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The Hound On 'Game Of Thrones' Vs. Real Life

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Game of Thrones saw a slew of deaths last season -- from the highborn Margaery Tyrell to wolves like Summer and Shaggydog -- but we also we also saw the case of The Hound Who Lived.

Left for dead at the end of Season 4 by Arya Stark after his fight with Brienne of Tarth, most fans of the show assumed that was the end of actor Rory McCann's character, aka Sandor Clegane. But last season surprised us all with the return of the character who had been found and nursed back to health by Brother Ray, played by Ian McShane.

But while we were all over the moon to recognize The Hound as part of the cast once more, McCann is pleased to be able to slip in and out of filming unnoticed. After all, he looks nothing like his character.

Here he is in Season 1:

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Here he is in Season 6:

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And here's what Rory McCann looks like in real life.

Hanging out with Maisie Williams, natch!

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The Hound cleans up quite nicely!

As for how playing the Hound has been for McCann, he admitted recently this was the hardest season yet in terms of fighting. As he told The Express: "I'm sore."

He also hinted The Hound would be meeting up with more of the characters from the show this year:

I've been socialising and working with more actors, which is a good thing...  [Bu] I think my body can only take one more season, I'm sore.

Who exactly has McCann been working with? What fights are making him so sore? Though fans would love to hear he's heading to King's Landing for the long awaited "Cleganbowl" the photos suggest The Hound is far North of there, and in fact will be part of Jon Snow's coalition, fighting the Night King beyond the Wall.

Game of Thrones returns July 16, on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.