Now Sandor is generally percieved as the second most ruthless character in the series, after his brother.
First of all I would like for you to know that Sandor is my favorite non-POV character in the series.
The main impression of Sandor's ruthlessness is obtained at the beginning of the series, with his remarks at Winterfell and of course the famous ride down of Micah.
But as the complex relationship between him and Sansa unfold, we find out both the background and other layers to his character.
That's what I want to focus on here. On one hand he constantly mocks her for her Inocence and her lack of ability to bear the look of his face. On the other hand he is usually gentle with her, and it seems that he always tries to protect her - he was the only one who thought about saving her in the riot, he even voiced once, iirc, his displeasure with Joff's tendncy to beat her(said "that's enough" iirc), and of course finally came to her room to take her from the city, a scene which displays perfectly the duality of his attitude towards her - getting a song out of her with the point of his knife and than talking about protecting her.
So, I think that there are two things that can be on Sandor's mind:
1. He is sincerely in love with Sansa, and since he has never known nor had love in his life, he doesn't know how to deal with it and hence this duality.
2. He envies Sansa for her innocence. this makes perfect sense for me, since Gregor took all innocence from him at a very young age, and the fact that he mocks her for it means he wants it for himself or resnts her that she has it and he not - that's how people usually react to things the want and don't have while others do. Additionaly he is drown to her because of it, because it is the closest he will get to this craved innocence.
So, what do you think? Is Sandor a good man at heart who was hardened and "damaged" by the cruelty of his upbringing or he is as cruel as it seems and treats Sansa differently because he is in love with her or something?
Additionally, do you think that their path will cross again? do you want it to happen? I certainly do, after Sansa is not so innocent already. I think it will be very interesting to see how th Hound will react to that.
Edited by Dark Knight, 16 September 2010 - 01:33 PM.