Talking at BBC Breakfast, Ian McShane, who was cast in Season 6 last August, revealed some details about his role on Game of Thrones.
If you want to remain completely free of spoilers, then do not watch the video or read anything further, it goes without saying.
Shout out to our readey Wylie who alerted us to the clip. Always support the bottom!
Here is what McShane says: “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.”
We already knew about the second part; Ian McShane said in November: “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.” He was also reportedly seen on set filming scenes with an outlaw band.
With his latest description of the role, we can now more firmly link McShane to the following 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.
As we have speculated, this would be the show counterpart of Septon Meribald, potentially combined with the Elder Brother of the Quiet Isle. We all know what character the books hint at still being alive connected to that storyline, and we had a Rory McCann sighting earlier. The pieces are all falling together nicely, don’t you think?
UPDATE: In addition to his BBC Breakfast interview, Ian McShane appeared on Radio 5 Live today and pretty much straight up admitted who is coming back with his appearance.
The actor discusses his role, and says his character is nursing a much-loved character back to health. The hosts guess that “It could only be the Hound or Jon Snow!”
McShane plays coy initially saying, “I’ll leave you with that one.” But laughing with the hosts, McShane admits, “I think you might guess which one that is. It’s not the latter. It might be the former.”
Thanks to WotW reader Tkk for bringing this to our attention!