Ever since it was announced that Ian McShane was joining the cast of Game of Thrones back in August, there has been lots and lots of speculation as to which book character he could be playing. We may finally have the answer.
While we still don’t have an official confirmation as to the Deadwood actor's role in the upcoming Season 6, a new interview offers some very intriguing hints as to who he could actually be, and what his character will be up to.
BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE BOOK SPOILERS BELOW!
While the actor was doing press rounds in Mexico for his new movie The Hollow Point, McShane spoke with the good folks over at Pop Goes The News and said:
“I’ll give you one hint,” McShane told Pop Goes The News. “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”
Interesting! The actor also said of his role that “[It’s] a one-off episode.” Some fans have been speculating that McShane could be playing a role similar to that of Septon Meribald and the Elder Brother from the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Feast for Crows. And I think they're on to something.
Why’s that? Well, apparently Rory McCann -- who played Sandor Clegane, aka the Hound, on the fantasy series -- has been spotted in Belfast at a hotel frequently used by the show. A source for Watchers on the Wall actually eyeballed the actor there in August.
Book readers will know that after he was left for dead by Arya in A Storm of Swords, the Hound briefly reappears as the mysterious, hooded and lame Gravedigger in A Feast for Crows. On the HBO series, Arya (Maisie Williams) also leaves the younger Clegane brother for dead at the end of Season 4, after an epic brawl with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) -- although we never actually see him die.
The main theory making the rounds is since the Hound’s brother Ser Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson) is now a reanimated Ser Robert Strong and Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) champion, Sandor Clegane will become a champion of the Faith (after a stint as a novice on the Quiet Isle) and face off against his monstrous brother.
Another theory is that it could be Lady Catelyn Stark being brought back from the dead as Lady Stoneheart, since Michelle Fairley has been rumored to have been to Belfast a few times in the past months. However, Watchers on the Wall points out that nothing suggests she’s been on set. Since the show will actually deal with the rebirth of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) next season, I highly doubt it will introduce a second storyline involving the resurrection of a beloved character. At least for Season 6.
What do you think? Do you believe Ian McShane will play Septon Meribald/the Elder Brother and herald the return of Sandor Clegane on Game of Thrones?
(via Watchers on the Wall)