While we’ve known that Ian McShane (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’,’Deadwood’) would be in the sixth season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ we haven’t had much confirmation on what character he would play. In two recent interviews, he seems to have confirmed a couple big rumors involving his character that have cropped up making me want the season to get here that much quicker. Before I get into this, I’d like to mention that there are spoilers ahead and that the picture above is from the 2014 release of ‘Hercules’ and has nothing to do with his ‘GoT’ role.
Now that you’ve had time to run if you want to be surprised about the upcoming season we can really dig into things.
We had previously learned that he sadly would only be in “a one-off episode” and while he wouldn’t confirm his part, he did mention the hint that he is “responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again.” The main theory that was being thrown around at the time was that McShane would play Elder Brother who is in charge of a group of monks living in the Quiet Isle in the novel ‘A Fear For Crows’. The story sees Brienne and Podrick visiting and they are informed that the monks have laid the body of Sandor “The Hound” Clegane to rest.
Only there are hints that he is still alive and now living as one of the monks.
Now recently on BBC Breakfast, McShane told the hosts this which you can watch below:
“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.”
More hints that he is Elder Brother but things really heated up when during an interview on BBC’s Radio 5 live he says that his character is responsible for nursing a character back to life. When the host says ““It could only be the Hound or Jon Snow” McShane actually responded with:
“I think you might guess which one that is. It’s not the latter. It might be the former.”
While this isn’t solid confirmation that McShane is Elder Brother and that we’ll be seeing the return of The Hound, it really does feel like this is what we’ll be getting in the sixth season.
I suppose it could somehow also mean the return of Catelyn Stark as Lady Stoneheart but I’m pretty sure we are all in agreement that that ship has already sailed.
Are you looking forward to seeing Ian McShane on ‘Game of Thrones’? Do you think that this means we’ll see more of The Hound further into the series or will this just show him having found peace at last? Share your thoughts below!
‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO on April 24th