‘Game of Thrones’: 4 must-read reviews of [SPOILER]’s return in ‘The Broken Man’ episode

Many of our readers are angry that “Game of Thrones” decided to resurrect a major character in this week’s episode, “The Broken Man.” However, TV critics are humming a different tune about the turn of events in this seventh episode of the season, written by Bryan Cogman and directed by Mark Mylod.


Indeed, they cheered the show’s decision to bring back Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann), who was thought to have been killed off back in the Season 4 finale. Below, excerpts from raves by four of the nation’s leading TV reviewers.

Sadie Gennis (TV Guide): “The Hound lives! This is something book readers have been eagerly anticipating, and I’m grateful the show didn’t waste any more time before confirming the ‘resurrection.’ You see, after Brienne severely injured Sandor Clegane, he was saved by Septon Ray, a.k.a. McShane.”

Erik Kain (Forbes): “Suffice to say, the Hound has returned. In some ways, Sandor’s arc is more akin to Jaime’s from the books than Jaime’s arc in the show: A good man, turned bad, breaking good again.”

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post): “For Sandor, inaction itself is a kind of sin. It will be interesting to see, however, how his return to the world interacts with the way ‘Game of Thrones’ critiques high fantasy tropes, in as much as it still does.”

Kimberly Roots (TV Line): “Teams of men carry timber in for the job,and when one turns his face… it’s the Hound! Turns out, the man who seems to be in charge of everyone, a smiling dude played by Ian McShane, was the one who found the former knight and rescued him from almost certain death.”

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“The Broken Man” “Game of Thrones” finally won Best Drama Series at last year’s Emmy Awards and even set a new record with 12 trophies in all. Will Season 6 keep up the same awards momentum? Sound off right here in our famous TV forums.

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