Game of Thrones has reached a really exciting point. After the Season 5 finale, the show has officially caught up chronologically with George R.R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice and Fire series. It will be different going into Season 6 now for viewers, because they won’t have one of the books as a cheat-sheet of sorts, letting them know what’s ahead- we’re in new and uncharted territory. The only thing we have to guide us in our plot guesses so far are some interesting casting additions; such as, most recently, Ian McShane. He’s totally playing into GOT fans’ penchant for creating pretty impressive plot theories, though, by giving us a major hint as to who he’ll be portraying. Warning- spoilers ahead!We know that James Faulkner has been brought on board to play Randall Tarly, Sam‘s father. We also know that Richard E. Grant, Essie Davis, and Joe Naufahu have snagged spots on the roster, but we don’t know who any of them will be playing. Such is the case with McShane, although he did drop a major hint for us during an interview with PopGoesTheNews.com.
“I’ll give you one hint. I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”
Even though fans are still largely in denial about Jon Snow‘s fate, it’s not widely believed that Snow is the character that McShane’s character will be responsible for bringing back. One theory is that there will be a Lady Stoneheart tie in with whoever McShane turns out to be; although, even though she leads the Brotherhood Without Banners in the novels, The producers have denied that her presence will ever be portrayed on the show.
The theory that seems to carry the most weight at this point is that McShane’s character will have a hand in bringing back The Hound, aka Sandor Clegane, played by Rory McCann. We know he was in extremely bad shape after his epic battle with Brienne of Tarth, but we also know that Arya refused to put him out of his misery by killing him, despite him begging her. So there could still be a chance that he didn’t bleed out there in the Riverlands, managing to survive instead.
As much as The Hound’s “death” resembled that of Stannis Baratheon, Stannis’ death was confirmed as the real deal, whereas The Hound’s has not been. The hints start dropping in book 4 of the series, where Brienne and the ever faithful Podrick meet Septon Meribald; a character believed to be introduced to us in Season 6. The duo is taken to the Quiet Isle to meet the Elder Brother, who informs them very vaguely of The Hound’s death. The Elder Brother also claims that he himself has died, and was then reborn on the Quiet Isle. Can the same be true for The Hound?
Should this theory be true, McShane could be playing either Septon Meribald or the Elder Brother. Fans have even speculated that the two characters may be merged into one to better streamline the story-telling.
McShane was cast as someone of ‘key importance,’ but had ‘a relatively small amount of screen time.’ This lines up pretty well with the Septon Meribald/Elder Brother theory. But alas, these are all still just theories! Do you have any theories of your own regarding McShane’s mystery character? There are bound to be more as the Season 6 premier of Game of Thrones grows closer, so get yours out there before someone else does!