McShane Hints At “Game of Thrones” Role

One of the more intriguing bits of casting for the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” is that of “Deadwood” alumni Ian McShane. It’s known that the beloved actor will only have a one-off appearance in the series, but that brief time will include a major event that will impact the remainder of the show.

Today, in a new interview for BBC Breakfast, the actor seemed to give away a bit too much – confirming a theory that readers of the books have been discussing for some time:

“My character is an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik. So I have this group of peaceful…sort of a cult, a peaceful tribe. I bring back a much loved character who everyone thinks is dead. I’ll leave it at that.”

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

In the books, Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne stumble across a community on the isolated Quiet Isle where a religious leader known as ‘The Elder Brother’ runs a monk community – one of them strongly suggested to be Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane whom the Elder Brother revived from the dead.

“Game of Thrones” will kick off its sixth season on April 24th.