Ian McShane just dropped what could potentially be a massive spoiler for the upcoming season of HBO's Game Of Thrones. Already confirmed to be appearing in Season 6 of the smash-hit fantasy show, McShane was reported to have a small but significant role.
Speaking on the BBC Breakfast show, McShane dropped a couple of hints that all but confirmed the return of one of the show's most beloved characters. Sandor "The Hound" Clegane:
"My character really is like 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."
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In the past, McShane has made statements in the same vein as the above, however, his second sentence is much more pointed, directing fans to a specific character from the books.
The fourth book from George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire novels, A Feast For Crows, features the character known as the Elder Brother. Brienne of Tarth encounters the man who is the figurehead of a community called the Quiet Isle. The community is a place where warriors seek penitence for their violent ways.
When it comes to the novels, everyone has a theory. And the community on the upthrust island at the mouth of the river Trident is the focus of many. When studying the Quiet Isle chapters, readers have surmised that one of the inhabitants who has rejected his violent past and sought refuge is Sandor Clegane. When last we saw The Hound, both in the novels and TV series, he was being left for dead by Arya Stark.
However, with Game of Thronesnothing is certain. We never actually see Sandor Clegane die. The Quiet Isle would be the perfect place to hide away from the world. The male penitents on the island seek atonement for their past sins and Clegane has many. Only the Elder Brother and his protectors are allowed to speak on the island, with the inhabitants only permitted to break their vow of silence in confession. Thus, the perfect hiding place for The Hound.
One thing's for sure: We'll find out when Season 6 hits our screens. Scheduled to premiere on April 24, the world will be watching for the first time, including the media. Since last year's leak, HBO has refused to send out any early screeners and rightly so.