In a recent interview with BBC breakfast, Ian Mcshane was asked to comment about his role on Game of Thrones. Initially, the Deadwood star was reluctant to provide any details but when requested by the host to give a ‘tiny hint’, he ended up revealing a lot. Here is what McShane said:
“My character is really an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik. So I have this group of peaceful… sort of like a cult peaceful tribe, who have brought back… I bring back this much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead.”
** Spoilers and speculation beyond this point **
If you’re a book reader, two names will almost instantly come to your mind – Elder Brother and Sandor Clegane. The former is a healer and the leader of a community in the Quiet Isle- an island full of penitents.
Ex-Warrior and Peacenik:
Elder Brother was a knight who fought for House Targaryen in the Battle of Trident (Robert’s Rebellion). He was knocked unconscious in the battle and was dumped in the river Trident by others, who thought he was dead. He floated downstream and woke up on Quiet Isle, where he spent the next decade in silence.
Group of peaceful tribe:
Quiet Isle’s inhabitants are penitents, sworn to the Faith of Seven. They have taken a vow of silence and seek forgiveness for their sins, through contemplation and prayers.
Bring back a much loved character who everybody thinks is dead:
The Hound aka Sandor Clegane is the fan-favorite anti-hero and everyone was quite disappointed when he was left to die by Arya Stark after being gravely injured in a fight with Brienne in season 4. He also didn’t appear last season which led fans to believe that he might actually be dead.
In the books, Elder brother tells Brienne that he found Sandor Clegane (Brienne vs Hound never happened in the books). He claims that he spoke to Sandor briefly before he succumbed to his wounds. However, he seemed to have a lot of knowledge about Sandor’s history, mind, soul and personality, which could mean that Elder Brother was not completely honest or was speaking metaphorically.
Also, a character named Gravedigger is mentioned in the books, who lives on Quiet Isle, and is said to be a large man who covers his face with a scarf. He has similar injuries as The Hound’s and is seen petting a dog. Sandor’s horse Stranger is also present on the island. These hints have led many readers to believe that Gravedigger is actually The Hound. Moreover, Rory McCann was spotted in Belfast last year which has also fueled the speculation that he might return in Season 6.
Check out Ian Mcshane’s interview below.