Game of Thrones Season 6 premiers in just over a month, and fans are scouring every piece of news about the show for any spoilers, any hint as to what may happen in the new episodes. Well, Ian McShane dropped one yesterday with The Telegraph, just about a week after dropping one on the TV show BBC Breakfast. One has some people more hopeful for a living Jon Snow and one is related to Ian’s role. Let’s take a look.
Spoiler alert! We’re going to talk about some spoilers throughout the rest of this article. Stop reading now if you don’t wish to read spoilers.
Game of Thrones was a topic of conversation when Ian appeared on BBC Breakfast a little over a week ago. Vanity Fair reports that after telling the hosts that he couldn’t talk about his part on Game of Thrones, he did just that and dropped a spoiler that had fans talking for days. Here’s how he described his role.
“My character really is like an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik. So I have this group of peaceful, sort of like a cult, peaceful tribe who have brought back, I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead. So I’ll leave it at that.”
Wait a minute. Did Ian McShane just tell us that his Game of Thrones character will bring Jon Snow back to life? Did he just drop the biggest spoiler ever? Let’s see what we know about McShane’s Game of Thrones character.
Here’s the Game of Thrones casting call for the part he will play.
“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.”
The Game of Thrones casting call description provides a spoiler as it fits the Elder Brother from Martin’s books. Brienne meets him when she goes to the Quiet Isle in search of Sansa. And, sorry to say that he has nothing to do with Game of Thrones fan favorite Jon Snow. But he has a lot to do with someone else we all liked and assumed was dead. The fact that the Elder Brother appears in this season of Game of Thrones provides a spoiler about the return of not Jon Snow, but The Hound.
In the Game of Thrones books, the Elder Brother tells Brienne that The Hound is dead, that he buried him himself. But there is also a Gravedigger in that scene who is very large, hides his face with a scarf, and has injuries that match The Hound. Sightings of Rory McCann on the set, coupled with McShane’s statement, make this spoiler pretty much a sure thing. But is it a Game of Thrones resurrection? I mean, the Elder Brother said he was dead. Some believe it’s a literal resurrection and some believe that The Hound figuratively died. That the violence and aggression that earned him that name died, as The Elder Brother’s former warrior persona died, and that now he lives in peace on the Quiet Isle. We’ll find out the truth in Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
“They asked me if I wanted to do Game of Thrones and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll be able to see my old pals Charlie Dance and Stephen Dillane’ and they said, ‘No, we’ve killed them off.’ I wasn’t sure whether I could commit, but then they said it would only be for one episode, so I said, ‘So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.'”
Well, apparently Ian McShane didn’t get the memo about being tightlipped when it comes to Game of Thrones spoilers this year. He just told us he’ll be in only one episode. This also lines up with the Elder Brother in the Game of Thrones books in that he has no other role except to give the news of The Hound and Sansa Stark to Brienne.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.
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