In a recent interview Ian McShane shared a few details about his character in ‘Game of Thrones‘ which may have revealed to readers of the novels exactly who he is. Good news for those who can’t wait to see him on the big screen though bad news for anyone who was hoping he’d be in more than a single episode. While the actor could truly fit for almost any uncast character in the hardened lands of Westeros it is clear that he is going to be there for a key moment, even if only for a single episode.
Only one episode? That’s right:
“[It’s] a one-off episode. That’s why I did it. But I can’t reveal anything, otherwise I will never work again.”
So who will be be? Well he doesn’t spell it out because he does need to continue working but there is a clue to be had:
“I’ll give you one hint. I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.’
Now before we all get on the Jon Snow train here I think that everyone is sure that he’s making a comeback so that “never going to see again” kind of miffs that. Also with Melisandre on site it seems redundant on needing another priest to show up and bring him back to life. The only feasible way that would work was if he actually plays the Lord of Light R’hllor. However, as I think we’re all sure Snow is coming back already that this doesn’t fit.
There is one main theory I’ve seen touted so far though I have two of my own to throw into the mix.
If you have read the novels yet there could be some spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned!
The first theory is that is that McShane could be a monk. Specifically one that was in ‘A Feast For Crows’ where we see Brienne and Podrick visiting a sanctuary on the Quiet Isle which is full of monks who have vowed to live in silence. There they meet Elder Brother who is charge of the monks and informs them that he has not only found the body of Sandor “The Hound” Clegane but laid his body to rest. Of course, there just happens to be a rather tall monk with a limp there who many suspect is a still living Hound.
Could this be where we see McShane and how we find someone we never thought we’d see again? Possibly.
Another potential theory could be that we never did get to see was the resurrection of another Stark.
Lady Stoneheart anyone?
This could somehow tie into bringing Catelyn Stark back for a rather major story arc that was completely skimmed over.
The last one which I haven’t seen brought up by this could be a flashback scene. Just because he could be “bringing somebody back” doesn’t mean back to life, just back to the show. Perhaps McShane could be the Mad King and we finally have an excuse on why Ned Stark could show up for one last appearance on the show? My money is actually on one of the first two theories but it could fit as a flashback could be key to telling us Jon Snow’s lineage.
What are your thoughts on McShane’s role on the show? Who do you think he’ll be playing in the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film.