Ian McShane Will Return To HBO For Season 6 Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

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It’s been almost a decade since Deadwood ended its three season run on HBO and one of the series’ breakout stars is finally returning to the network. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Ian McShane will be joining the sixth season of Game of Thrones in a very mysterious role:

The show’s tight-lipped production will not reveal any details about McShane’s character, who’s coming on board for the most mysterious season yet. Thrones is preparing to dive headlong into narrative territory not yet revealed in author George R.R. Martin’s novels (and despite that opening sentence, McShane’s character could theoretically appear in Westeros or Essos or somewhere in between).

We can tell you, however, that sources say McShane has a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, yet his character is of key importance.

Since appearing on David Milch’s TV western, McShane has made a name for himself in America by performing in everything from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to Kung Fu Panda. He’s also appeared on TV as a psychotic Santa Claus in American Horror Story: Coven and, most recently, in season three of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Given his small amount of Thrones screen time, part of me hopes he’ll just bring Al Swearengen back for one last ride. The c*cksucker quota in the Westeros vernacular seems to be drastically underserved, after all.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)