English actor Ian McShane is set to star in an episode of Game of Thrones this season — but the way he’s been handling himself lately, it’s almost certainly going to be his first and last appearance on HBO’s main breadwinner.
Despite the veil of secrecy that normally surrounds the show — especially evident this season, which will be the first that moves past George R.R. Martin’s original novels — McShane has been mouthing off to reporters, dropping major nuggets about what’s to come. (WARNING: GoT spoilers ahead.)
A couple of weeks ago, during an appearance on BBC Breakfast, the former Deadwood star essentially laid out exactly who his character is and what he’ll be doing:
“My character really is like an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik,” McShane revealed, “so I have a group of peaceful … sort of a cult who … I bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead.”
He went on to mention that the character he brings back isn’t Jon Snow, so it’s almost certain that McShane will be playing Elder Brother, who revives Arya’s old buddy The Hound in the books.
Over the weekend, McShane gave the Telegraph another important tidbit about his character: “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.'”
It’s probably best for McShane that he won’t be sticking around, because he also made a comment that absolutely won’t sit well with the show’s fans:
“You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape,” he said. “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f—ing life. It’s only tits and dragons.”
Good luck with that one, McShane. After all, if there’s one thing GoT fans are known for, it’s staying perfectly calm and rational.