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It's been a long time since I read the first few books, but I was re-reading Clash of Kings just before reading Dance with Dragons, and I noticed that "The Hound" is no longer part of Arya's prayer in the new book.

What changed to make her "forgive" him?

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The list is of people she wants revenge against. In A Storm of Swords, when Sandor Clegane was greviously wounded, she denied him the gift of mercy and (apparently) left him for dead. That's when she dropped his name from the list.

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Apparently... –  Dan Ray Aug 15 '12 at 18:38

When Arya and Sandor were wandering Westeros aimlessly after the Red Wedding she used to say her prayer with the Hound in it regularly. After a while, a sense of camaraderie developed between the two (but not friendship) and Arya started to notice that she had started unconsciously to leave out the Hound's name out of her prayers, and she never bothered to re-include him.

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This is not really correct. At one point, Arya does notice that she left him out, while treating his wound. She immediately re-includes him. The next morning, she leaves him, and the next time she says her prayer, she believes that he died from his wounds. –  Michael Borgwardt Dec 3 '13 at 9:25

In addition to the above, if you will note on that ARYA/SANDOR road trip, she always calls him the Hound - until a certain point. and then she starts calling him Sandor. She is also realizing that the bad things that she attributed to him were actually required of him in his post as Kingsguard. He has broken that by escaping. She is realizing that there is more to this man, some good. He is becoming more human to her, and not a malicious burned monster. Sandor has a huge role in this series.

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