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

What changed to make her "forgive" him?

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    She left him for dead. No reason to pray to kill someone you think is dead. Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 14:42

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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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    – Dan Ray
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:38
  • @DanRay Cleganebowl, get hyped?
    – Petersaber
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 14:38
  • @Petersaber No spoilers please, I havent seen the TV show.
    – apoorv020
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 23:51
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    @apoorv020 don't worry, it's not a spoiler, it's a meme
    – Petersaber
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 6:17

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. Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 9:25

From the show's perspective Ayra admits that she did remove The Hound from her list. She was confused about her feeling towards Sandor Clegane after the adventures. While we may not know the exact moment this happened, the whole story lines allows Ayra to realize that not all people can be defined as simply "good or evil".

Jaqen knew Arya was lying when she said she hated The Hound.

(Starting at about 0:12, emphasis mine)

Ayra: A man called The Hound, Sandor Clegane. He was trying to sell me, but was wounded in a fight. He begged me to kill him, but I wouldn't. I left him in the mountains to die. I wanted him to suffer, I hated him - - -

Jaqen hits Ayra with the stick to indicate she is lying

Ayra: (with stronger inflection) I hated him!


Ayra: (raising her voice) That's not a lie!


Jaqen: A Girl lies. To me, to the Many-Faced God, to herself. Does she truly want to be No-One?

Ayra later admits she took him off her list.

(Starting at 1:09 in the linked video, emphasis mine.)

Waif: Tell me about The Hound.

Ayra: Also dead. Ayra Stark left him to die. He was on her list.

Waif whacks Ayra with the stick to indicate she is lying

Ayra: He was not on her list anymore. She'd taken him off it.

Waif: Why? Didn't she want him dead any longer?

Ayra: She did and she did not.

Waif: She sounds confused.

Ayra: Yes, she was.


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.

  • I thought the series portrayed this excellently - it's a lot harder to see the humanity to The Hound in the book. But last scene of The Hound in the series, and the way he defends Arya, speaks volumes about him.
    – Lou
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 14:48

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