WARNING, THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT GAME OF THRONES. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Ian McShane will be a new star on the wildly popular book/television series Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, he has earned the hatred of many Game of Thrones fans when he previously revealed that “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.” This massive bombshell signaled to many people that Jon Snow, one of the more popular characters to be killed off might be returning to the show. Other theories include the Hound returning after Arya so graciously left him to die with a fatal wound on the side of the road.
If that wasn’t enough, Ian tells reporters that his character is a “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.” Based off this description many Game of Thrones detectives have figured out that he probably plays some variation of Elder Brother. For those that are a bit lost with that reference, that’s understandable since the television show is now going a bit off track compared to the book. But let’s just say it reveals that a major event will be triggered.
Recently, Ian gave another interview where he was faced with the reactions that he left in his wake as a result from his previous interview. Instead of remorse or even an apology to fans he just bluntly said “You say the slightest thing and the Internet goes ape. I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f—ing life. While that might be what it seems like to a non-fan of Game of Thrones, it is surprising and extremely disconcerting that a cast member said this about the show.
In the same interview that he called Game of Thrones “only tits and dragons.” He also revealed that his character will not be sticking around. He said that he only agreed to do the show because his character would only appear for one episode. Which means he’ll appear, do something amazing, and just die off. We’re not questioning the show runners, they have consistently given us amazing episodes. But with this recent debacle, it’s hard not to think that they cast the wrong person for this role. Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see for season 6.