Okay, I’m tediously going back and fixing any mistakes by checking them against the books. The italics are really interesting!
Got to the the scene where Sandor comes back and harrangues the Brotherhood Without Banners and laughing my head off
he is so fucking sassy. Like, he was sassy before, but that’s the scene where he’s wet, he’s hurt, he’s robbed, he’s very angry, he gave his last shit so long ago that he doesn’t even care that he’s infiltrated the hideout of and threatening a whole group of armed outlaws who hate him, you can just feel the sass coming off him in waves
my favorite ~~~*
And that’s why both the show, and those who see Sandor as a big psychopathic brute (which he isn’t, look at the definition of a psychopath first), just don’t know how to read.
Sandor is smart. And, yes, sassy., He’s a very vocal character , very prolificient with words. He may not have the culture coming from book study like Tyrion (and that is a point on which we truly have no information, we just tend to assume because of his current job… Yet we know that he used to like the stories and songs as a child, which denotes sensitivity and some curiosity towards the written word), but he has this very pragmatic intelligence, easiness with speech and argumentation. And a mean, black sense of humor ;)
Also, he obviously does a lot of thinking on his own, be it on the royal court and politic mechanics, that he sees very lucidly (remember his advice to Tyrion in the first chapter of ACoK, which the Imp overlooks with comtempt for the cur ? Yet it is the same advice that Lord Tywin will later give him), or on the existence of good and evil, the role of religion and the order of chivalry in Westeros… Definitely not your typical sellsword’s thoughts !
But then, having been excluded from the normal Westerosi society by circumstances and his face since such a young age, he is the outsider, the Stranger. And what better place to observe and judge the actions of this society ? He observes, judge, and laugh at them, yet he has no one to share his thougths with (I’m not counting the other Lannister guards with whom he trains as potential partners for deep conversations). Until Sansa, who I think is the first person actually willing - and interested ! - in hearing him. She may have been the only person with whom he ever had conversations this deep (one of my very favourite arts in ASoIaF is that moment before the battle of the Blackwater where Sansa and him discuss of the goodness in humans, and amongst other things she tells him he’s going to hell for his terrible actions. She tells this to the face of the Hound, whom she supposedly fears XD)
And I’ve seen other people smirking at the idea of this big great warrior confiding his fears and sharing his thoughts with a girl.
Sansa is also an outsider. She is also the Stranger at the court, staying and watching from the shadows. Like Sandor, she is invisible, except for when she has to obey the King’s orders, but then… Give them what they want. (I’ve always thought that sentence to be Sandor’s personnal motto, a thing he repeated to himself for years, since he sold himself to the Lannisters at 12 )
There are many other reasons behind that connection that will form between them, but one of the first is that they litterally are both very alone, and have no one else with whom they can be honest. To everyone else, Sansa is the Little Bird, this silly, naive little girl, too polite to be interesting, the daughter of a traitor, and Sandor is the Hound, this big brute whose value lays in his sword. Yet they will learn to see beyond each other’s mask… Like the good reader, for whom Sansa and Sandor’s character subtelties are one of the book’s greatest surprises and pleasures.
I mean, maybe it’s just me, but who at the beginning of the first book would have thought that those two would reveal themselves so interesting ? Especially Sandor, who, while not being a POV, still manages to be more fascinating that most of them ! The part where he tells Sansa the story of his burned face was the moment when I knew this book would be different from others, the surprise there changed my opinion of the whole story, and it was important, not just for Sandor’s arc, imho, but for the meaning of the whole story (and thank you HBO for butchering this !)
(Also, how I like that at Joffrey’s court, Sansa’s survival is based on polite lies and Sandor’s on sassy irony :-) )
TL;DR : Sandor is awesome and sassy and actually hilarious, and a fascinating character. Aside from that, I ship Sansan to death.