Originally Posted by EvilPopTart
Can anyone explain who Arya is with right now? And why do they hate The Hound so much?
in season 1/book 1 Ned Stark sent out Beric Dondarion to bring in the Mountain for his crimes in the Riverlands (if you remember he and his men were putting towns to the sword and spreading fish everywhere to frame the tully's).
basically, there were skirmishes between him and the mountain and after Ned was killed they still vowed to bring in the mountain. over time more people joined his cause from all sides and now they serve as a band of fighters that do not fight for any particular side. basically if there is someone doing wrong they try to stop them.
the Hound happened upon them by chance. they found him drunk and they knew of his past viciousness but they did not have any crimes against him that were relevant. they charge him with trial by combat because IF he is innocent r'hllor will deem it so and he will win the fight.
there is a lot of stuff i left out due to spoilers but you will probably get clued into them next week. also, they combined the character of Thoros of myr with Lem and the bard dude (cannot remember his name to save my life) which sort of confuses things (imo). they also seemed to have cut out all the gossip and talk about the brotherhood devastating lannister troops across the countryside. in the books you hear about them in passing all the damn time before arya meets up with them.