“You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known.”
A hint from actor Rory McCann suggests that his character Sandor Clegane (The Hound) and his brother Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) might finally face off in Game of Thrones Season 8, giving fans the infamous “Cleganebowl” that has been anticipated since Season 1.
Revealed in an exclusive Season 8 slideshow of images from EW, McCann says of his character “There will be a chance of squaring up to his brother and facing those demons.”
While this doesn’t absolutely confirm a confrontation, it does strongly suggest it will happen. Both The Mountain and The Hound are featured on one of various covers of Entertainment Weekly’s upcoming Game of Thrones Special Collector’s Double Issue, which can be seen below.
Warning: spoilers for previous Game of Thrones seasons below.
Fans of the series have expected a showdown between these brothers since the first season, as the two have been pitted against one another as enemies from the very beginning. Before the primary events of Game of Thrones, Gregor scarred Sandor’s face by forcing it into hot coals when the two were children.
Gregor, portrayed from Season 4 onwards by Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, grows up to become the The Mountain, a massive, feared man who acts as vassal and bodyguard to multiple members of the Lannister family. In Season 4, after being mortally injured and poisoned in combat by Oberyn Martell, Cersei enlists the help of Qyburn to save Gregor’s life, though it ultimately changes him and gives him the appearance of a massive, zombie-like husk, who goes on to act as Cersei’s silent and brutal queen’s guard.
Sandor’s tale is far more involved, and throughout the series he has acted as bodyguard for Joffrey Baratheon, Sansa Stark, and more. In Season 7, during the summit outside King’s Landing, Sandor ultimately confronts his now-transformed brother, and vows to kill him. Following this, he sails to White Harbor, intending to aid Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in the fight against the Night King.
This tense and seemingly unavoidable sibling rivalry between an unstoppable force and an immovable object will almost definitely result in a showdown, which has become known by fans as the “Cleganebowl.” In Season 1, the two engaged in a brief sword fight after Gregor decapitated a horse – the fight, however, was cut short. Who will come out on top, whether it be the larger, stronger, more undead Gregor, or the struggling, surviving, ever-changing Sandor, remains to be seen.
For more on Game of Thrones Season 8, check out how it might just include the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film, and how Season 8 posters reveal who’s returning, and who is still unconfirmed for the final season.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on HBO on April 14.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.