Game of Thrones fans have good reason to suspect the obvious candidate for a Season 6 resurrection, but another thought-dead favorite may too pop up in 2016, and not necessarily in flashback. Who, pray-tell, might have survived a brush with the hounds of hell to return in Game of Thrones Season 6?

You’ll have to take this one with a particular grain of salt for now, as no photo evidence has emerged to support it, but Watchers on the Wall claims that reliable intel places Rory McCann (The Hound) at a Belfast hotel frequently occupied by Game of Thrones stars in production. McCann purportedly has no other projects to keep the actor in Belfast, though for now we’ll leave this one as intriguing hearsay.

On the supporting side at least, many fans have theorized that Sandor “The Hound” Clegane may have survived his own literary fate, which similarly last saw the towering knight abandoned to die by Arya Stark. During the events of A Feast For Crows, Brienne encounters a large, shrouded gravedigger during a trip to the Quiet Isle, on which the Elder Brother of a monastery seems curiously knowledgeable about The Hound’s final moments.

Elsewhere of Game of Thrones Season 6, screen legend Max von Sydow has been cast as the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven to a returning Bran, while Deadwood alum Ian McShane will also appear in a limited, mysterious role. Apart from a list of directors, debate continually rages as to whether Kit Harington’s Jon Snow will participate in Season 6, even as Harington can clearly be seen in Belfast, and story logistics seemingly confirm scenes set at The Wall next year.

We may yet have an additional two seasons beyond the sixth year to pad out George R.R. Martin’s story, but what else can we infer of future Game of Thrones from a possible Hound return?

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