My dash is filled with posts claiming D&D were scared to portray Sansa and Sandor’s relationship as it is in the books because it’s a young woman unmanning a warrior by just by being herself and without sex.
I’m sorry but IMHO that’s giving D&D wayyy to much credit….
Since the writers seems to be all about sex and lose any subltety, I wonder what people make of the remark the Hound makes to Polliver re: Arya, “She’s alright. I’ve had better.”
Admittedly, it could be to show that Polliver is a creep (and the released Arya chapter showed that Raff was sexually creepy). However, this is the first time we’ve seen anything hinting at sex in regards to the Hound and it’s directed toward ARYA, of all people! I don’t count the deleted scene were Tyrion the hero saves Sansa from the Hound’s advances since it didn’t air on the show.
It’s just such an odd choice especially when you consider that Sansa and Sandor actually have such sensual interactions—they touch each other constantly. Sansa hears his voice as a rasp. Sansa smells him—but Arya was given the line about his stench.
I never, ever got anything remotely like a sensual or sexual vibe in Arya’s chapters with the Hound, but that comment—it suggested it—even if I do not think they are going there on the show. Even the people they encountered in the novels seemed to assume they were father/daughter. I may be hearing ghosts, but it almost read like a mimic of the line where Sandor talks about what a courteous little lady Sansa was, “not like her bloody sister” but with the weird sexual twist.
I really like that we are seeing more of Sandor and Arya, but it’s not quite what I thought it would be.