Sandor before talking with Sansa
after the Hand’s Tourney:
‘“Come, you’re not the only
one needs sleep. I’ve drunk too much, and I may need to kill my brother
tomorrow.” He laughed again.’ Sansa II AGOT
Then we have the Sandor-Sansa-conversation
on Gregor, burning and true knights, where Sansa tells him Gregor wasn’t a true
knight, and therefore validates both his pain and Sandor’s childhood beliefs on
what a knight was supposed to be, and shows him compassion.
And then Sandor the day after
talking about Gregor and knights with Sansa:
‘Thrice Ned saw Ser Gregor aim
savage blows against the hound’s-head helmet, yet not once did Sandor send a
cut at his brother’s unprotected face.’ Eddard VII AGOT
Pretty much a complete turnaround.
And yes, Sandor and Sansa had discussions about the value and existence of true
knights up until the Blackwater, but this is the first day after that first
conversation, and I think it’s huge that Sandor tries to save another innocent
person from his own tormentor. Even if they’d fought each other in the training
yard at Casterly Rock, that wouldn’t have been personal the way this is, Sandor
stopping his brother from hurting someone else. Sansa showed him that Gregor definitely
is a monster, and that knowledge gives Sandor the power to stand up to Gregor.
(Also, how did
Sandor sleep that night? Did he even sleep at all? Or slept quite well after that pretty significant conversation?)
(This is a bit of an experiment for me, the drawing was originally colored in grey tones, then an overlay gradient was placed on top. I like the way it turned out, I’ll definitely have to do more stuff in this style)
Ned seldom put much stock in gossip, but the things said of Ser Gregor were more than ominous.
He was soon to be married for the third time, and one heard dark whisperings about the deaths of
his first two wives. It was said that his keep was a grim place where servants disappeared
unaccountably and even the dogs were afraid to enter the hall. And there had been a sister who
had died young under queer circumstances, and the fire that had disfigured his brother, and the
hunting accident that had killed their father.
- Eddard VII, AGoT
Or maybe it’s a string of extremely unfortunate accidents.