While everyone else involved with Game of Thrones has been secretive to the point of dishonesty to conceal plot points about the upcoming sixth season, Ian McShane is dropping hints left and right, because he is not interested in playing the promotional game.
The 73-year-old British actor let slip last year that he'll be playing a priest who resurrects a dead character, which is probably either Jon Snow (Kit Harington) — whose death and potential resurrection has fueled rampant, obsessive speculation in the months between Seasons 5 and 6 — or the Hound (Rory McCann), since McShane's character on the show resembles a character in the novels who brought back Arya Stark's (Maisie Williams) reluctant companion.
And now, in an interview with The Telegraph, McShane said that he'll only appear in one episode, a previously undisclosed development. Hilariously, he mentioned this while complaining about people getting mad at him for saying too much before.
"I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think, get a f---ing life. It's only t--s and dragons," he said, showing what he thinks of nerds who get upset about spoilers.
"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,'" he continued, referencing the actors who played Tywin Lannister and Stannis Baratheon. "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.'"
So now we know that Ian McShane plays a soldier-turned-peacenik-priest who resurrects somebody and then probably dies at the end of the episode. And also, Ian McShane thinks we all need to get some perspective on our obsession with this dumb show.
The whole interview is a pretty interesting read, as McShane talks about his sordid past, his hard-earned sobriety and his typically "old British actor" opinion on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Read it here.
Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 24 at 9/8c on HBO.