With the Hound now back in action, we have all the required pieces on the board for the event fans have been waiting for since years before the pilot even aired. Cleganebowl is back on the table and fans are both excited and terrified in equal measure.
After five long years of meetings, trials and cruel disappointments, Season Six has been delivering some heavy duty fan service. Episode 7, which saw the return of Sandor Clegane, reignited the hype in fans everywhere.
The most recent episode, however, abolished trials by combat, seemingly extinguishing hopes for the Clegane Bros. fighting it out. It’s not necessarily over though, perhaps just delayed (and it could still happen in the books if nothing else).
The scope for events in Game of Thrones is huge, and if things accelerate too fast there's a constant fear of it running away into some sort of unwieldy Lost-like beast.
While we'd all love to see the two brothers in an inferno match battling for vindication, there may be a case for leaving Cleganebowl in the message boards where we found it.
Get your fan boy and critic hats ready as we look at five reasons Cleganebowl totally absolutely needs to happen, and three maybe not so much.
Eddie is a writer, cinephile, TV fan and wrestling abuse victim from Newcastle. After receiving his film degree in London he returned home to lift boxes in the vein of an 80s montage... It's not as fun as it looks in the films.