Ian McShane Spoils a Few More ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Details
Even as HBO extends the cone of silence around Game of Thrones Season 6, Ian McShane isn’t historically one to keep his mouth shut on the cable network. Ergo, the former Deadwood star offers a few new key details of his Game of Thrones Season 6 character, likely confirming another major resurrection.
You’re warned of a few Game of Thrones theories and spoilers at this point, but where previously future American Gods lead McShane previously alluded to his returning a fan-favorite Game of Thrones character, the actor expanded on his role to BBC Breakfast (h/t Vanity Fair, Watchers on the Wall):
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.
Moreso than ever, McShane’s words likely point to his one-episode appearance as literary character Septon Meribald (perhaps combined with Elder Brother), a monk whose brief appearance is tied to a mysterious hooded figure many have theorized as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, recuperated from his ambiguous fate, and living a peaceful life as a Gravedigger.
For what it’s worth, here’s how McShane’s likely role was first described:
Priest, in his 40s or 50s. 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.
Elsewhere of Game of Thrones Season 6, soon to be renewed for Seasons 7 and 8, screen legend Max von Sydow has been cast as the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven to a returning Bran, joining Richard E. Grant and The Babadook star Essie Davis as theatre troup players, four notable actors as the Tarly family, Melanie Liburd as a new Red Priestess, and Borgen star Pilou Asbæk as fan-favorite Euron Greyjoy. Apart from a list of directors, Of Monsters and Men will put in a cameo, and story logistics seemingly confirm scenes set at The Wall next year.
In the meantime, check out the latest on the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere with additional teasers below, and stay tuned for April 24!