With David Benioff addressing the casting of Sandor, I figured it is time to do a casting post on The Hound. Sandor, despite not (as of yet) having his own POV chapters, is still a very complex and well-developed character. One could make the argument that he is the most developed non-POV character in the series. So getting a quality actor here is key. Another challenge for the future casting director is finding a good actor of Sandor’s size. Though not quite as big as his brother, he is described as quite tall and muscular. Here is a short list of popular candidates (Benioff excluded).
The biggest question with The Hound is whether they attempt to stay more true to his physical description in the book in regards to size and age or if they fudge it a bit to get an actor that can do justice to the role. In my opinion you always want to go with acting ability first, especially for a role as deep as this one. Obviously the hope is to find someone that can embody both the physical and emotional aspects of The Hound, but that is easier said than done.