Babeldygob Posted July 5, 2012 Share Posted July 5, 2012 Well, I've just read AFFC again so the part with the gravedigger is pretty fresh. When Brienne arrives at the Quiet Isle there's a horse in the stable that is clearly the Hound's horse, Stranger. This is later confirmed by the Elder Brother. She also sees a very big man digging a grave on two occasions, she describes him as if he's limping(The Hound's biggest and mortal wound was his leg, Arya bound all the wounds up and she remarked on that wound smelling 'funny'). The Elder Brother later tells Brienne how he found the Hound and how he died and then buried him. Then he proceeds with telling a story about himself 'dying' in some battle whereafter he became a brother. He talks a lot about him dying(he is obviously talking about his persona and the person he was) with those exact words that it is reasonable for us to believe that when he refers to the Hound as 'that man died under a tree' that he is just referring to the man the Hound used to be. Other people around the Quiet Isle also mention a lot that the Elder Brother has exceptional healing skills. Also when Brienne first sees the gravedigger Septon Meribald's dog 'Dog' seems to like the gravedigger and goes to him, then the gravedigger pets him gently and also seems fond of Dog. This is a big hint in my opinion. Brienne also never gets a good look at the gravedigger, so she mostly sees his back, which would explain why she didn't remark on his burned face, which would be hidden from her.We can assume that this means that the Elder Brother found the Hound near death(Arya refused to give him 'mercy') and he healed him with his exceptional healing skills. However, since the Hound had such a near-death experience it changed him. Therefor 'the Hound' died, but Sandor lives. The description of the gravedigger fits the Hound and there are too many hints and a lot of emphasis in that chapter on The Hound and the gravedigger for the gravedigger to just be a gravedigger.After reading the chapter again it seemed very clear to me that the gravedigger is The Hound. Whether he has become pious or he's still just healing from his wound seems unclear.Back on topic. Robert Strong needs to win his fight and I don't want The Hound to die so I don't want them to fight at the trial but maybe later. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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