeling. “As great a fool as ever lived, and as great a knight as well.”
“A fool and a knight?” said Jonquil. “I have never heard of such a thing.”
“Sweet lady,” said Florian, “all men are fools, and all men are knights, where women are concerned.”
It was a good show, sad and sweet both, with a sprightly swordfight at the end, and a nicely painted giant.
Of all the heavies, the one for whom I feel the most affinity is the Hound. Sandor Clegane was literally driven insane by the awfulness of the world (in the form of his horrifically abusive older brother), an insanity which manifests itself as perpetrating further awfulness; this is such a perfect allegory for how I believe the world actually works that I can barely stand it. He’s a person who’s so consumed with rage and misery that he has no capacity for joy whatsoever, obviously not in good things, but not even in the bad things he does. Particularly toward the end of his storyline, you can feel that this is a person whose mental engines have been running so hot for so long that there’s almost nothing left, it’s just metal grinding against red-hot metal. I find him a crushingly sad figure and I hope he’s able to find some peace and do some good as a brother on the Quiet Isle. (I’m agnostic as to whether he’ll come out of retirement to take down his undead brother; I sort of hope he doesn’t. Beat that sword into a ploughshare, Sandor.)
(originally posted here; I thought it deserved a post of its own)
You can dislike Sandor Clegane as a person (I guess, if you have bad taste), but if you try to argue that he isn’t among the best and most complicatedly written minor characters ever then we will have words
Sandor Studies 101 - Lesson 3 - Eddard’s Reluctant Sandor Feels
(Here’s a long essay about my very favorite part of ASOIAF. Spoilers for all the books.)
RE: the “But that villain’s a BAD GUY!” moralizers:
I’m at the point where I just don’t have time for the people who do that kind of shit to groups of fans just to prove their own superiority. I don’t buy it anymore.
I used to bend over backwards to prove to those kinds of people that I wasn’t delusional or somehow blinded, but now I’m seeing that this is exactly the kind of shit they want. They want you to bend over backwards to prove you’re right in being compassionate, of all things.
Frankly, compassion shouldn’t be something that’s questioned with such vehemence. It should just be chalked up to human nature and left at fucking that. It’s normal.
Nobody is dumb enough to pretend like the bad things didn’t happen. They are just more interested in depth of character and exploring the issues that stories about heroes usually leave to the wayside.
Let people have their sentimental feelings about the bad guys. Let people express their feelings of solidarity and loyalty inspired by those characters without forcing people to give you constant justifications for those feelings. Why do people need to prove their comprehension of the story to you? Maybe they took from it something different than you did.
friendly reminder sandor boards a ship named prayer the night of blackwater after sansa prays for him (◕ ‿ ◕✿)
#he is no true night but he saved me all the same #she told the mother #save him if you can #and gentle the rage inside him #davos recognized the dogs-head helm of the hound #a white cloak streamed from his shoulders #as he rode his horse up the plank onto the deck of prayer #literally the chapter RIGHT AFTER SANSA’S #technically not a bad friendly reminder #but just proves the connection they have