Game of Thrones is on lock-down leading up to its April 24 premiere. Earlier this week it was reported that HBO has decided to not give advance episodes of the series's upcoming sixth season to press in an effort to avoid spoilers and potential screener leaks. However, if there's one thing the mighty network can't control, it's actor Ian McShane.
The nature of McShane's Game of Thrones character has been under wraps, except for that one time he basically confirmed a long-cherished book theory about the return of a fan favorite character. Yeah, McShane isn't really great at this whole "keeping secrets" thing. Then, on Thursday (March 3), he added even more fuel to the fire, telling BBC Breakfast, "Game of Thrones, that's one I can't talk about." He then proceeded to talk about it.
"I can give you one hint: My character is an ex-warrior who's become a peacenik... I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead." OK, so this information coincides with what McShane revealed late last year, which book readers have deduced to mean he's playing Septon Meribald, a character from George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows.
If you don't want to know who this Septon Meribald is or what he does, then look away now.
However, during a later visit to BBC Radio 5, McShane went all in, revealing the true nature of his character's deeds.
"I have nursed a much-loved character back to life," McShane explained. He then challenged his host to guess. When she pointed out that he could only be referring to the Hound or Jon Snow, he tried to pretend he wasn't spilling: "It's not the latter, it might be the former."
So... McShane basically confirmed the theory that he's playing someone, potentially a hybrid of Septon Meribald an the Elder Brother, who's responsible for reviving our beloved Hound, Sandor Clegane.
Not to mention, actor Rory McCann was spotted hanging around the Season 6 set last year, which perfectly coincides with McShane's detailed description.
As for Jon Snow, he's still dead. DEAD.