Ian McShane, known for his roles as Deadwood’s Al Swearengen and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Blackbeard, has officially joined Game of Thrones for the next season. One of the brilliant character actors in Hollywood, the involvement of McShane will strengthen the already star-studded show. Now that he is officially in for Season 6, the big question is which role will he be playing. One would think that there would be a substantially important role for him to play, given his immense talents. Based on the casting and speculation regarding the next season, I’ve short-listed three characters that will be appearing in the next season, that are noteworthy as well as suitable for McShane. This is all just a speculation but it seems McShane will have an important role to play in Season 6. Also, brace yourself for some spoilers!
Rhaegar Targaryen’s Kingsguard
The showdown at the Tower of Joy is a segment featured in the books and sources says that it will be featured in the next season, further solidifying the R+L=J theory. This will give us a glimpse of Ser Arthur Dayne, Ser Gerold Hightower and Ser Oswell Whent (The knights of Rhaegar Targaryen’s Kingsguard) who fought Ned Stark to prevent him from rescuing his sister Lyanna. They are portrayed as fierce warriors and renowned across Westeros. Ian McShane can efficiently portray any of these roles, possibly the Lord Commander Gerold Hightower. The show runners have said that McShane's role is small but crucial. May be they will go for a younger cast for the knights. Even though, It would certainly be a joy (pun intended) to see this gruesome showdown on our TV screens.
Lord Baelon Greyjoy’s smart-witted brother ( and Theon’s uncle) Euron Greyjoy is a favorite among readers. Yet another addition to the string of anti-heroes, Euron promises to be a strong character like the Hound and Tywin Lannister. The captain of Silence is an ideal role for McShane, but considering the span of the character, it is unlikely to be the case. Still, it would be a delight to see him as Euron, since McShane is famous for playing anti-heroes.
Perhaps we have a winner here. Father of Samwell Tarly, we are introduced to this character by Sam when he told his story to Jon Snow. A glorious warrior with a Valyrian steel sword called Heartsbane in his possession, Randyll could play an important role in the future of Game of Thrones. There is also a hint that indicates a reunion of the father and son and it might be the moment we see McShane in the series for the first time. McShane could bring much depth to Randyll Tarly as a stubborn father and a noble warrior.