Just the other day, it was reported that HBO would disallowing any advance screeners to press outlets, or anyone for that matter, for Game of Thrones Season 6. For those unaware, this is typically a tactic movie studios do when they’re not confident with their product and want to impede early negative press from the media. Never has this done by a TV Network – it’s unprecedented. And before you freak out, it has nothing to do with Season 6 sucking and everything to do with preventing spoilers. GoT is one, if not the highest, illegally downloaded TV series in history. With season 6 venturing into uncharted territory – going beyond the book series – the Network, cast, and creatives are trying their darnedest to keep a tight lid on things.
All the these efforts, and what happens? An actor goes and accidentally ruins things.
Today, Ian McShane – who plays an unspecified character in season 6 – was recently interviewed about the shows upcoming season and unintentionally revealed a little too much; seemingly confirming the future outlook of a character, who by all accounts, was assumed dead.
He was reluctant to say anything but he, of course, caved. He attempted to give a tease, a little snippet of what to expect from his character, but wound up revealing a potentially big spoiler. The legendary actor had this to say:
My character is an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik. So I have this group of peaceful…sort of a cult, a peaceful tribe. I bring back a much loved character who everyone thinks is dead. I’ll leave it at that.
In A Feast For Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin’s series, Brienne of Tarth and her loyal squire Podrick Payne find themselves in land referred to as isolated Quiet Isle. There, a former knight turned healer and religious leader called “The Elder Brother”who runs a community of monks, all of whom have taken a vow of silence. That definitely sounds like the character McShane is referring to.
But that’s not the spoiler-y bit, it’s the second half of his statement that has gotten fans attention – bringing a character back from the dead. Who in the 7 hells could he be talking about?
Before anyone makes the leap, it’s not a Stark (I’ll let you hazard to guess which one). It is heavily implied (but not confirmed) that one of the silent monks is actually Sandor Clegane, better referred to as, The Hound.
As fans of the show will recall, The Hound was beaten and left for dead by Brienne of Tarth in the end of Season 4. It’s assumed the McShane’s character found the Hound as he was dying, saved his life, and offered him a new lease on life.
This, of course, is all speculative (and one of many fan theories) but the shoe fits.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain, the show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff must of saw this and went “Fuuuuu!”