There is probably no other character as menacing as Ser Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens Season 1, Ian Whyte Season 2, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Seasons 4-8) when it comes to HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Coming from creators David Benioff and D B Weiss, the show is based on George RR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and is set to return with its eighth and final season on April 14. While fans are already wondering who will be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, there are a few characters whose fate is yet to be determined. Ser Clegane, whose place on the show as a villain or an anti-hero continues to remain a matter of dispute, has left fans wondering if the character is actually dead or alive.
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Clegane was one of the many characters who was introduced to us on the show, as early as Season 1, when he had viciously murdered Ser Hugh of the Vale in a joust, horrifying the crowd. Through the conversations between Little Finger (Aidan Gillen) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Clegane's villainous ruthlessness came to the forefront, as Little Finger described how he had burned his brother Sandor's face over a naked flame when they were boys because Sandor borrowed one of his toys without asking. Clegane's brutality soon became the cause of several deaths, which includes several members of many royal families.
It was only during his dual with Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) when perhaps for the first time we saw Clegane being poisoned with manticore venom, one of the deadliest poisons in the known world. The venom causes Gregor's wounds to start putrefying, emitting an overpowering stench. As a final torture, the venom forces him to remain conscious during the whole ordeal, even with dead flesh hanging off of him. Although there were less hopes of him healing, Qyburn manages to bring him back to life. That point onward, Clegane was left to be Cersei's (Lena Headey) protector, when Qyburn informs Cersei that Clegane has taken a holy vow of silence to last until all of Tommen's enemies are dead and the evil has been driven from the realm.
Fans are, however, not entirely convinced by how Clegane managed to escape the harmful effects of the poison. One fan on Reddit asked, "Is he undead? I have seen a lot of videos on Youtube and some texts online referring to him as undead. It was always my assumption that he was just dumbed down from Pycell's procedures and had become purple maybe from decay due to the poison but not a literal zombie." Fortunately, another fan came up with a suitable explanation, "There are scenes in season 5 with Qyburn doing science and a tarped body will groan and squirm and he will say calm down friend. IIRC there was also a scene of him injecting the mountain with drugs/draining the mountains blood (it was clumpy black either way)."
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However, that certainly leaves us with one question — if Clegane has been resurrected and he is basically half-dead, then could it be possible that he would one of those to kill the White Walkers? We can only find out when the show releases on April 14. Watch the trailer below: