thoughts from reading Arya’s ASOS chapters:
I’m not sure where Sandor gets his fandom reputation of being The Most Honest Ever.
I know one of his most famous lines is, "a dog will die for you and never lie to you" (and let’s be real that is a great great line). But… the thing is, the whole point is that he’s not a dog, he’s a human. And he does a lot of lying to survive the entire series. (just EXAMPLES off the top of my head: he helps Sansa lie to Joffrey, he lies to the ferryman about giving him money, he lies about being a peasant to get into the Red Wedding, he pragmatically robs the dead man, he lies to Arya to get her to try to kill him, his whole life philosophy is a big psyche-supporting lie…)
Like, obviously he’s not even close to the gross terrible liar level of say, Petyr Baelish. Not at all. I think at the core, it’s obvious that he has a fair-dealing heart, one that’s first instinct is to be fair to other people. He’s, to some extent, genuinely surprised whenever things don’t go the way they do in the songs, when people try to take advantage of him.
He’s surprised that the Brotherhood steals his money. He has a fair reputation to the point where Dondarrion tells his men they don’t have to fear Clegane killing them in their sleep. He goes out of his way to save Arya at the Red Wedding, and keeps her when he has no more use for her, he leaves the village in peace when they tell him to go…
But, especially in ASOS, he’s still a surprisingly tricky bugger, and he has a lot of sharp insights about other people. He doesn’t mind taking advantage of those insights to try to survive… I’m not sure what my point was… something about him having a heart of gold but not being the absolute apex of honesty. In a better world, this man would be the kind who never lied to anyone, but we see him as a broken man and in terrible survival situations.
Also he is sneaky quiet enough to sneak into Beric Dondarrion’s camp past his sentries, and that is A++