Although HBO has somewhat managed to keep the lid on Ian McShane’s "one-off" mystery role in Game of Thrones so far, today the American Gods actor (he's just been cast as Mr. Wednesday) has dropped a pretty big spoiler concerning to the role he’ll play, and about a certain someone believed dead who'll be back along with him.
SPOILERS FOR A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE AND SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES BELOW
First off, during an appearance on BBC Breakfast, McShane revealed some intriguing details about his role on the HBO fantasy series. “My character really is like an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik, so I have a group of peaceful...sort of a cult who...I bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead.”
Does that sound a tiny bit familiar to you? Book readers will recognize that description as being that of the Elder Brother, the leader of a religious community on the Quiet Isle. He was a former knight who fought at the Battle of the Trident for House Targaryen. But there are rumors that Ian McShane’s Game of Thrones character will be a mix of the Elder Brother and Septon Meribald, who is connected to the Elder Brother. Here's the original casting call:
Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.
Now, who says Elder Brother/Septon Meribald also says the Gravedigger. And who says the Gravedigger says Sandor Clegane, aka the Hound (Rory McCann). Who we never saw actually die on the show, by the way. Back in November, Ian McShane said “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”
In another appearance on Radio 5 Live today, McShane gave further hints as to who will be back for Season 6, saying that his character has nursed a much-loved character back to life. When the host said “It could only be the Hound or Jon Snow,” McShane pretty much straight up admitted who it was. “I think you might guess which one that is. It’s not the latter. It might be the former.”
There you have it. That and the fact that Rory McCann was spotted in Belfast in August of last year pretty much confirms it. Are you excited about Ian McShane’s role on Game of Thrones? Are you looking forward to the Hound's return?
Game of Thrones returns on April 24.
(via Watchers on the Wall)