Shag this, behead that – it's hard to keep up with the...ahem... comings and goings in Game of Thrones. Things may be about to get even more confusing for HBO's epic fantasy TV show, with rumours that a long-thought-dead character may be making a return for the sixth season of the programme.
Potential spoilers, of course, follow.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
So, the character in question? Sandor Clegane, aka "The Hound", who had appeared to be mortally wounded following a duel with Brienne of Tarth near the end of Season 4. The brutish Hound was thought dead, failing to appear in Season 5 – though crucially his death was not shown on screen, with his tricksy companion Arya Stark choosing neither to help nor finish the injured warrior.
What's sparked the rumours then? Well, actor Rory McCann, who plays The Hound, was spotted staying at a hotel in Belfast where Game of Thrones cast members stay during filming. McCann is said to be free of other obligations at the moment, so a Game of Thrones return makes sense. The chances of it being for a funeral scene are unlikely too, given his "corpse" was left in a desolate stretch of wasteland, unlikely to be recovered.
Of course, he could just be visiting mates. Hmmmm.
Oh, and Kit Harrington, AKA the "late" Jon Snow? He's been knocking around Belfast too recently, close to where filming has resumed. Who knows; with the assumed-dead near the season six set, maybe there's a Game of Thrones / Walking Dead crossover event planned. We can only dream. [Watchers on the Wall]