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Ian McShane Drops a Juicy Game of Thrones Spoiler


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Oooh! Tell me the spoiler and what you think of it?

That McShane character description points to a Season 6 casting call that went out for a “Priest, in his 40s or 50s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.” That description, in turn, lines up with the book character Septon Meribald. (To be more accurate it’s probably a hybrid of Meribald and someone called Elder Brother.) 

The show is going a bit out of order here, but in the books, Brienne, while looking for Sansa on a place called the Quiet Isle, meets the Elder Brother character. He tells her that the Hound is dead and that he buried the corpse himself. But many book readers have noted that there’s a Gravedigger in that scene who is an enormous man with a scarf over his face and injuries similar to the Hound’s. There are other clues (which you can read about here) that make the Gravedigger=the Hound theory one of the more sound book-reader guesses out there. It’s unconfirmed, but McShane just made it a lot firmer.

Add to that the fact that actor Rory McCann has been spotted hanging around the set and, well, we have ourselves a resurrection. It’s possible, given that McShane is only in one episode, that Rory McCann will only cameo in the background as the Hound-turned-Gravedigger. It would be a fun Easter egg for viewers. But if that’s the case, it ruins another, wilder book-reader theory. What do you think: Does the Hound deserve to live out the rest of his days in peace on the Quiet Isle or would you rather see him drawn back into the violent game of thrones still raging in King’s Landing

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